This book was recommended to me by a southern friend, and solely on her suggestion I picked it up. I offer this as a disclaimer as a Jersey girl who has never “whistled dixie” or necessarily chosen books who at the heart of them are based on southern roots.
So glad I listened to my friend. This one was a lighthearted glance into both southern culture, the more stand-offish Vermont culture, close knit girlfriends, and even a Jersey boy with a nod to Bruce Springsteen. It reads quickly (a new requirement for my poor brain still recovering from its injury). If I am not immediately captivated, and continually propelled forward in a story, I lose interest. My “normal” life now resembles that young boy in the old Family Circle comic who takes really long journeys from one point to another.
Patton presents a good story with interesting characters and enough of a plot to keep the reader invested. The basic premise is a life-long southern gal in her early 30s who obediently follows her husband’s whim of a purchase of a Vermont B&B which includes a 5 star restaurant. She does not want to go, is not delighted being there and through a set of (kind of) expected circumstances, ends up not only embracing her new role, but flourishing.
In a time of trial, lifelong girlfriends run to her aid, once again reminding me that if you have friends, you have everything.
I recommend this one, and would read any other of Patton’s books.
Sue’s brain recovering from mis-prescribed medication (Ativan, a benzodiazepine)