This light-hearted read was enjoyable for this longtime Southerner. Having lived in many different locations, mostly Southern, I could easily relate to many instances of “Southern Speak”, and I chuckled over many of them. I do think it was a bit overdone in places, but what the heck, it helped increase my southern vocabulary and caused more than one smile so I am content. I loved the camaraderie and chemistry between Tess and Jackson. Some of the other characters reminded me of folks I know. The style of writing is breezy and light even though Tess is a tenacious protagonist.
Wanting a fresh start following her divorce, Tess Tremaine sets up residence in the little town of Goose Pimple Junction. One of the biggest hurdles for the Northerner to come to grips with is learning to interpret the local colloquialisms and southern slang. Her goal is to slow down and enjoy the day-to-day small pleasures. She has no aspirations for a new man to enter her life, nor does she expect to uncover a hornet’s nest of trouble when she unwittingly uncovers a mystery surrounding a decades old tragedy.
When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
Edition 2, re-edited and re-formatted. Re-released 9/6/14