Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5)
Molly Harper brings her signature “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series.Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Amy E. Reichert, this warmhearted and witty love story introduces Molly Harper’s new Southern Eclectic series set in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. This story about second chances proves that “Molly Harper never lets the reader down with her delightfully entertaining stories. Humor, emotions, and romance are cleverly matched, and her likable characters are most appealing” (SingleTitles).

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5) Details

TitleSave a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2017
PublisherPocket Star
Rating
GenreRomance, Novella, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5) Review

  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet ol read. I love her! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Molly Harper just knows how to write fun, feel good stories. Whether you are devouring one of her quirky paranormal romance stories or a sweet contemporary romance, you know you are going to be entertained!This new offering is a quick story that offers up a classic second chance romance. There is nothing like your first love, especially if it was the one that was supposed to be. But knowing you made a decision that haunts you doesn't make What a sweet ol read. I love her! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Molly Harper just knows how to write fun, feel good stories. Whether you are devouring one of her quirky paranormal romance stories or a sweet contemporary romance, you know you are going to be entertained!This new offering is a quick story that offers up a classic second chance romance. There is nothing like your first love, especially if it was the one that was supposed to be. But knowing you made a decision that haunts you doesn't make it easier to come home. Especially when that decision is waiting for you head on.Easy breezy with a wonderful lighthearted HEA, this book is just what you need for a quick pick me up. A lovely southern charmer.* copy received for review consideration
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  • Jacqueline's Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3 Hitch a Ride Stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a novella and is a standalone. I would suggest reading the first book in the series first or plan to read it right after this one, only because you get more insight of the characters. Since this is a novella, I didn’t get a lot of character development and a lot of secondary characters were thrown at my face. It’s a little hard to follow, but there is a family tree at the beginning of book and if you use it, it will help you better. I’m starti 3 Hitch a Ride Stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a novella and is a standalone. I would suggest reading the first book in the series first or plan to read it right after this one, only because you get more insight of the characters. Since this is a novella, I didn’t get a lot of character development and a lot of secondary characters were thrown at my face. It’s a little hard to follow, but there is a family tree at the beginning of book and if you use it, it will help you better. I’m starting to like novellas because I feel like you get a little treat without committing to a full length book. The premise of the book is super cute. Carl and Marianne are high school sweethearts, but Marianne leaves Carl broken hearted as she leaves the small town for school.I love a good second chance novel and I was itching for some angst, tension and fights. Molly Harper writes charming, wholesome books. I usually read more New Adult, but I have nothing against slow burn novels, I think I would have preferred a little more interaction between the two main characters.I found myself wanting more Carl and Marianne, instead of Marianne’s interactions with everyone in the town. I liked Carl’s dismissive personality and his carefree attitude. I liked Marianne’s confusion towards Carl and I craved more of it. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is kind of like a prequel to what’s to come because EVERYONE is introduced into this book (or it seems like it). I felt like the introductions of characters was slightly more important than the two main character’s story. Regardless, I love a good small town read.An ARC was providedAMAZON - http://amzn.to/2zhd222READ as an...
