When I find authors that I really enjoy, I often like to read some of their older work. Sometimes you find novels that you really enjoy and other times you can be thankful for how much they have improved. Sometimes it is a bit of both. That’s how I felt with this novel by Rachel Hauck. I’ve only read her Royal series and the novella she wrote for Zondervan’s Year of Weddings collection and I’ve loved them. I was ready to try something else by her. I certainly didn’t like the novel quite as much as the Royal series, but it definitely held some promise in the pages.
**This is a novel from my personal collection. I am not being compensated for this review**
Macy Moore skedaddled from her hometown of Beauty, Georgia to Florida in order to make her own way in the world. Successful and happy, she couldn’t be more proud of her corporate executive job, her just-perfect boyfriend and her beach side condo. But it all falls apart when reads the first email of the day. She’s demoted to the lowest rung on the corporate ladder . . . and dumped! She goes from being “someone” to a being “nobody,” all on the eve of returning home to emcee her high school reunion.
Thank goodness for the “Single Saved Sisters.” With loyal friends Lucy, Adriane and Tamara by her side, Macy retreats to the House of Joe for coffee, consolation and heart-to-heart consultation. Can they help her put her life back together? Yet it’s when her former heartthrob, Dylan, shows up on her doorstep, that Macy begins to realize that leaving Beauty, Georgia took her away from everything in life she really loved.
“Ah, that’s what faith is all about. You must see with the eyes of your heart. You can’t see the wind, you can’t see love, but you know those things are real.”
-Macy Moore, Georgia On Her Mind
Characters: I had a love/hate relationship with Macy Moore in this novel. Since the book is told in first person POV (Macy’s) we are in her head a lot. I loved getting to know her through the references she would make to things and her quick wit. What I didn’t enjoy was it felt like she whined…and whined…and then whined some more, a lot. Sometimes I got so frustrated with her and just wanted to tell her to buck up. I also felt like she ignored the advice she was given… a lot. But between all that whining, there was a girl who was really trying to figure out what she was supposed to do with her life. That was the girl that I found to like and I could connect with.
Storyline: I enjoyed the story of this book because it was so relatable. We often find ourselves asking what is next, either because we want a change or we are forced into change. I loved how this novel captured Macy at this crossroads and forced her to assess her priorities. What I wish was that we saw some of those changes to her priorities occurring.
My Thoughts: I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I think it was a bit long for the story that was there. As a novella, I think it would have been fantastic. As I said, I often found myself annoyed with the main character and that made it difficult to want to keep going. But I found enough to like in her to care about what happened to her and that kept me reading the story. I was happy with how it ended, but would have liked to see a bit more change in her character.
About the Author:
Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.
She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
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