Today is my tour stop with Suzy Approved Book Tours and Author Claire Fullerton.
This is my first book by this author, and boy does she know how to pull you in. This is also my first book that takes place in the south.
This story tackles all subjects such as racism, first love, and friendship to name a few. I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a book that took place in the 1980’s and not from the early 1900’s. I had no idea racism was still a big issue during that time period as it was portrayed in the book.
The chapters alternate between the 1980’s and present day. I really liked Celia and Little Tea’s characters. Celia didn’t see black or white, she saw friendship. Same with Little Tea, and I loved that they called her that. I found their chapters the most interesting. The chapters when Celia was with Renny and Ava were more about helping Ava with her marital struggles.
Character development is strong! The author gave great background on all characters but especially Renny, Ava and Celia. It was nice to see how their friendship grew throughout the years. I loved how they were so blunt with each other when giving advice, and that to me showed how much they value their friendship.
The author threw in one heck of a twist at the end! I had to read it twice to make sure I was understanding it. I don’t know how I feel about that, but now I would love a background story on the new couple! It will surprise you!
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2016.
Southern culture … old friendships … family tragedy.
One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava, and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.
For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.
As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.