#BookReview: Love, Alabama by Susan Sands

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

love alabamaSummary:

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?


Reading the synopsis and seeing words like Southern and beauty queen piqued my interest. For some reason, I am drawn to Southern fiction, even though I’ve never lived there myself. I love reading about Southern mannerisms and this book had plenty of those to keep me happy. When I first started I could tell this book appeared to be a part of a series, and I believe the first title is Again, Alabama. While I didn’t feel like I couldn’t read this book, it was something I wanted to point out in case you prefer reading a series in order.

There is a lot of serious topics discussed throughout reading, but nothing ever felt too serious or stifling. It moved along at a very quick pace, and I enjoyed the different POVs were able to get. Near the end, things really start to pick up with the discovery of a past secret (actually several) and I was eagerly waiting to see how this novel would end. Very solid read, and I hope there is more coming for the Laroux sisters.

4 stars

susan sandsAuthor Bio

Susan Sands grew up in a tiny Southern town in Northwest Louisiana near the Texas border. She graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, during the filming of Steel Magnolias on her campus. There’s no more Southern, small town claim to fame than that.

Her characters and setting are pulled from those very Southern, small towns and open spaces, where the air is clean and the words are often spoken with more syllables than necessary, y’all.

Her lifelong love of reading and the realization that her children were growing up and would eventually move on spurred her to try her hand at writing. Susan’s two novels, Again, Alabama, and Love, Alabama, are currently available both in digital format and in print from all online retailers.

Susan lives with her dentist husband and three nearly grown children in Johns Creek, GA. She is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers and the Romance Writers of America.

She loves connecting with readers and can be found at all the fun places:

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/susannsandsauthor

Twitter:  @SusanNoelSands

Blog:  Sweet Home Alpharetta at susansands.com

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