What a delightfully cozy feel-good story! Just finished Again, Alabama by Susan Sands last night and I loved it. The perfect book to curl up with under a warm blanket on a cold day with a cup of hot cocoa and a slice of pecan pie. Now doesn’t that sound wonderful?? You can find Again, Alabama on Book Club Reading List.
Cammie Laroux is on her way back home to Alabama to help her mom with the family business while she recovers from hip surgery. It’s pretty good timing, considering she’s out of a job after being blamed for setting her celebrity boss’s hair on fire while cooking flambé during their nationally televised cooking show. What she doesn’t expect to find back home is her ex-boyfriend Grey, now single and handsome as ever. It’s been 10 years but some wounds never seem to fully heal. Can Cammie forgive Grey and find the courage to take a chance with him, again?
“If everything else fell to pieces, they had each other. After all these years, she was just now realizing the vital role of family in her life.” (Cammie, chapter 13.)
I loved this book! The writing is clear and descriptive, the characters are genuine and lovable, and the plot is continually progressing. I especially enjoyed experiencing Cammie’s journey. She starts the story as an emotionally battered and abused woman as a result from the cooking fiasco at her job. Travelling back to her hometown, which is full of painful memories, is hard for her. She temporarily takes over the family business, becomes a pillar of strength for her family, and starts to heal from the trials life has dealt her. Her relationship with Grey is highly satisfying–full of conflict and sizzling chemistry–they work very well together. And yet, even with all of the things Cammie had to deal with, I found her to be a very relatable character. Even though my personal life experiences aren’t in the same ballpark as hers, I was able to connect with and care about her, which is vital to a successful story. I liked Grey a lot too; I think he’s the real victim of this book. He makes one mistake and pays for it the rest of his life.
Another strength is the story line. Every time I thought I knew how the rest of the book was going to play out and wondered how on earth another x number of pages were going to be filled, another element of the story was added, creating depth to the characters and Cammie’s journey. This isn’t a fluff-filled love story, which is somewhat unusual in the genre of romance. Add to all this a touch of humor and you have one strong book.
The only issue I had with Again, Alabama is Cammie’s fiancé Jason. She is engaged to a man she met while living and working in Virginia when she goes to Alabama to help her family. She remains engaged while she reconnects with Grey. This is problematic because I didn’t feel like I could fully root for Grey while Cammie was engaged. Then when she did break things off with Jason it seemed too convenient that he was no longer invested in their relationship, like she got off too easy. This made it so the story could be wrapped up all nice and neat, but I think there could have been a little more depth to their relationship and break up.
Overall, I very much loved this book. If you are looking for a feel-good love story, you will enjoy Again, Alabama. There is one sex scene, but it doesn’t get too explicit. I am cautious in reading romance stories because they tend to get very graphic. This one is probably a PG-13 rating in terms of sexual content and language. As the weather turns cooler, go find a warm blanket and your favorite comfort food and settle in for a good read!
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