by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #0.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Molly Harper brings her signature “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series.
Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.
Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?
I adored Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper, book one in the Southern Eclectic series, so it only made sense to read the prequel novella, Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck. The story shares a second chance romance and introduces us to the wild and zany folks of Lake Sackett, Georgia.
Our story begins with Marianne McCready returning for the summer before starting law school in the fall. She isn’t exactly excited about returning home but she is also having doubts about her life plan. An unexpected accident shares a brief encounter with her high school sweetheart, Carl. As feeling stir and Marianne deals with doubts about her career choice, we spend time with the McCready family as they handle the family businesses and celebrate Marianne’s return the McCready way.
Filled with laughter, shenanigans, potato salad, town gossips and some unexpected heartfelt moments, Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck reminded me why I love this series and crazy family. Since I’d already read book one, I can tell you reading this isn’t necessary, but it offered up a cute romance, introduced key characters and delivered a story I enjoyed. It offers a great taste for the series.
The romance was a second chance, and Harper did a wonderful job of sharing their backstory. While the romance didn’t get a lot of page time since this is a novella, it did offer all the warm and fuzzy feelings.
For fans of the series or those who are curious Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is worth the read. The novella does offer a sampling of Sweet Tea and Sympathy.Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper offered a second chance romance and intro to the McCready family. Click To Tweet