Monday, July 18, 2016

Lowcountry Stranger (Sweeney Sisters #2) by Ashley Farley

Paperback, 284 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2016 by Leisure Time Books

Family Drama, Southern Style. 
There's a stranger in town. And it’s no coincidence when she shows up uninvited at a Sweeney family wedding. All eyes are drawn to this urchin who seems to have washed in with the tide. Before the night is over, the doe-eyed waif charms young and old with her street smarts and spunky personality. For better or worse, Annie Dawn is here to stay.

The memorable Sweeney sisters from Her Sister’s Shoes have returned with more suspense and family drama to hold you spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. As she approaches the next stage of her life as an empty nester, Jackie is torn between expanding her fledgling design business and spending these last precious months with her boys before they fly the coop. Her own worst enemy, Sam is terrified of making a commitment to Eli Marshall, handsome police officer, true love of her life. Her resolve is tested when a ghost from her past shows up after nearly two decades. Faith nurtures her seven-year-old daughter who is recovering from the trauma of her abusive father. Is the threat in the past, or is there more danger on the horizon? The sisters seek guidance from their mother, Lovie, a true Southern matriarch who shows them how to respond to adversity with grace and dignity.

Things are heating up in the Lowcountry. The Sweeney sisters remind us, once again, that being a part of a family is about more than sharing the same DNA.

My Thoughts…

Oh my… This Sweeney family has more drama, heartache, and love than any family I have ever known.    Sometimes a family is just destine to have drama.  I feel like that is true for this family.     Between a stranger coming to town and implementing herself into their family to a person from the past coming back to a kidnapping and so much more this is a very busy book.      There is a lot going on within the story but the theme is family, love, and support.   Never was there a doubt that this family would come out on top and together.    

I found myself pulled into this story from the very beginning.   When I was forced to put the back down I found myself thinking about the story and characters wanting to continue with their story.     With each chapter I found something or someone else who is wonderful.  

The teenage/children characters were my absolute favorite.    They acted their age, protected their families, and were perfect for this story.    They knew what children their age should know and did not act older and behave in ways that children did not usually behave.     I think this adds a lot to the story when characters, both adult and children, act their ages.      Ashley Farley did an excellent job of portraying them. 

This is the second book in the series, the characters are consistent, but the story is one of its own.     You do not have to read My Sister’s Shoes (MY REVIEW HERE) to appreciate Lowcountry Stranger.   There is enough background given that this story will make perfect sense reading it without reading the first one.   Although, I recommend reading them both (in any order) because they are both wonderful.  

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm glad you are able to identify with the Sweeney family. Stand tuned for the next installment in the series, Boots and Bedlam, scheduled for release mid-October.