by Ashley Farley
Series: Sweeney Sisters #2
Genres: Women's Fiction
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Family Drama, Southern Style.
There's a stranger in town. And it’s no coincidence when she shows up uninvited at a Sweeney family wedding. All eyes are drawn to this urchin who seems to have washed in with the tide. Before the night is over, the doe-eyed waif charms young and old with her street smarts and spunky personality. For better or worse, Annie Dawn is here to stay.
The memorable Sweeney sisters from Her Sister’s Shoes have returned with more suspense and family drama to hold you spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. As she approaches the next stage of her life as an empty nester, Jackie is torn between expanding her fledgling design business and spending these last precious months with her boys before they fly the coop. Her own worst enemy, Sam is terrified of making a commitment to Eli Marshall, handsome police officer, true love of her life. Her resolve is tested when a ghost from her past shows up after nearly two decades. Faith nurtures her seven-year-old daughter who is recovering from the trauma of her abusive father. Is the threat in the past, or is there more danger on the horizon? The sisters seek guidance from their mother, Lovie, a true Southern matriarch who shows them how to respond to adversity with grace and dignity.
Things are heating up in the Lowcountry. The Sweeney sisters remind us, once again, that being a part of a family is about more than sharing the same DNA.
Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley is the second novel in the Sweeney Sisters series. Once again we join Faith, Jackie, Sam and their circle of family and friends as they deal with love, family and the daily challenges found in this coastal town. Farley weaved suspense and drama into the tale with the arrival of a stranger in Prospect.
Strong family, small town idioms, faith, trust, love, recovery and commitment are all weaved into a tale that offered a nice dose of suspense. Farley shares the perspectives of the three sisters as they go through their daily struggles and become involved with a young stranger who shows up uninvited to a Sweeney Wedding.
The story opens with one of the sister’s getting married and I was delighted. Farley updates us on goings on since we last visited in Her Sister’s Shoes. About a year has passed and throughout Lowcountry Stranger, we get updates, witness struggles and see growth.
Sam our rock in the previous book took me by surprise as she struggles with some serious issues. It ripped at my heart even if at times I wanted to shake her. I absolutely adored her son and the man whose heart she possesses. It was tough seeing her trials. She has some deep seeded fears that stem from her first marriage and they reared their ugly head.
Jackie, oh how she has changed. If you remember, I was not exactly warm and fuzzy with Jackie. I am more like Faith and Sam and connected more with them. (Aside from Sam’s current issues). I was glad to get updates on her family, the boys, her marriage and the business. This new Jackie is softer, a little more confident and I quite liked her.
Faith has had the most changes since we last visited and I will leave you to discover those for yourself. I enjoyed her thread and it was nice seeing Faith’s strong side. I will warn you Faith experiences somethings in Lowcountry Stranger that had my heart racing. This poor woman cannot seem to catch a break.
The stranger who arrives turns the sister’s lives upside down and presented a bit of a mystery. Between the girls and their mother Lovie, we see this stranger slowly work their way into their hearts and ours.
A lot happens in this southern drama. Maybe it is in the water, but whoever said small towns are boring has not stepped foot into Prospect. Lowcountry Stranger weaved in some heart-stopping suspense as Farley pulled skeletons out of the Sweeney closet. We suffered a loss, ate pie, and most of all we were reminded of the true meaning of family and friends.
Fans of family, southern drama, and heart will enjoy Lowcountry Stranger and the Sweeney Sisters. While I think readers will be able to enjoy Lowcountry Stranger as a standalone the series is best read in order.
Read an Excerpt
Eli squeezed her thigh. “You’re awfully quiet. Is something bothering you?”
“I can’t stop thinking about this Annie Dawn character. I can’t put my finger on it, but something about her gives me the willies.” Shivering, Sam wrapped her pashmina tighter around her shoulders.
“No kidding.” Jamie reached over from the backseat and ruffled his mother’s short hair. “I’d say you already made your feelings about Annie Dawn pretty clear.”
Sam shifted in the passenger seat to face him. “I wasn’t rude to her, if that’s what you’re implying. I just wasn’t as quick to forgive her crimes as the rest of you.”
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*Disclosure: I work as a VA for Ashley Farley and was given an ARC of Lowcountry Stranger. All opinions are my own.