Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review: "Second Chance at the Sugar Shack" (Sugar Shack #1) by Candis Terry

Second Chance at the Sugar Shack (Sugar Shack #1) Candis Terry
Published: July 19, 2011
ISBN: 9780062105226
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: Personal Copy
Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Books with a touch of the supernatural, humorous stories, "coming home" and "second chance" romances

Summary:
Kate Silver’s back in town, and her dead mother just won’t leave her alone.

Kate usually spends her days dressing Hollywood A-listers, but after her estranged mother dies she finds herself elbow-deep in flour in her parents’ bakery . . . in Deer Lick, Montana. She thought she’d left small-town life far, far behind, but it seems there are a few loose ends.

The boy she once loved, Deputy Matt Ryan, is single and sexy and still has a thing for her . . . and handcuffs.

Her mother, who won’t follow the white light,is determined to give maternal advice from beyond the grave.


And somehow Kate’s three-day stay has, well . . . extended. She never planned to fill her mother’s pie-baking shoes—she prefers her Choos, thank you very much. But with the help of a certain man in uniform,Kate quickly learns that sometimes second chances are all the more sweet. 

My Thoughts:
I first heard of Candis Terry from the Dear Bitches, Smart Authors podcast.  I knew nothing about her, but I was so taken by her personality, life story, and advice to aspiring writers that I decided to give her a try.  I opted to start with this title as it was the first one she published.  I loaded it onto my kindle, read about 20%, set the book aside, purchased all of her other books, and then came back to this one.

This was the perfect fun read for me.  It does have a touch of the paranormal, which I realize is not for everyone. In fact, it usually isn't even for me, but it worked here.  (At the risk of revealing how weird I really am, I'll just say that I get the whole dead mother's ghost in the backseat thing).  I think the one thing that would keep me from recommending this wider would be the paranormal aspect.

I really enjoyed Kate and I found her to be a very believable character.  She has struggled with not only how she sees herself, but how she thinks her family sees her.  Most of this is wrapped around her feelings about her relationship with her mother, but I definitely felt a wave of anger wash over me when I read how her siblings just assumed that her life was less important than theirs and she would have to put everything on hold to help their father.

Matt is a pleasant, but not exactly notable, leading man.  I did feel that there were too many "knight in shining armor" elements of his back story, but he did work well with Kate and I found their relationship--both in the past and in the present--to be interesting and realistic.

Deer Lick is definitely a place I could live.  I know that "small town romances" are becoming a bit of a genre of their own, but this one is different from other such books.  The town isn't some picturesque little hamlet away (but not too far away) from the big city.  This is a tough little town that isn't always pretty, but still has a strong community and I'm glad that Terry will be bringing us back there in future books.

If you are looking for a fun, romantic read--and you are okay with a bit of the supernatural--this is an excellent choice.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by Candis Terry (because it's all right there...on my kindle....)

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.



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