Presley DeGraff is a young woman on the run. With nothing but the clothes on her back, her escape from the ruthless manipulations of her former fiancé leaves her with little time to hide. There is only one person to whom she can turn, only one place she may be safe . . .
Haggerty, Georgia, is known for its Southern hospitality and quirky inhabitants. For Presley, her Aunt Violet’s home in the tiny town is a lifesaving haven. Her aunt, along with a cast of delightful friends and neighbors, warmly welcomes her. For the first time in so long, she feels hope — a hope that hinges on hiding her past. But the dreams of solitude that she had envisioned quickly fade when a disturbing discovery is made in her aunt’s backyard: a human skeleton. At the first hint of crime, Haggerty’s own amateur sleuth, Miss Eugenia, is on the case. Along with handsome Haggerty resident Mac and sprightly ninety-nine-year-old Loralee, Presley is quickly drawn into a mystery spanning generations of Haggerty’s history. But when news coverage of the investigation digs up Presley’s own secrets, it’s up to her new friends to come to her aid, by whatever means necessary.
|Published||Covenant Communications (November 2, 2015)|
|Runtime||10 Hrs. 22 Min.|
I loved the intermingling of story lines. It was great fun.
I am loving audio books more and more. I never seem to get a chance to sit down and read any more. It's so sad :(. BUT, give me an audio book and I can do all the things I need to do and still get to listen to a book!
I think I am going to do this review a little different. I don't think I can really review it the way I want to without giving too much away. It is such a fantastic story! It has wonderful characters and a beautiful setting. There are two stories going on in this book. One, is Presley's story, and the other is about an 80 year old murder. I feel I may be copying some of my favorite blogger's style, but that is not my intention. I just think I can give a better picture this way.
Here are just SOME of the wonderful characters in this book and why I like them.
1. Presely - She is the MC. Right off the bat her story grabs you. She is trying to escape an ex-boyfriend. She is in a hospital after an accident, that required a lot of facial reconstruction. She has a wonderful Dr. and an orderly who are helping her escape the hospital, to buy her time to get away. Presely, is kind, compassionate, scared, beautiful (inside and out), and educated woman. She was handed a bad deal and is trying to find a new life.
2. Aunt Violet - She is Presely's Aunt. She had offered Presely a place in her law practice after her parents were killed. She is such a great woman. She doesn't make much money in her practice because most of her work is pro bono. She is kind, loving, compassionate, and hard working. She is also always on oxygen. She is old, but such a wonderful woman.
3. Miss Eugenia - Now this woman is fantastic. This is the kind of old woman I want to be :). She has a little dog, that she loves and that goes with her every where. What I love most about her is her wit, and snarkyness...hehe She is so hard headed and fabulous. I loved her. She is fiercely loyal, and loves her home town of Haggerty.
4. Loralee - this woman is 100 years old. I think I liked her just for her age. I would love to know someone who has lived that long. Loralee has stories to tell about Haggerty, that brought this place to life for me. She is amazing. She is such a sweet, loving woman. The whole town seems to want to help take care of her.
5. Celia (sp????) - is the town's skank. In reality she is anything but. She has been dubbed this by marrying an old man, who died and left her all his money. There is so much more to her, but the town has turned their back on her. Her only friends are Aunt Violet, and her group of women and men that practically live at Aunt Violets house. She is beautiful, kind, and genuine. A very misunderstood woman. It's so sad. It is also one of the reasons I could never live in a small town. People don't forgive easy in small towns.
6. Mac - oh Mac. He is the town's tow man, the repo man. He is such a great guy. He is also on the bad side of most of the town of Haggerty. He played Pro-football for a time and was blamed for loosing the Superbowl for his team, and Haggerty seems to think he threw the game. Not many are willing to listen to the "real" story. He is so kind, compassionate (notice I say this about a lot of the characters. But they are!), hard working, strong, beautiful and fabulous. He is so yummy. I mean just yummy. He was immediately one of my favorite characters. Mac, and Presely seem to have an instant connection. Mac is snarky and fun loving.
