Southern charm has a bit of a different meaning in Molly Harper’s Southern Eclectic series. I loved Sweet Tea and Sympathy for the big hug that city-girl-Margot’s extended family gave her when she arrived at their doorstep looking for a shoulder… and a job. In Ain’t She a Peach, Harper fleshes out the character of Margot’s goth cousin Frankie, a born and bred southern woman of many talents (including excellent makeup skills).
I really enjoyed getting to know Frankie. She is more than just silly clothes and rainbow hair and slitty eyes at the teenage troublemakers. Frankie is a pop-tart-lovin, jail-sleepin, cancer-survivin, Aunt-Tootie-toleratin lovable 30-something with a stubborn streak and a coroner’s license. With a nudge from Margot and company, Frankie learns how to speak up for herself, catch a crook, and finally let her guard down when it comes to love.
This book is funny, heartwarming, and filled with puppies. And okay yes, I also really liked that Sheriff Eric was part of the happily ever after. ❤
I love strong female characters. I especially love unique, strong, teenage female characters. It’s hard enough to be a teenager. More so if you’re female and march to the beat of your own drum.
Gabriella lives in a funeral home. It’s all she’s ever known. So of course she’s heard all the jokes and whispers at school. Bothered her at first, but now she’s used to it. She has her own (very little) group of friends to go along with her strange family.
As all teenage things are destined to do, though, her comfortable life comes to an end. When her forever best friend falls for one of her biggest tormentors, Gabriella finds herself lost. Luckily there’s a new kid at school, and he’s almost as strange as Gabriella. Hartman seems to want more than friendship and she’s not sure she’s ready for that. Along the way, her friendship with Bree is tested in ways she never imagined.
This was such a fun story to read. The cast of characters that comes from living in a funeral home is just as you would imagine it to be. Gabe is funny and charming, and her parents are just as much so. One of my favorites of last year!
Miss Presley Cline returns home for a break from her Hollywood “career.” Declan Anderson stayed in town his whole life, carrying on the family funeral home business he wasn’t sure he wanted. When a tornado throws them together, they have to decide where home really is — and with whom.
I’m such a fan of Kilpatrick that I expected this to be as magical as The Happy Hour Choir (SEE MY 5 STAR REVIEW HERE). Better Get to Livin’ wasn’t quite amazing, but I enjoyed the quirky characters, southern charm, and the happily ever after.
As far as the writing – superb as usual. I’m not even a paranormal fan, but I absolutely admire Kilpatrick’s skill in writing Presley’s ability to talk to dead people. The ghosts were fun and funny and helped explain some of the characters’ backstories. Just goes to show that a good writer can write fabulous characters, whether they’re alive or dead. Hah!
On a side note, Sally Kilpatrick totally amuses me on Twitter. On your next reading break, take a peek.