Small Town Rumors

Small Town Rumors

by Carolyn Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781503902350
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 70,552
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books, which include women’s fiction and historical, contemporary, and cowboys-and-country-music romance. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma—where everyone knows everyone else and knows what they’re doing and when—and they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

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Small Town Rumors 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 11 months ago
Carolyn Brown effortlessly drawers readers into the lives of well-meaning residents of Bloom, Texas. Small Town Rumors, humorous and sweet, follows Jennie Sue Baker to Bloom where the rumors run rampant of her return home. While the truth is more heartbreaking than anyone may guess, Jennie Sue is determined to find the place she belongs and heal from the turmoil of the past. I don't even know where to begin to describe how much I loved this story. The characters were real and so easy to connect with. From Cricket, who hates Jennie Sue based on their differences in high school, to the Clifford sisters who gave Jennie Sue her first taste of true friendship, I couldn't get enough of their antics and drama! On the other hand, there's a serious aspect to the plot that makes you thankful for the levity. So much of this story broke my heart for Jennie Sue as she breaks free of the mold her mother is trying to force her into and live her own life. Carolyn Brown is quickly becoming a new favorite author! Her way of writing is down to the point without leaving readers empty of pining for more information on the main characters. I felt like I was plunked down into the middle Jennie Sue's story, but everything that happened before I met her was dished out in due time. Small Town Rumors is one of those small town romances that fills you up with lighthearted sweetness and just enough humor to temper the heartache. I highly recommend to fans of Catherine Anderson or Jennifer Probst! *ARC provided in consideration for review*
Anonymous 8 months ago
I absolutely adore this book! Jennie Sue Baker is such an inspiration for her decided optimism in the face of life’s challenges. Rumors travel fast in the small town of Bloom, Texas, and it’s up to Jennie Sue to have the guts to stand up for herself in the face of all that falsity. I admire her for valuing her independence and deciding to work for a living instead of settling down with her family’s wealth. Her struggle to come to terms with her controlling mother is relatable, and her romance with Rick is especially heartwarming because of their shared joy for a simple country life. I loved seeing her relationship with the blunt and honest Cricket slowly evolve from their original animosity. The young-at-heart duo of Lettie and Nadine, with their playful antics and belief that aliens are listening in through technology, add some wonderful comedy to the story. The characters are so lifelike that once you start reading, you won’t want to stop! Carolyn Brown is an immensely talented author. Reading Small Town Rumors really transported me to Bloom, Texas and her dialogue is spot on with its Southern flavor. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great romance and wanting a mental escape into small town life.
D-does-reviews 9 months ago
This delightful and heartwarming story examines Jenny Sue Baker’s spectacular fall from grace and her triumphant journey back to her home town where she experiences all the advantages and disadvantages of small town living where privacy no longer exists. The rumor mill in Bloom, Texas is alive and well, much to the dismay of Jenny Sue’s mother, Charlotte, who is mortified when her only child refuses the cushy life her wealthy parents can afford while cleaning other people’s houses for a living. Over the threat of her mother’s displeasure Jenny Sue is bound and determined to make her own way in the world without taking a single penny from her wealthy parents in the process. She’s a delightfully sweet girl who always tells the unvarnished truth and truly appreciates the simple pleasures of making an honest living while she makes long lasting friendships that will hold her in good stead as her life takes an unexpected turn that she could never have seen coming. Expect exceptional storytelling, a sweet and clean romance, unique and endearing characters and a heroine that truly makes the world a better place just by being in it. I really enjoyed reading this exceptional and highly entertaining book! I read a complimentary copy of this book provided by Montlake Romance through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Cali-Jewel 9 months ago
Laugh out load funny, sweetly sexy, emotionally engaging and down home charming romantic journey filled with love, laughter, adventure and passion... could not put this exciting page turner down for a moment. Jennie Sue Baker is back home to try and rebuild her life that crashed and burned around her back in New York. Ignoring the town gossip is hard in a small town like Bloom, Texas and it makes following her heart and finally being herself a work in progress.... but one Rick Lawson could make all her efforts worth it.... loved this heartwarming small town romance!
CharlotteLynnsReviews 9 months ago