7. Wyatt - Mac's cousin and also a lawyer. He is a nice guy, but he is one of those guys who doesn't want people to know how "good" he really is. He seems to be a forever bachelor, but there is so much more to him. He just doesn't let any one get close enough to see how wonderful he is. Except this wonderful group that comes out of Aunt Violets home :).
8. Preacher Pat - Is also Macs cousin. Pat is wonderful from the moment he is introduced in the book. Of course how could he not be? He's a preacher :). I feel for him. He feels he has to take care of every one in Haggerty because he is the Preacher. Who he really wants to take care of , he thinks he can't because of the town he lives in. People are not very forgiving in Haggerty.
Now the setting. Haggerty, Georgia, sounds like such a beautiful place. I know I could never live in a small town, but IF I had to Haggerty, Georgia doesn't sound like a bad place to live. I love how green everything is. I love how Loralee brings this place to life in her story telling. I could see the flowers, and the trees, the river, everything. It was just beautiful. The author did a wonderful job of putting me in this book. I loved it.
The only complaint I had about this book, was the narrator. It's a good thing the story pulled me right in, because this narrator is not my favorite. It makes me sad when such a great book doesn't have a narrator I like to listen to. She seems to narrate a lot of Covenant Communications books. I appreciate her doing the audio, I just wish I liked her voice more.
If you like stories about mystery, murder, seedy ex-boyfriends, friends, family, love, and small towns, you will like this book. My only suggestion is to get it in book form, not audio. I really loved this authors writing.
This book has a very cryptic beginning. We know that Presley is scared and running from someone, but we have no idea who. She makes her way to her Aunt Violet's home in Haggerty, Georgia, where she is welcomed with open arms. Her Aunt Violet is the town's attorney and Presley is also an attorney. When her parents died a year ago, Violet invited her to come live and work with her. We slowly learn Presley's story of why she didn't come and what she's been dealing with during that time.
Presley makes some new friends, including the older women that make Haggerty a fun place to visit, Mac, the local tow truck driver, and Cecilia, the gorgeous beautician who is an outcast. As they become friends, Presley is able to open up about her life and enlists their help when the time comes. There's a secondary storyline which has to do with a human skeleton found in Violet's backyard. Presley feels compelled to find out what happened so she starts her own investigation.
It's been a while since I've visited Haggerty, Georgia, and it was fun to go back! Miss Eugenia is an amateur sleuth and has solved quite a few mysteries in her town. The characters are endearing and they don't always get along. Ms. Green has done a great job of creating a fictional town that feels authentic. I hope there will be more mysteries in Haggerty in the future!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
(4.5) I've been reading about the people of Haggerty for years now and I love every moment I get to spend there with these great, quirky characters! There are a few characters who seem to make appearances in most of the books and I've come to love these older women. They're so full of personality and although some are grumpy, all are busybodies, and some have health issues, they never fail to step in and show a newcomer some true, Southern hospitality.
The story begins with an interesting situation involving Presley and I wasn't quite sure at first if she was escaping from something bad or from the cops. A stunning beauty, Presley is very down-to-earth and likable. Her string of bad luck is almost laughable, but she does well to make the best of situations.
I loved getting to know Mac and his story. I love characters who are very real and humble and that's just how Mac comes across. He has every reason to have a big head, but with a mistake in his past, he's content to live a simple life. It's sad that second chances are hard to come by in this place--at least, some people aren't willing to let bygones be bygones.
I really do love this setting and the inhabitants who live there. Life seems much simpler and little things cause such drama, gossip, and mystery, with rumors running rampant. The mystery and suspense isn't overwhelming and too intense--it's a perfect mix of a cozy mystery with some elements of romance and gentle fun. I really hope this isn't the last we'll see of Haggerty.
Content: very mild religious elements; mild, clean romance; some moments of suspense, mystery, and talk of murder (non-graphic); no language. Clean!
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*