by Renee Andrews – A fun read. Set in a small town near New Orleans, this novel is cram-packed full of southern sweetness and charm. The main characters are quirky and adorable, in that near-stereotypical way we’ve come to expect in this type of story. And while that’s not a bad thing, per se, I did find the story’s complications and darker plot twists, which had the possibilities of real pathos and emotional depth, were resolved too easily. The characters were too good, in a pollyanna way, and too quick to forgive, with no lasting emotional baggage. Yes, I wanted the characters to live happily ever after. But I wanted them to earn it, to grapple with real turmoil and to demonstrate that they’ve learned, grown, changed by the things they do and the things that happen to them.
Bottom line: Sweet, light and enjoyable, just like buttercream icing… but it could have used a lot more coconut to balance the flavor and texture. Trust me, it’s a metaphor you’ll understand pretty quickly if you read the book. (finished 3/28/14)