Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper @mollyharperauth @GalleryBooks ‏

Posted June 16, 2018 by Anne in Book Review / 10 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper   @mollyharperauth @GalleryBooks ‏Ain't She A Peach by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #2
Published by Gallery Books on June 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.

Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.

Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.

Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden...a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?

Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.

 

A couple of years ago I moved east and south, which is all new territory for me. It’s given me a better appreciation of the southern flavor of the Southern Eclectic series.    In Ain’t She a Peach, there is also the plus of seeing the couple and other characters from the first book, Sweet Tea & Sympathy.

I liked the story and learning more about Frankie. This is truly about her character. She learns about herself and experiences growth which is a good thing  We spend nearly all our time with her, seeing her challenges and ideas. There is not much about Eric, and his character is not really developed well. I feel I know much more about Duffy, or Carl or even Jared Lewis.

The plot focuses on the family life and business, Frankie getting used to working with the new sheriff, and some vandalism at the funeral home.  The pace feels a bit lazy, like it can be in the South. I did enjoy Tootie’s continued rescue of dogs and her new one, Hercules.

The novella before this, Peachy Flippin’ Keen,  started this story. I really liked the novella until it ended without going anywhere. I love Molly Harper. Honesty though, I think Peachy Flippin’ Keen and Ain’t She a Peach should be one book.

 

About Molly Harper

Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

She has written many great series including Jane Jameson, Naked Werewolves, Half-Moon Hollow, Sorcery & Society, Mystic Bayou, Bluegrass and Southern Eclectic.

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I can't really remember any time when I wasn't reading. I LOVE books and what they give me. It's an opportunity to learn new things, see new places,live different emotions in a "safe" way. It lets me live in a new world.

I read all types of books but my favorites are urban fantasy and romantic suspense.I like some romance and some action / adventure / mystery in everything.I like sex in my books but please, only between TWO people.Intimate conversation is equally important to the sex in a book.It lets me see the characters.The other thing I enjoy is humor.

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Posted June 16, 2018 by Anne in Book Review / 10 Comments


10 responses to “Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper

    • Hopefully managing your expectations will let you love it. It was enjoyable, just the flow was odd in both. Thanks for visiting.

  1. Sophia Rose

    Yes, exactly. It’s cute southern charm and a little fun, but not particularly developed in some ways. Still, I do want to keep reading the series.

    Thanks, Anne!

  2. carolesrandomlife

    I have seen some other reviews for this one from readers that were not completely sold on this one. I do want to get caught up with this series at some point but I will have to adjust my expectations.

    • I honestly think it would have been great as one book. I was just getting really into it in the novella and then it stopped. In this one, it had to repeat a bunch of stuff from the novella and that just, well it just pissed me off. Unfair but that was my reaction. I can control my actions but not my feelings. I hope you enjoy it more. If you can read them together, it might be better.

  3. Jen

    As we discussed on my blog – I agree 100% that the novella should have been part of the book. I’m wondering what will happen with the next novella. Will it do the same thing? Or will it be like the first novella? Either way, I’m probably going to get it but wait to read it until right before the third book. But overall, I’m really enjoy the stories in this series. Still Molly Harper, but a bit different.

    • On Goodreads, they don’t show the next one. I can’t find it on her website either. So are you sure the next one will be a novella and not just the next book #3?

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