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial ThoughtsI didn't want it to end! Really...it was just getting to the good stuff and boom...it's over. It was a nice intro to the series. I thought it was fun and the characters were great. I had fun with it but would have really liked to see another chapter or maybe an epilogue. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Full review to be posted soon.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    A short and sweet Contemporary Romance about a woman returning home for the first time in a few years. It's kind of perfect. It has Molly Harper's trademark snark, it's entertaining and it's G Rated so you could give this book to your grandma without worrying too much.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had read some of Molly’s other books a while ago and this synopsis + her name had me eager to read this. I liked Marianne and Carl well enough. They’re both good people with an interesting past. There are a lot a lot a lot of characters and it seemed like we got the backstory on every single person who was mentioned. I especially liked Frankie and Duffy. Plot wise, it felt like a lot of tell and not show. I didn’t really see the chemistry between Marianne and Carl and the few conversations the I had read some of Molly’s other books a while ago and this synopsis + her name had me eager to read this. I liked Marianne and Carl well enough. They’re both good people with an interesting past. There are a lot a lot a lot of characters and it seemed like we got the backstory on every single person who was mentioned. I especially liked Frankie and Duffy. Plot wise, it felt like a lot of tell and not show. I didn’t really see the chemistry between Marianne and Carl and the few conversations they had didn’t seem like enough of a basis to practically get married.Overall, I feel like this story would have been better as a full length. There was definitely promise, but it moved a bit to quickly for me to really enjoy it. However, it was a quick, fun read and I am interested in other books in the series. **Huge thanks to Pocket Star for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first time reading Molly Harper, but I've seen her name here and there. Browsing Netgalley one day the title caught my eye, and when I saw the author's name I decided it was time to try her out so I requested it, and a big thank you to the publisher for accepting my request! This is a sweet second chance romance. Marianne is interesting and self-deprecating. She hightailed it out of her small town to go to college, and Carl was left behind with a broken heart. It's been many many year This is my first time reading Molly Harper, but I've seen her name here and there. Browsing Netgalley one day the title caught my eye, and when I saw the author's name I decided it was time to try her out so I requested it, and a big thank you to the publisher for accepting my request! This is a sweet second chance romance. Marianne is interesting and self-deprecating. She hightailed it out of her small town to go to college, and Carl was left behind with a broken heart. It's been many many years since I was Marianne's age, but I could relate to the feeling of needing to get away from the place where you grew up. Lately my catnip is small town stories and/or cowboys. Carl isn't a cowboy, but he had many of the attributes that those heroes usually have, though I wasn't sure at first how I felt about him. Wearing shirts with the sleeves torn off...he didn't exactly appeal to me. But he quickly grew on me. Marianne has a lot of family and I had a little trouble keeping track of them all, but I really liked her brother Duffy and her cousin Frankie. I'm hoping that future books in the series will feature them. I'm not generally a big fan of novellas, just because I like to get more story than the shorter form allows. Marianne and Carl's new, or resumed, relationship was a bit sudden, and I would've liked to spend more time watching them get to know each again after being apart for four or so years. But I loved their interactions, and I laughed out loud a few times. A quick and enjoyable read, and I'm interested now to see how much deeper Ms. Harper goes into her characters in a full length novel. She certainly seems to be popular, with over four thousand followers on Goodreads! I'm glad I gave her try!
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  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    It's been years since I read a book by Molly Harper. But the names of authors who make me laugh OUT LOUD always stick with me so when I saw a new title with her name attached to it, I was on it.Save a Truck Ride a Redneck has all of the quirk I expect from a Molly Harper novel and eccentric characters, but it also has a love for the small town lifestyle and the idiosyncrasies that go with it.Marianne's family who runs a funeral home/bait shop (yep, doesn't that make you want to read it right the It's been years since I read a book by Molly Harper. But the names of authors who make me laugh OUT LOUD always stick with me so when I saw a new title with her name attached to it, I was on it.Save a Truck Ride a Redneck has all of the quirk I expect from a Molly Harper novel and eccentric characters, but it also has a love for the small town lifestyle and the idiosyncrasies that go with it.Marianne's family who runs a funeral home/bait shop (yep, doesn't that make you want to read it right there?) lives in a compound of sorts. Family is never far away. Carl, who is best friends with Marianne's brother Duffy, is now pretty much a member of the family too.Even though years have gone by, Marianne is still drawn to Carl; it's reciprocated. In fact, this has one of the hottest scenes, rich with swoon and steam, without sex, that I have read in a long time.The only drawback that I found with Save a Truck Ride a Redneck is that