Carolyn Brown wrote a book set in small town USA. Everyone knows what everyone else is doing and they are happy to spread the gossip around the town. The original story changes as the gossip is passed from person to person and many times it gets blown entirely out of proportion. This is exactly how a small town is. Jennie Sue is a unique and strong character. She is the daughter of the queen and king of the town and she turns up her nose to that. I like that she knew she didn’t want to be like her mother yet she took a chance with Percy to try to live that life. I also like that it didn’t turn out well for her, I know that sounds bad but she was so unhappy and now that she is divorced from him she is so much happier. The town of Bloom, Texas should have turned its back on her but instead, those who are below her mamma’s station in life welcome her with almost open arms. While those who are her momma’s friends want to make her into one of their own without seeing how that is exactly what Jennie Sue (Southern name at its best) doesn’t want. The characters that welcome Jennie Sue home and help to handle the twists and turns in her life now that she is home are perfect. They are open, they are welcoming, and they are accepting. They let Jennie Sue be who she has always wanted to be and encourage her to grow in that. I love that and hope that if that was to happen in my town I’d be one of those welcoming people. It gives me something to strive for. Everything about this book is perfect. A perfect summer book with a wonderful small town setting, and characters that I loved that I definitely recommend.
gromine49 10 months ago
This is a wonderful story, one that is great to read at the beach or on a hot day inside the air conditioning. It makes you laugh and cry at times. So heartwarming.
Terri_C 11 months ago
Until just recently I had only read Ms. Brown's cowboy romances. I absolutely love them, but boy was I missing out! These other books by her focus more on relationships women have together and how they react to each other. There is also tons of humor. Some think the country type humor is a little over the top, but I loved every line. Jennie Sue is one of those girls that was at the top of the popularity chart in high school and one of those that was always proper in the way that only southern women with uptight mothers can be. However, all of her feelings have changed after a divorce and the seized by the police of all her belongings. Now she's making friends with the most unlikely people and doing the most unlikely things. Rick was never in her league in high school and is kind of ashamed that he still has a crush on Jennie Sue. He's come back from war a damaged man ashamed of his scars. His friendship with Jenny shows him that the scars may not matter as much as he thought. When they stop worrying about the rumor mill in town, they may both find that the present matters more than the past ever could. I would love to listen to the audio version of this also, because the books of Ms. Brown that are like this are just a delight to listen to. I love all the accents and the twang.
gaele 11 months ago
Jennie Sue left Bloom, Texas as the “it girl”. Wealthy, well-mannered, social standout she’s gone to New York with her husband, bound to make a splash. But now, her husband outed as a lying, cheating thief, she’s back in Bloom, in her mother’s house, with a marriage that’s fallen apart, no direction and a handful of alimony cheques that are tagged ‘Insufficient Funds”. Of course, Jennie Sue wasn’t prepared for her fall from grace, and she’s never really been her own person – from her mother’s iron-fisted control to her husband doing the same – she’s tired of the superficial, the constraints and above all, the gossip. Rick Lawson has come back to town after years in the military ended with an IED. He’s living and working at the family farm, and he runs the bookmobile – making a life for himself that wasn’t in his plans. The former star in high school, he’s working on a very different life for himself, and he keeps running into Jennie Sue. After moving away from her mother’s constant criticisms and expectations, Jennie Sue is busily trying to find her own direction: living her life for others has always been her go-to, but now she’s determined to be ‘all grown up”, find her own path and do whatever it takes to make people see her as Jennie Sue – not ‘THE Jennie Sue”. Her new jobs – housekeeping and working in a bookstore, a small above-the-garage apartment, and a flirtation that may be more all make her days more exciting, even if the challenges are never-ending and the gossips never stop. Several twists and turns, some unnecessary, add to the conflicts and struggles here: it was enough to see Jennie Sue reach for her own new life and overcome the negativity, and her interactions with the “older ladies” in town, with their own memories, desires and advice was lovely. A solid small-town feel with a rather predictable series of events, it was a nice read and perfect to while away a few hours. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
grammyx3 11 months ago
Jennie Sue Baker comes from a rich Texas oil family but she is returning home from New York City to Bloom, Texas after a disastrous marriage with next to nothing. She is also returning home with a new philosophy on life as an independent woman who wants to live life as she sees fit, not as her mother wants. So instead of living in the lap of luxury in her parents' house Jennie Sue gets jobs cleaning houses and working in a book store while living in a tiny apartment above a garage. How this new independence affects her relationship with her parents and finding new friends is the poignant journey the reader travels on with Jennie Sue in this book. Carolyn Brown is a master at writing warm, complex characters who find their way into your heart. In Small Town Rumors she introduces so many wonderful characters the reader can easily become immersed in their lives and loves. This is another "must-read" Women's Fiction story by this author.