So, I was cruising Amazon the other day, looking for something to read, when I came across Count Your Blessings by Sharon Sala for free. I liked the description of the Novella and snatched it up.
The novella centers around the four women who run the Curl Up and Dye hair salon and their relationships with the quirky customers of small-town Blessings, Georgia. Their meddlesome efforts at match-making run awry, but there’s always another makeover just around the corner.
Though it was a short story, it really grabbed me. To me, it was hilarious, and I instantly loved the characters. I was hooked and it only took 70 pages.
Less than an hour later and I was back on Amazon to get the next one.
You and Only You was the next book in my journey into Sharon Sala’s Blessings, Georgia series.
Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias in this story of LilyAnn Bronte, the Peachy-Keen Queen, which in Blessings, Georgia, was the epitome of success. After losing her fiance in the war in Iraq, her zest for life went into decline while added weight crept on. When a new guy arrives in town, LilyAnn embarks on a quest to remake herself from start to finish only to discover that love was always just right next-door.
I’ll admit, that it took me a bit to get into this book. Not because the writing was bad or that I wasn’t enjoying myself, it was the hero & the heroine. I was just having a hard time not wanting to wring their necks. It took me a while to start to like them, but once I had the breakthrough, I was off and running.
I’ll Stand by You the 2nd novel in this series is where I absolutely fell in love with not only the main characters of the story, but the rest of the town too.
No one is alone.
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she’s weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.
As long as there is love to give.
Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that…
I cried so much during this book, that by the time I was finished, I was resembling Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
Saving Jake was next and oh how I loved it. I loved Jake, Laurel and little Bonnie.
There is always hope. After eight years in the Marines, Jacob Lorde returns to Blessings, Georgia, with no plans other than to hole up in his empty house and heal what’s left of his soul. But with a charming next door neighbor and a town full of friendly people, keeping to himself is easier said than done.
As long as you can come home.
Laurel Payne understands far too well what Jake is going through, after witnessing her late husband experience similar problems. She’s in no hurry to jump into another relationship with a complicated guy, but their attraction is undeniable-and perhaps exactly what both of them need.
Yup, I totally cried with this book too. Laughed a lot as well. I thought the author did a tremendous job dealing with Jake’s PTSD. She didn’t sugar coat it, she didn’t have it just up and disappear once the H&h became involved, and she didn’t try to make light of what Laurels husband did to himself. Suicide happens more often than anyone would like. Especially those who have served in the war.
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A Piece of My Heart was my final read in this series. Not because it’s over, but because the next one won’t come out till next year.
She’s never had a home
Growing up in a troubled foster home, Mercy Dane knew she could never rely on anyone but herself. She’s used to giving her all to people who don’t give her a second glance, so when she races to Blessings, Georgia, to save the life of an accident victim, she’s flabbergasted when the grateful town opens its arms to her. She never dreamed she’d ever find family or friends–or a man who looks at her as if she hung the stars.
Until she finds peace in his arms
Police Chief Lon Pittman is getting restless living in sleepy little Blessings. But the day Mercy Dane roars into his life on the back of a motorcycle, practically daring him to pull her over, he’s lost. There’s something about Mercy’s tough-yet-vulnerable spirit that calls to Lon, and he will do anything in his power to make her realize that home isn’t just where the heart is–home is where their heart is.
I loved this one too. Lon & Mercy were great!
I laughed, I cried, I was completely devastated when it was over.
I do not want to wait till February to read the next one!
Sharon Sala has created the best little town. We get romance, real issues, town gossip, villain church ladies, and so much more.
I also love the authors writing style. I’ll admit, I’m really hard to please when it comes to reading books. I can’t stand lots of inner chatter. To me, it ruins a story if I have to listen to someone talk in their head for 10 pages about stuff, I could care less about. I become bored and move on. I also don’t care for books with only one persons POV. Probably because when you don’t have other characters, you have to read a zillion pages of that inner chatter I dislike so much. Sharon Sala does not have that problem. We get multiple POV’s, and before that inner chatter becomes insane, she’s into someone else’s head.
Her writing style alone would have hooked me, but her story and characters captured me. Dragged me right into her stories and would not let me go!
Sharon Sala has become my new favorite author. Since there’s 4 months until the next Blessings, Georgia book comes out, I plan to spend my time reading some of her other stories.