written by Angela Correll
published by Koehler Books
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: Yes, I thought this book had a good amount of Southern charm and a whole lot of heart. It’s definitely predictable at times, but it didn’t take away what it makes me feel. Grounded made me want to sit out on the front porch sipping sweet tea. The characters made this book special. Annie and her grandmother were definitely standout characters, but each character in this book had a part to play. They weren’t just written as filler, and they made you aware that this was a small farming town community. This book gave me the sense of home and family. The only con for me was that the ending was too abrupt. Things were tied up much too fast, and I wish that I could have seen a bit more information. I love happily ever after, but I just wanted to see a bit more into the future of some of the characters.
“It can be fixed.”
Would I recommend it: Yes, ma’am.
About the book – from Goodreads: New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is grounded, putting a halt to weekends in Rome and her jet-setting lifestyle. Soon her noncommittal boyfriend’s true nature is revealed, and to top it all off, she loses her apartment.
With nowhere else to go, Annie leaves the city for the family farm in Kentucky, a place she’s avoided for years. She finds a shotgun-wielding grandmother, a farm in disrepair, and a suspicious stranger renting the old stone house.
The country quiet haunts Annie with reminders of a past that can’t be changed. She tries persuading her grandmother to sell the farm, but is met with stubborn refusal? Yet in the midst of her crashing life, Annie sees a glimmer of hope for a second chance.
Jake Wilder is contemplating jumping off the corporate ladder to follow his passion for sustainable farming. He’s almost ready to propose to Camille, a girl who wants more, not less. Annie believes Jake is about to make a terrible mistake, but does she have the right to tell him?
As the summer heats up, so do Annie’s unexpected feelings for Jake and her interest in the land. When a sudden phone call comes from New York, Annie is forced to choose between coming to terms with her past or leaving it all behind.