Book Review: Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild


Title: Sweet Southern Hearts
Author: Susan Schild
Series: Willow Hill
Publisher: Lyrical Press Books – Kensington
ISBN: 978-1-60183-889-6


Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery…

When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.

Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

About the Author:

Headshot1.jpgSusan Schild has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add authenticity to her characters. Susan

Susan is a wife, a stepmother, and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series.

My Review:

Sweet Southern hearts is the third book in the Willow Hill series, and it can also be read as a stand-alone.  At first I find the book to be very boring.  It is all character introduction for the first five chapters.  There are at least fifteen names mentioned within the first chapter (14 pages) alone, and there are four more chapters of introduction.  To the other readers who have read the first two books in the series might have found it refreshing, but to a reader that is starting from this book is a little overwhelming learning all these names all at once in the beginning.  Also, the author did not have to give a name to everyone, like the characters with no further development in this book.

After all the introduction and recap, the book becomes a page turner.  It starts off with Linny travelling to Tennessee with her mother and her friends in a RV.  After she gets home, life changing events are happening one after one.  I like how the situations are handled.  This book makes me appreciate my friends and family even more.  At last, I have to say the cutest thing about this book is the southern charm.

3.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge in exchange for an honest review.


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