Addie Andrews is living a life interrupted. Tragedy sent her fleeing from Chicago to the shelter of an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt’s somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. There she reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. If only they didn’t make her feel so much!
People say nothing happens in small towns, but Addie quickly learns better. She’s got an elderly next door neighbor who perplexingly dances outside in his underwear, a house needing more work than she has money, a best friend whose son uncannily predicts the weather, and a local drug dealer holding a massive grudge against her.
Most surprising of all, she’s got a dog. But not any dog, but a bedraggled puppy she discovered abandoned, lost, and in desperate need of love. Kind of like Addie herself. She’d come to Eunice hoping to hide from the world, but soon she discovers that perhaps she’s finding the way back—to living, laughing, and loving once more.
Sabrina-Kate - 3 Star
Although this book was very readable, I didn't necessarily find it entirely plausible so, for that reason, I did not rate it higher. Despite the fact that it was enjoyable, I wanted something more from the story and found myself a tiny bit disappointed in what I felt could have been much more.
The characters were cute but necessarily realistic. I was frustrated at times with what I felt was an unnecessary naivety on Abbie's part. Yes, it is normal to do some searching in your life to discover who you really are but I am not sure that it was entirely normal at her stage of life.
The story had a lot of interesting characters and plot twists and was definitely not at all predictable which is probably one of the things I enjoyed about it the most. I was not able to anticipate any upcoming event and this made the story more intriguing. But despite all that, I feel like it could have been a much more powerful story in some way. I can't say exactly how but it felt like there was something just off kilter about how things all played out.
So I didn't love but I didn't hate this story and know that I did enjoy it. I even read it quite quickly so it isn't that it isn't worth picking up but that you have to not expect anything more than a cute story.
Thank you to William Morrow for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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