Lowcountry Strangerby Ashley Farley
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
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.
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Lowcountry Stranger is Ashley Farley's second novel in her Sweeney Sister series, first introduced in Her Sister's Shoes. I didn't read the first novel, and when I started Lowcountry Stranger I feared that I would be lost. I admit it took me a few pages to get adjusted, but once I did, I was hooked by this intriguing family's story. As the book opens, Faith is celebrating her marriage to Dr. Mike in her hometown of Prospect, South Carolina. This is Faith's second marriage, her first was to an abusive man who is now in prison. Faith's seven-year-old daughter Bitsy hasn't spoken a word since the incident that put her father away. Faith's oldest sister Jackie spends her week working as a decorator in Charleston, coming home on the weekend to her twin high school senior sons and her doctor husband. Jackie is feeling restless, wanting to further her career, and troubled by her husband's infidelity last year. Middle sister Sam is a single mom who raised her college-aged son Jamie on her own. Sam manages the family seafood market, a Prospect mainstay. Sam is dating Eli, a town policeman who loves and wants to marry her, but Sam says that marriage is not for her. When a bedraggled teenage girl Annie shows up at the wedding, the Sweeney sisters reluctantly take her in after she tells them she was traveling with a family she was working for when they abandoned her and took off. Bitsy takes a shine to Annie and she speaks her first words to Annie. Faith is so moved by this, she asks Annie to care for Bitsy while she works. But although something seems not quite right with Annie, the Sweeneys open their homes to Annie. Life has it's ups and downs for the Sweeneys. Faith is very protective of Bitsy, and when they all took Annie in so quickly, I thought maybe it was a little too fast. They really knew nothing about her, and let her care for a traumatized young girl. Eventually we find out Annie's true story, and how it affects the entire Sweeney family. I got caught up in the Sweeney Sisters story very quickly, and loved the setting of the small town in the Lowcountry. And as someone who once owned a small fast food restaurant, the family seafood market business was fascinating to me. There a lot of characters to follow in the book, but I was fully invested in each of their stories. I loved the sisters' relationships, and the cousins' strong connections to each other. Sometimes in novels of this genre, the male characters tend to be somewhat one-dimensional, but here the men were full partners in the story and fully fleshed out. After reading Lowcountry Stranger, I am going to read Her Sister's Shoes to see what I missed, and I am waiting not-so-patiently for the next installment. If you like family stories, especially sister stories, you'll love Lowcountry Stran
Oh my… This Sweeney family has more drama, heartache, and love than any family I have ever known. Sometimes a family is just destine to have drama. I feel like that is true for this family. Between a stranger coming to town and implementing herself into their family to a person from the past coming back to a kidnapping and so much more this is a very busy book. There is a lot going on within the story but the theme is family, love, and support. Never was there a doubt that this family would come out on top and together. I found myself pulled into this story from the very beginning. When I was forced to put the back down I found myself thinking about the story and characters wanting to continue with their story. With each chapter I found something or someone else who is wonderful. The teenage/children characters were my absolute favorite. They acted their age, protected their families, and were perfect for this story. They knew what children their age should know and did not act older and behave in ways that children did not usually behave. I think this adds a lot to the story when characters, both adult and children, act their ages. Ashley Farley did an excellent job of portraying them. This is the second book in the series, the characters are consistent, but the story is one of its own. You do not have to read My Sister’s Shoes (MY REVIEW HERE) to appreciate Lowcountry Stranger. There is enough background given that this story will make perfect sense reading it without reading the first one. Although, I recommend reading them both (in any order) because they are both wonderful.
I liked this book a lot. I found it to be entertaining and a very enjoyable, fun read. You would think that with all the issues these sisters have that you would be thinking "come on, no one family has that much trauma". However, the author has little clues throughout that kind of prepare you for it. As least it did for me. And, when you really think about it, it could happen. Anyways, I was pretty engrossed into the story early, was on the verge of slapping Sam a couple of times, but I liked it. Thanks to the author for giving me heads up that there was a sequel to "In Her Shoes" and to Crushstar Multimedia and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Drama and Suspense served up in a great location! Drama can be anticipated when three sisters get together. But when that gathering is an outdoor family wedding and a young, uninvited stranger appears, expect emotions to escalate! Samantha, Jackie, and Faith are back at it in this second installment of the Sweeney Sisters series. I would encourage reading "Her Sister's Shoes," but it is not necessary to have read it before this one. Pertinent details are explained to give new readers a general background, without over-explaining for returning fans of this series. This novel combines drama with suspense and deals with the fear of commitment, recovery, and uneasiness over the inevitable empty nest, while focusing on both past relationships and new beginnings. The descriptive locale has me ready to pack my bags and head for the Lowcountry! I am grateful to Ashley Farley for the opportunity to download and read an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
What a lovely journey back to the town of Prospect (close to Charleston) and a look into what is happening with the Sweeney family. This is the second book, so make sure you read Her Sister's Shoes first. All of the sisters have come a long ways from the first book. They had worked through issues but don't think that everything is dandy. There are still some problems that need to be addressed for each sister, but it makes them better women for it by the end of the book. All three sisters have their strengths and weaknesses and I saw myself in several of them. All of the characters were someone that I could relate to either personally or knew people like them. I am wondering about Lovie (the mother) and if a future book will reveal some mental health issues. Jackie is strong but realizes that perhaps not everything has to be about her. Sam has her own demons to fight and does confront a few during the book (can't give away too much!). And Faith has a few scary moments too, but has a new husband to lean on during those times. I really enjoyed this book, so much that I stayed up way to late to finish the book. There are some nail biting moments, some sad time but many happy times. I loved that the family always manages to come together despite any personal issues. Need a beach read - then check out this series.