It’s time for the Bucklin family reunion … again. They have more in a year than many people have in five years. Shay Henke likes to see her family, but she could do without all the associated drama. In fact, the drama has already begun, from trying to keep her sister-in-law’s secret, to trying to help out her twin cousins with their business and real estate ventures, and, finally, being the only one without a significant other to take to the reunion. However, the latter changes when her high school crush returns to town and agrees to go with her. His attendance will certainly raise eyebrows at the reunion. But, that’s par for the course in the Bucklin family. Shay sums it all up quite nicely: “When someone mentions family, I think of unconditional love, hearth, home, and all things safe and wonderful. That is, until the word ‘reunion’ is added to it.”
Let me start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book, starting with the cover. Mayne’s latest is Southern women’s fiction at its finest! There is great characterization, with a little bit of something for everyone in the cast; single, married, newlyweds, parents, and all-around loveable. Rich dialogue combines with realistic family drama and dynamics and small-town (even a bit of redneck) charm to create a story that will stay with you after the final page (which comes way too soon!). The only thing that could have made this book any better would have been a section for the recipes mentioned throughout 😊 Thankfully, this is the first book in the “Bucklin Family Reunion” series, and I can’t wait for the next installment!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the LitFuse blog tour. I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
Debby Mayne is the author or more than 40 novels and novellas that have received the "Top Pick" award from Romantic Times Magazine and been among the "Top 10 Favorites" in the Heartsong Presents book club. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative marketing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She is currently an etiquette writer for The Spruce, one of the DotDash (formerly About.com) companies.
Debby grew up in a military family, which mean moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.
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