it's a novella so I didn't get to spend as much time with Marianne and Carl (especially the delicious Carl) that I would like. However, Harper manages to put so much in this novella that I never felt cheated as far as a real story and characterization (except for wanting more Marianne and Carl!). Typically that's my main complaint with many novellas, but I didn't have it here.Save a Truck Ride a Redneck falls under women's fiction so for those of you who hang back from reading romances, you might want to give this a try. While there is some romance with Marianne and Carl, there is a lot of family and relationships and humor. If you need some quirk, snark, and humor, this might just do it for you.Fun times!I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer (The Book Nympho)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was the hush puppy to the big catfish buffet that's about to happen when the rest of Molly Harper's new contemporary series, Southern Eclectic hits the bookshelves. This novella did what all starters for new series should. It set up the town and the people in it. Wither Harper is writing about vampires, naked werewolves or other plain Jane humans in some of her other contemporary romances the flavor is the same. Heart. Snark. Laughs. Sexy. Save a Truck, Ri 3.5 stars Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was the hush puppy to the big catfish buffet that's about to happen when the rest of Molly Harper's new contemporary series, Southern Eclectic hits the bookshelves. This novella did what all starters for new series should. It set up the town and the people in it. Wither Harper is writing about vampires, naked werewolves or other plain Jane humans in some of her other contemporary romances the flavor is the same. Heart. Snark. Laughs. Sexy. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was an enjoyable fast read that has me wanting more from the Southern Eclectic series. I recommend it to Harper fans (no fangs or fur required).
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  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    I really like this author. I made the mistake of reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy first. This book was like a delicious appetizer preceding an incredible meal. I love this family and I can tell that there are more stories to tell.Marianne has left her little town to go to college. She leaves behind her true love, Carl, but she breaks up with him before her departure because she is under the impression that he wants a commitment of marriage which will hinder her plans to become a lawyer. After year I really like this author. I made the mistake of reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy first. This book was like a delicious appetizer preceding an incredible meal. I love this family and I can tell that there are more stories to tell.Marianne has left her little town to go to college. She leaves behind her true love, Carl, but she breaks up with him before her departure because she is under the impression that he wants a commitment of marriage which will hinder her plans to become a lawyer. After years in college, she wants to spend the summer at home before going to law school. She bumps into Carl and all those little feelings ignite again, but Carl has his walls up because she broke his heart. Carl is proud and grew up in poverty while Marianne had a more privileged upbringing. He had assumed that she rejected him because he was poor. Carl, too, has changed since Marianne left, he is an owner of his own business and he has a home that he is proud of. The two can't seem to stay away from each other but continue to be cautious. Can Carl forgive Marianne for breaking his heart? Marianne is also readjusting to life back home and her family is so quirky and eccentric but loveable. She also gets some heartbreaking news that prompts her to make decisions with her own future. This story made you want more and I cannot wait for the next installment.
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  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 an adorable prequel. RTC.
  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comMolly Harper can get me giggling like no one else and that’s exactly what happened with Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck. From the hilarious title to the sweet cover to the wonderful people we met along the way, this novella kicked off the Southern Eclectic series in style.It goes without saying that Molly Harper’s newest release is funny, snarky, and filled with a lot of heart. So even though this didn’t take place in our beloved Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky– See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comMolly Harper can get me giggling like no one else and that’s exactly what happened with Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck. From the hilarious title to the sweet cover to the wonderful people we met along the way, this novella kicked off the Southern Eclectic series in style.It goes without saying that Molly Harper’s newest release is funny, snarky, and filled with a lot of heart. So even though this didn’t take place in our beloved Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky–and it’s contemporary, not paranormal–Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was still a sassy Southern romance. This time it was set in small town Lake Sackett, Georgia which had its own fair share of offbeat, completely likable characters. Read More
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  • ✎Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Nice start to a new series this is gonna be good
  • Justareader
    January 1, 1970
    PROS : sweet, charming and funny. Setting and characters were perfect.CONS : t’was too darn short !
  • Kaetrin
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Dear Author. Link to come.
