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Review: Boots and Bedlam by Ashley Farley

boots-and-bedlam‘Tis the season for chaos.

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in the Lowcountry. All Sam Sweeney wants is to marry her man on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends. But emerging complications, some humorous and some not so humorous, threaten to converge and derail the best-laid plans during the busy stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Amidst the chaos—dealing with real estate, planning a wedding, running a seafood market, honoring traditions, and contending with teenagers—even the weather rears its head when the weatherman forecasts a white Christmas. Never has family support been more needed, but will it be enough to restore order and save the day?

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Six months after everything unfolded in Lowcountry Stranger, Sam and Eli are finally hitting their stride. After months of trying to move past their last break up, Sam has finally gotten to the point where she can lower her walls and let Eli in. So when Eli finally proposed, Sam doesn’t even hesitate to say yes. However, as determined as she is, she refuses to wastes any time and plans to get married on Christmas Eve.

For the most part, the novella focuses primarily on Sam and I think that was a wise choice because it helped make the plot move along smoothly. I felt I could really relate to Sam in this book because I, too, am always on the go and when something big is coming up, it’s like I have to jump through a million hoops to get it done. But overall, it was nice to see things finally working out for Sam and her family.

A few small plot lines are going on during this novella, one of which includes Sam’s son, Jamie bringing home a girl for the holidays. I have to give the author credit because she did a great job at making “Sodiva” utterly despicable. As a mother, I can only hope my son never brings home a girl like that. Another plot line that was going on is the introduction of a caterer from Beverly Hills. For the sake of not spoiling the ending, I won’t really address this character, but I will admit I did guess who she might be.

Overall this novella is a great edition to the Sweeny Sisters series. Though I sometimes have my quibbles with one or more of the sisters from time to time, I still find myself really enjoying the series. I can’t wait to see what kind of drama they have to endure next!

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

All opinions of the book are my own.



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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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