Sunday, March 23, 2008

Review: Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck

Read the book synopsis here.

I'd only read one book previously by Rachel Hauck, which was Georgia on Her Mind. Both of her Nashvegas books sit in my TBR pile, but I haven't had a chance to get to them yet. I think the main reason being that while I enjoyed Georgia on Her Mind, it wasn't the kind of book that screamed at me that I must immediately read everything she'd ever written.

Sweet Caroline, I'm pleased to say, is quite the opposite. It's an absolutely lovely book from the sweet cover to the delightful cast of town characters.

Hauck does an excellent job of bringing the town of Beaufort to life, giving it rich character, and investing you in the fate of the Frogmore Cafe. Meanwhile, it was very easy for me to identify with Caroline's dilemna of worrying she wasn't living up to her potential. The love story and her conversion both felt authentic to the story as well.

I was dismayed when the book was over, and I hope we might get to revisit Caroline in the future. While this story may seem simple, it has the ring of truth and it's hard not to be moved by it.


Julie P. said...

Looks like a good read. The cover is just adorable!

Amy said...

I know! I love the cover, too!

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