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Audiobook Review On Gimme Some Sugar, Southern Eclectic #3
Lucy Bowman would never
have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait
Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids.
Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy
from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and
watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always
been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal
accident while fixing his own truck.
Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.
In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town's meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?
Gimme Some Sugar paints a comfortable picture of a small town where every one knows every one and family rivalries still exist. After losing her husband, Lucy and her son Sam move back to Lucy's home town, Lake Sackett, Georgia. All Lucy wants is a safe place to raise her son and live her dream of owning her own bakery. Now, if the town's folk would just mind their business, lol.
Let me start off by saying I have not read the first two books of this series. When Lucy moves back home, she is immediately comforted by the familiarity of where she grew up. Finding her footing as a single parent has been a challenge for Lucy. This sweet story is all about Lucy finding true love.
The characters depicted in the story are what make this story fun. The town is just the right balance of fun, not too silly but not all serious either. Duffy, Lucy's bff growing up, and his mother Dawn are the bright spot in Lucy's day. Evie and Melody, the evil in-laws, and Lana, Duffy's ex-wife, are the perfect people you love to hate. While Lucy works on getting her bakery open and discovering her true feelings about her failed marriage with Wayne and her true love feelings for Duffy, the evil-doers are hard at work attempting to destroy both Lucy's business and her romance with Duffy. I truly enjoyed getting to know Lucy and was instantly drawn into the world.
Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators to date! Amanda has such a quality tone, along with a story telling talent that just sweeps you right into your own imagination. I love you Amanda. You are my narrator hero. Amanda gets 5 fangs!