“Sharon Sala is a consummate storyteller. If you can stop reading, then you’re a better woman than me.”—DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Welcome back to USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala’s world of Blessings, Georgia—a tight-knit small town where the secrets of southern girls sometimes have surprising consequences, you never forget your first love, and the magnolia-scented breeze always feels like home.
Hurricane Fanny left no one in Blessings, Georgia, unscathed—including Rowan Harper. Rebuilding her life after so much loss seems impossible. Now that she’s all alone, how can she ever hope to find the strength to carry on?
Bowie James has come back to help repair his grandmother’s house, but he doesn’t intend to stay long. He and his mother were forced out of Blessings a decade ago, and he’s never forgotten the small-minded people responsible for bringing him so much pain.
But Rowan isn’t like anyone else. She’s kindhearted, beautiful, and so lost he can’t bring himself to stay away. When he reaches out in kindness, an unlikely friendship blooms, and soon Bowie discovers that he can entrust Rowan with his deepest secrets—and, if they can find it in themselves to trust again…his heart.
Sit down and stay a spell: In Blessings, Georgia, you’re guaranteed a small town where good people triumph and the rotten apples get what’s coming to them, a sweet and clean love story that’ll warm your heart, and a new home that’s always there when you need it.
Sala (Dark Water Rising) falters with the lackluster eighth small-town contemporary in the Blessings, Georgia series, in which an old family feud at last gets resolved. Skilled contractor Bowie James returns to Blessings to rebuild the house where he grew up, which has been damaged by a hurricane. His relatives, who still live in the house, have taken in Rowan Harper, who lost her home and father in the storm. While Bowie copes with the Boone family's persecution of him, he and Rowan flirt and then swiftly fall into a low-key romance in which she makes him coffee, he buys her clothing, and they picnic together near the site of Rowan's destroyed home. Meanwhile, as the Boones' past sins relating to Bowie and his mother are revealed, their tribulations repeatedly draw focus from Bowie and Rowan, whose characters are considerably more shallow. This is mostly a saga of fallout from family skeletons revealed, and romance readers might want to give it a miss.