  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Carl is just a really sexy man when he's all fired up, "Carl whipped off his baseball cap. “You are the most frustratin’ woman I have ever met.” I loved this little novella Marianne's family is just crazy and her brother Duffy was just funny, “Carl! Do not take my sister to Deer Tick Bay! It’s indecent! It’s against the Bro Code! Manny! Resist his charms! Do not defile my boat!” I can't wait for more in this series.
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  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of smiles are guaranteed when reading a book by Molly Harper, and this fact is repeatedly proven in the first book of the Southern Eclectic series. With its unique individuals and comical situations, I quickly became caught up in the lives of these exceptional characters. The appeal of living in a small town is shown in a number of positive ways, yet there is a downside because residents are often privy to specific information which is best left unknown. In this story, a woman thought she k Lots of smiles are guaranteed when reading a book by Molly Harper, and this fact is repeatedly proven in the first book of the Southern Eclectic series. With its unique individuals and comical situations, I quickly became caught up in the lives of these exceptional characters. The appeal of living in a small town is shown in a number of positive ways, yet there is a downside because residents are often privy to specific information which is best left unknown. In this story, a woman thought she knew what was best for her and acted accordingly. But all it takes is one visit back home, and her life choices suddenly become questionable. I laughed so many times yet also felt very emotional during certain scenes, as Molly Harper ingeniously makes SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK entertainingly realistic.When Marianne McCready graduated from high school four years ago, she believed getting away from the coastal town of Lake Sackett, Georgia would ensure her life turned out well. Breaking up with her boyfriend, Carl Dawson, right before leaving was exceedingly difficult, yet she also thought it was for the best. Marianne has not been back home very much, mostly because she wanted to avoid Carl, but she has decided to stay with her family for several months until law school starts in the fall.Unfortunately for Marianne, the first person that she encounters is Carl, and there is little warmth in his greeting. But as the two keep running into each other from time to time, feelings they once shared start resurfacing. Now Marianne has to decide if her future is in another city, or if staying in her hometown can actually bring contentment.Though the story is a novella, it is certainly not short on enjoyment. There are many distinctive characters whose personalities brought me joy every time they commented, and the behavior of some people was laughable but sadly true-to-life. Molly Harper always manages to create original individuals for her stories, and many of those in SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK are people whom I would really like to know. The quaint hometown feel in the story had me thinking about where I live, and then grinning as I pictured some of the same occurrences taking place in my area.Marianne and Carl are a delightful couple. Watching them rehash old hurts was rather painful at times, but just like real life, there are often challenges to overcome. Whenever they talked, I anxiously waited to see what would happen next. Their interaction with other town citizens is sometimes hilarious, while other moments were more poignant, making a perfect blend of emotional conflict with witty humor. Marianne’s dealings with her family were also insightful, as it let me get to know all her wonderful relatives. I am glad this is a series, because I want to revisit with these fascinating characters many times.I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 16, 2017Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high gr 3.5 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 16, 2017Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?••••••REVIEW: 3.5 stars--SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK is the first instalment (and novella) in Molly Harper's contemporary, adult SOUTHERN ECLECTIC sweet, romance series focusing on the men and women of Lake Sackett, Georgia. This is law student Marianne McCready, and auto mechanic Carl Dawson's story line.Told from third person perspective (Marianne ) SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK is a second chance story line between high school sweethearts and lovers Marianne McCready and Carl Dawson. Marianne had big plans after graduating high school with law school in mind, and Carl was willing to wait for the woman he had always loved but something spooked Marianne just days before leaving Lake Sackett, Georgia, and our heroine ran without looking back. Broken hearted Carl moved on with his life hoping one day that Marianne would acknowledge the love they once had. Fast forward four years, and our heroine, at the insistence of her mother, returns to Lake Sackett, Georgia to discover that old feelings burned deeply but a broken heart was harder to mend. What ensues is the rebuilding relationship between Carl and Marianne, as Marianne reconsiders her plans for the future.SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK is a story of family and friendship; second chances and happily ever after. The world building looks at the usual assortment of townsfolk including the local gossip and busybody still intent on destroying people's lives. