By Susan Sands
- Release Date: 2016-04-13
- Genre: Fiction & Literature
Love, Alabama Susan Sands Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Emma Laroux’s a fallen Southern beauty queen whose past is barely whispered about in her small town. But the secrets and lies surrounding her scandal still haunt her, and something about Matthew Pope may hold the answers...if only she could put her finger on it.
Matthew Pope wonders what awful karmic thing he’s done to land him in Podunk, Alabama. But when he sees Emma Laroux again after all this time, he knows he’s still the only one who holds the key to unlocking the truth of her past…
Will a shared moment in time ten years ago threaten the best thing that’s ever happened to them – each other?
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Nice summer read
By Pond flower
A book with likable characters and not too graphic sex, full of beautiful people. I could see this as a Lifetime movie. It doesn’t take long to read and is entertaining.
Can’t put it down...
Great read! I want more about their future!!! I was unable to put this book down all night!
I loved reading the book maybe because I live in a small town in the Central Valley of California and I have roots in the south. However, I was frustrated to see so much poor editing (words printed twice in several instances and erroneous punctuation) and I'm not a teacher or anybody of any particular importance, just a retired legal "secretary"!
Great character to hate! Great one to Love!
By Hope in Gulfport
Tad vs Matthew
By Jean Boehmke
I really liked this story. The emotional rollercoaster kept me glued to the pages. I went through a full range of emotions while reading this story. Happiness, love, sadness, fear, anger, disgust....so many emotions pulled out of me by this story of Emma and Matthew. Emma's family is wonderful. They are the reason that the love and happiness always seem to win out. The small town dynamics, with the ex-boyfriend as mayor, certainly did it's best to screw up the budding relationship. I was on the edge of my seat just wanting to get to the end and see how everything would turn out.
Small Town Politics
I really enjoyed Love, Alabama! I liked the small town charm from the hard workers to the tow gossips. Emma Laroux and Matthew Pope are interesting characters with traumatic pasts that make them perfect for one another. I also enjoyed the authors writing I felt like I was right there in Ministry Alabama.
It may not convert you to wanting that all-invasive small town, but you do understand the draw.
A nice mix of family saga, second chance romance and learning to move forward despite the fact that everyone you encounter remembers your younger self are the highlights in this story.
Emma is in her hometown running a beauty pageant coaching business despite the fact everyone sees her as a failed beauty queen. I liked Emma – she’s strong, solidly voiced person who has grown up from her wild-child self. Unfortunately, she still lives in the town where all that happened, and people are notoriously loathe to give up the stories.
Emma’s sister Cammie is making a splash with a television cooking show, and Matthew has arrived to direct. An Alabama native, he’s not two hours from the hometown he left in his rearview mirror years ago, and he’s not too thrilled to be back. When he recognizes a face from the past in Emma, he’s none too happy.
Oh the drama between these two – oil and water until Matthew comes clean and tells her that he was the one who rescued her from the all too famous party years ago. And when that secret is shared, all sorts of skeletons fall out of the closet: small towns with long memories have them in spades.
Building a story in a small town brings lots of wonderful elements – family, eccentric characters, long held secrets buried for ‘your own good’, and manipulations, overt and covert with or without malicious intent. Best here, Sands doesn’t overdo it on the characters or the drama, and no one is really acting because they are mean-spirited, more that they ‘know more’ than you with their experience. Not only does Sands bring that level of understanding to the readers, but you enjoy the ride along the way. It may not convert you to wanting that all-invasive small town, but you do understand the draw.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via the tour company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Loved this story!
"Love, Alabama" by Susan Sands is book two in the "Laroux Family" series. This is Emma Laroux and Matthew Pope's story.
Emma is a former beauty queen teaching classes to beauty contestants. Matthew has just moved to Ministry to produce Emma's sister's cooking show.
At first Emma and Matthew do not get along. This changes and chemistry between them was undeniable. As the story progresses, you realize there is more to this story than just a fun and flirty romance. There are secrets, people manipulating people, and lies. Will Emma and Matthew get a chance at true love despite all the secrets and lies?
This is a sweet small town love story with southern charm, lots of twists, and surprises. The supporting characters were great too. I'm looking forward to the next book in the "Laroux Family" series. I hope it's Ben's story! I really enjoyed this book. The cover is amazing too.
I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.