Maggie Pickwick is a lifetime away from her days as head cheerleader and the mistakes she made in high school. Twelve years later, this single mom has traded pompoms for an auctioneer’s gavel, popularity for peace and quiet, and strives to be a good example for her daughter Devyn. She’s keeping it together just fine, too—until an old flame moves back to her little North Carolina town.
Renowned artist Reece Thorpe wants nothing to do with Maggie—not after what she did to him in high school—but he might also be Devyn’s father. Fed by her own pride and fear for her daughter’s happiness, Maggie finds herself on a slippery slope of white lies as she attempts to convince Reece that she’s changed. But the truth has a way of making itself known, and now Maggie’s past and present mistakes could ruin her chance at love.
This is an outlandish Southern comedic-drama that is penned in Tamara Leigh’s signature first-person narrative that will have you chortling in a most unladylike way. Uncle Obe (who is my favourite character in this Souther Discomfort series) is up to his usual not-so-subtle matchmaking that places Maggie in a precarious position with her daughter and her former high school sweetheart.
The message of this story is that your past does not define your future when Christ is at the helm of your life. Maggie has to come to terms with the fact that the truth, no matter how shameful, must be confronted head-on. The dysfunctional and quirky Pickwick family members not only entertain, but teach us about life through their misadventures, foot-in-mouth decelerations, and reformations.
At the end of this book I was left wanting more. The conclusion is not typical of inspirational romances so I am hoping that their story line is brought full circle in the next installment which follows Bridget’s storyline.