A young widow returns to Lake Sackett, Georgia to face the ghosts of her past—and decide if she’s ready to take another chance on love—in the third sparkling Southern Eclectic novel that “goes down as easy as honey on a deep-fried Twinkie” (Library Journal, on Sweet Tea and Sympathy).
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?
Once again Molly Harper “writes characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews) in this charming and entertaining love story.
The zany McCready clan is back in Harper's tangled sixth Southern Eclectic romance (after A Few Pecans Short of a Pie), and they want to see Duffy McCready pair up with recent widow Lucy Bowman. Everyone takes advantage of Duffy's willingness to help anyone who asks, and he's feeling the need to set some boundaries. He's also growing into his responsibilities with the family business, the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. Lucy has moved back to Lake Sackett after years in Texas, planning to open a bakery and raise her son. She could do without the interference of her mother-in-law, Mamaw Evie, who uses small-town politics and old-fashioned guilt to get her way. Duffy had a crush on Lucy in high school but never told her because he didn't want to lose her friendship; is this the best time for him to act on those long-hidden feelings, or the worst? The romance is packed with countless laughs and heartfelt moments, thanks to Mamaw Evie's antics, Duffy's ex-wife's machinations, and the McCreadys' plotting. This romance is classic Harper, oozing snark and Southern charm in every scene. While fans will welcome an update on the outlandish clan, newcomers will be bewildered and should begin the series at the beginning.