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including all of Marianne's extended family who own and operate the local funeral parlour. Be prepared with a spreadsheet to keep all of the characters organized and connected. The romance looks follows the rebuilding relationship between our leading couple. There are no $ex scenes-implied or otherwise. A majority of the story line follows Marianne as she reconnects with family and considers the next step in her life. SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK is a cute, clean story of second chances with an odd collection of eccentric family members, towns people, southern charm and figures of speech.Copy supplied by Netgalleywww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    http://rpmbt-blog.com/rpmbt/review-sa...When I read Sweet Tea and Sympathy and got to know Carl and Marianne I really wanted to know their back story, and I was so excited to see we were going to get it in Save a Truck, Ride A Redneck. This novella is the perfect story for those of you who met Carl and Marianne in Margot’s book, and wanted to know more!Marianne left Lake Sackett after high school to chase her dreams of becoming a lawyer, and hasn’t looked back. She left the man she loved, and a http://rpmbt-blog.com/rpmbt/review-sa...When I read Sweet Tea and Sympathy and got to know Carl and Marianne I really wanted to know their back story, and I was so excited to see we were going to get it in Save a Truck, Ride A Redneck. This novella is the perfect story for those of you who met Carl and Marianne in Margot’s book, and wanted to know more!Marianne left Lake Sackett after high school to chase her dreams of becoming a lawyer, and hasn’t looked back. She left the man she loved, and a family who adores her. So when she comes back for a summer before starting law school, she isn’t so sure how things are going to go. When the first person she sees is Carl things definitely are tense. I loved how she tried to pretend that the past was the past, but you definitely knew that she still wanted him, but she couldn’t take back what she did all those years ago.Marianne is having a hard time adjusting to being back in Lake Sackett and being around her crazy family, but at the same time, she’s loving having everyone around, and she’s starting to realize being home isn’t as bad as she thought it would be. Maybe all of her dreams she thought she had weren’t as important as the people she left behind. I loved watching her find herself again, and reconciling with the people she loved the most. Watching her and Carl trying to figure things out and the whole will they or won’t they was amazing to watch play out.This book was a sweet novella and an amazing start to the series. You get to meet all of the amazing characters in the family, and some of the towns people as well. Carl and Marianne have a long way to get back to what they have, but this isn’t all about them reconciling, it’s also about Marianne truly figuring out what she wants in life as well. If you’re looking for a sweet novella to jump into, and a new series to fall in love with (all stand-alones) then I highly suggest picking up Save A Truck, Ride A Redneck by Molly Harper today!I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy A
    January 1, 1970
    Save a Truck is a prequel novella introducing readers to Molly Harper's upcoming Southern Eclectic series taking place in Lake Sackett, Georgia, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business.This is particularly true for Marianne McCready who left Lake Sackett four years ago to go to school to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, and not keeping in the tradition of working at the family bait shop / funeral home. Right before she left, she abruptly broke up with her boyfriend, Carl Save a Truck is a prequel novella introducing readers to Molly Harper's upcoming Southern Eclectic series taking place in Lake Sackett, Georgia, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business.This is particularly true for Marianne McCready who left Lake Sackett four years ago to go to school to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, and not keeping in the tradition of working at the family bait shop / funeral home. Right before she left, she abruptly broke up with her boyfriend, Carl, after she learned he was out looking at engagement rings. Not wanting to be another person "stuck" in Lake Sackett, Marianne quickly ran off to school putting as much distance as she could between herself and the small town. Now, she's back for the summer before she begins her final stretch of schooling to become a lawyer. Being back she'll be confronted with everything that she left behind. This time, however, Marianne might not want to run away again. I immediately loved the quirky and eclectic McCready family. There's this dark / twisting humor to them being in the funeral business. Fans of Harper's will recognize the similarities with her popular Jane Jameson series. It's a short read, kind of light on the character development, but great on the setup of the small town. I really am looking forward to seeing more of these characters weaving themselves in and out of the main full-length stories of the series. If you've read other things by Molly Harper, you won't be disappointed, and if you haven't, it's the perfect place to start especially in preparation for Sweet Tea & Sympathy out in November. *Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christi Snow
    January 1, 1970
