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Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia, is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it's become one big family affair. And, true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody's business.
Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.
As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you'll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago - including the dating prospects.
Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish out of water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?
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By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17
Thank you Ms. Harper
Not a book for everyone, but Molly Harper always manages to bring a smile to my face and the occasional LOL. Her writing is sharp, clever and creative. She brings larger than life characters to life, albeit unbelievable, but reality isn't always the point. The point is this book makes a good little escape.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful
By TMCarlson on 11-25-17
I usually want Molly's books to go on forever....
This had a similar writing style as the Half Moon Hollow series (which I adore) minus the humor and loveable main characters. Honestly, I found myself not liking the MC for well over half the book. Margot came off as cold, snobbish and arrogant well into the story. Even when she softened a bit, she lacked qualities that made me want to know her better or cheer her on in anyway.
Molly's books usually leave me laughing and happy as I click replay for a second, third and even fourth time. But for me, this book lacked humor and the usual compelling characters I would love to meet or hang out with in real life if they existed. As one of Molly Harper's longer books, I kept checking to see if it would be over soon even napping for half an hour while it played. I didn't hate the book. But I don't think I will be replaying it either.
97 of 104 people found this review helpful
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By Eva on 04-03-18
No idea what happened
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Different book? I normally love Molly Harper books and have been fan for ages, but this is just too bad! I kept on thinking where is the humour gone...
What could Molly Harper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I found Margot arrogant, cold and down right nasty at times. I have no idea where did the regular type of heroine go. They used to be smart and snarky and fun. Margot is some version of mean princess. She is contrary in her behaviour to a point where I shouted that she needs therapy for her dual personality and nastiness not because of her unwillingness to allow her father to be human. I just did not cheer for hew at all.
Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I love Amanda Ronconi- she is my favourite US narrator! She has such a friendly and engaging tone of voice I'd love her to do car navi voice over.
Any additional comments?
I do appreciate that so many people liked this book a great deal and feel bad for not liking it, but this is not first review I left for Molly Harper's book and all the previous ones were positive as I loved them. This is first time I am unhappy, so do not judge all author's other books by this review. For me it is just one bad book in avalanche of great ones by MH.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By I OFarrell on 03-05-18
Sweet and funny
When Margot’s city life comes crashing down around her in spectacular fashion, she doesn’t realise just how far-reaching the effects will be. As she becomes the laughingstock of the internet, she loses heart but a surprise call gives her another option. The family business funeral home isn’t exactly what she’d trained for but the hot teacher Kyle certainly keeps life interesting.
This romance has Harper’s unique blend of humour and a big dash of emotion making it a great read. Margot is a likeable character and when things go wrong for her, it reminds the reader that we all carry embarrassing stories that we’d rather not go viral. The situation between Margot and her father was a particularly sore spot for me personally but by the end of the book, I felt like I’d taken something important from the story.
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By Amazon Customer on 11-27-17
ruined by chipmunks
A big fan of snarky books I had settled in for a fun evening... then it happened, the chipmunk voice.
Was the occasional helium balloon given to the narrator? Did the audio engineers knock a button?
After a while, I was so distracted by the random change of voice to chipmunk that I lost track of the story.
Not your best work...
By Jazztyke on 11-23-17
How rampaging flamingos gave Margot true love.
Margot is an event planner whose last event in Chicago goes terribly awfully wrong. Flamingos and shrimp were involved and it turned ugly.
Now unemployed and pretty much unemployable in her chosen profession the only choice left to her is with the extended family whom she’s been estranged from since she was a baby.
Margot is about to enter a ‘brave new world’ in Georgia.
....but it turns out to be not so bad.
Loved this book. From Molly Harper’s down home prose and quirky, very loveable characters, to Amanda Ronconi’s fantastic narration it’s a funny, heartwarming way to spend a few hours. Guaranteed.