Gimme Some Sugar
Author: Molly Harper
What I’m Talking About:
Recently widowed Lucy Brewer has returned to her hometown of Lake Sackett, Georgia, with her young son. Hoping to open her own bakery/sweet shop, she’s frustrated that her mother-in-law’s influence is keeping away workers and the health inspector. But she finds solace with her childhood best friend, Duffy, and the entire McCready clan.
First off, Lucy is just awesome. I loved her soul and attitude. She has a lot to deal with moving back home; while she doesn’t have any family, her deceased husband has a meddling, overbearing one, and then she has to contend with Duffy’s ex-wife Lana, who lives to make others miserable. I love that Lucy is a good, kind person, but she won’t let people like her in laws bully her. She’s a tough cookie!
Lucy always had a crush on Duffy, and we learn he has been in love with her for forever, but the timing was never right, until now. Different from previous books, we actually get part of the story from the male’s, in this case Duffy’s, point-of-view. I like knowing how Duffy feels about Lucy, and that he’s equally nervous, scared, excited, etc. I appreciate that they are open and honest with each other, and when someone like Duffy’s ex tries to cause problems, they talk about it rather than believe untruths or let assumptions fester.
When Lucy feels the weight of the world after one too many run-ins with Lana and Evie, she is overwhelmed and things get messy. Their emotions felt genuine, and my heart broke with Lucy’s actions. But, even when life is messy, everyone still deserves a happy ending, and Ms. Harper provides all the right ingredients.
In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gimme Some Sugar. I liked the change from previous books – getting the male POV (because he is the McCready in this story). I loved seeing the adjustments for the McCready clan as the older group is aging. And I love the second chance romance for Lucy and Duffy.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.
Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.
In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town’s meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Southern Eclectic #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper (Southern Eclectic #0.5)
Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper (Southern Eclectic #1)
Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper (Southern Eclectic #1.5)
Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper (Southern Eclectic #2)
A Few Pecans Short of a Pie by Molly Harper (Southern Eclectic #2.5)