    My Review:OMG, if this is a preview of how good this series is going to be, I'm completely on board as an auto-buy for this series.This is a second chance at love story. Four years ago, Marianne went to college and broke up with Carl right before she left, breaking his heart. Now she's home for the summer before she heads off to law school and seeing Carl for the first time in four years...and it's not easy. The entire story is told from Marianne's POV, so it's hard to know exactly what Carl is My Review:OMG, if this is a preview of how good this series is going to be, I'm completely on board as an auto-buy for this series.This is a second chance at love story. Four years ago, Marianne went to college and broke up with Carl right before she left, breaking his heart. Now she's home for the summer before she heads off to law school and seeing Carl for the first time in four years...and it's not easy. The entire story is told from Marianne's POV, so it's hard to know exactly what Carl is thinking and feeling, especially at first. But he's a good guy...that's obvious from the very first when he probably should be at least slightly abrupt with Marianne...she left him in the worst way and completely blindsided him with their breakup. He thought they were going to do the long distance thing. He never planned on holding her back from her dreams, so that's why it took him by surprise so much. But they are awesome now. It takes a while to get around the leftover wariness of one another from before, but the dance and the chemistry is amazing. I loved them together and all the little details of this town and Marianne's family and how Carl fits into that. I've always loved Molly Harper's paranormal series, but didn't know how that would translate to contemporary stories. The good news is that it translates amazingly well. I couldn't have loved this story anymore and am so excited that it's kicking off a whole new series. I'm ready. Bring on the rest of the books. My one-click finger is ready!I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Molly Harper’s new book is a fun tale that is quick and easy to read. The book isn’t very long, but Ms. Harper puts a lot of information into the story. This book kicks off Ms. Harper’s newest series Southern Eclectic.Marianne McCready knew she wasn’t cut out for either part of her family’s business. Her family runs both a fishing store and the local funeral parlor. She always planned to leave Lake Sackett, Georgia for college and to never look back. When it came time to leave, saying goodbye to Molly Harper’s new book is a fun tale that is quick and easy to read. The book isn’t very long, but Ms. Harper puts a lot of information into the story. This book kicks off Ms. Harper’s newest series Southern Eclectic.Marianne McCready knew she wasn’t cut out for either part of her family’s business. Her family runs both a fishing store and the local funeral parlor. She always planned to leave Lake Sackett, Georgia for college and to never look back. When it came time to leave, saying goodbye to the man she loved was the hardest thing she had to do. Marianne still hasn’t gotten over that heartbreak and now she is back home for the whole summer. She knows that she will run into the man that she left and she isn’t sure how she is going to handle it.Carl Dawson comes from a rough family. He never knew what he was going to find when he went home. It took a long time for him to trust the McCready’s and their acceptance of him. When Marianne left, she broke his heart and brought back all the feelings of inadequacy he had a child. Now that she is back, Carl isn’t sure how to handle the situation or the feelings he still has for her especially since she plans to leave again for law school.The McCready clan is quite a unique bunch. They certainly have a number of quirky characters and yet, the love they feel for one another is apparent every time we meet them. Ms. Harper is definitely setting up the series with this book. There are so many great characters that she can build romances for and each story will have its own spin on the romance.I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    January 1, 1970
    I had never read a book by Molly Harper before but had seen her name quite a bit come up on my “If you like this author you should like these” lists so I figured I’d give her a chance. I was glad I took the opportunity because in a world that gets increasingly crazy and dark, Harper provides a respite with a sweet romance.Well-written with interesting characters who allow us to feel their emotional highs and lows I was able to connect with the characters to enjoy the story even more. I remember I had never read a book by Molly Harper before but had seen her name quite a bit come up on my “If you like this author you should like these” lists so I figured I’d give her a chance. I was glad I took the opportunity because in a world that gets increasingly crazy and dark, Harper provides a respite with a sweet romance.Well-written with interesting characters who allow us to feel their emotional highs and lows I was able to connect with the characters to enjoy the story even more. I remember my own need to get out of home and move onto bigger places and things so that probably helped me relate to Marianne a little more.Another plus for this is that it’s incredibly short so it’s the perfect thing to capture your attention while you’re waiting at an appointment or need something relaxing to help you unwind at night because you’ll be able to drift off to pleasant dreams and at a decent hour when you finish. The downside of course is that everything has to move faster than reality would allow and you don’t get much time with the story but at least what little we get is well-written with heart and humor to provide you with a feel-good romance. Harper captured that feeling of southern charm in this quick novella that gives you a wonderful taste of Harper’s talent. I’m definitely interested in reading more by her now that I know she is worth all the great reviews I’ve seen about her.
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  • Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
    January 1, 1970
    Review will be posted at www.books-n-kisses.com .REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is the pre-quel to Molly Harper’s new series and I couldn’t be more excited!! I mean a family that has a bait shop/funeral home (yes, you read that right!!!) has to be fun right?? The McCready family has been in the Bait/Funeral business (oh that sounds bad!! They don’t use the bodies as bait I promise) for generations!! I am super excited to see what is in store for th Review will be posted at www.books-n-kisses.com .REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is the pre-quel to Molly Harper’s new series and I couldn’t be more excited!! I mean a family that has a bait shop/funeral home (yes, you read that right!!!) has to be fun right?? The McCready family has been in the Bait/Funeral business (oh that sounds bad!! They don’t use the bodies as bait I promise) for generations!! I am super excited to see what is in store for this family. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a second chance love story for Marianne & Carl. I won’t give to much away (because you need to read) but I will say that I enjoyed the journey that Marianne & Carl’s story! Carl is very sweet and forgiving (although I do hope that he gives Marianne a hard time every now and a gain ;) ). I am loving Marianne’s family and can’t wait to see who a story. I can’t wait for the next installment Sweet Tea & Sympathy (November 2017)!! Also can’t wait to get the audio version of this story! The amazingly talented Amanda Ronconi is lending her voice to this series also!!! Watch for audio review to come soon. Disclaimer:I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
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  • Trudy Dowling
    January 1, 1970
    The title alone had me intrigued. So catchy!! Take me to the rednecks. They say location is what matters. Let me tell you the location of this story is a smorgasbord of future books. This preview (novella) was one of the best teasers for future books I have read in quite some time. So what was so good about it you may ask. First off all this is a second chance romance, one of the most fun genres that I read. It was also a second chance homecoming for Marianne who had fled Lake Sackett four years The title alone had me intrigued. So catchy!! Take me to the rednecks. They say location is what matters. Let me tell you the location of this story is a smorgasbord of future books. This preview (novella) was one of the best teasers for future books I have read in quite some time. So what was so good about it you may ask. First off all this is a second chance romance, one of the most fun genres that I read. It was also a second chance homecoming for Marianne who had fled Lake Sackett four years earlier. She has been avoiding the return home, avoiding her past, avoiding regret. But she can't avoid the guilt laid on by her momma. The family dynamics are so unique, so special. I want to search all of Georgia for the funeral home that has a bait shop connected on one side and a snack shop on the other. Talk about one stop shopping. Really, who thinks up this stuff??? The amazing Molly Harper, that's who. Marianne's family is quite the eclectic group. The holidays must be an absolute blast. And her ex-boyfriend, Carl had me dreaming of ways to breakdown needing a tow truck. I think of Carl and the strong silent type. With him sometimes actions speak louder than words. But his words can cut deep, having me turning the pages for more, more, more.
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  • J.M. Powers
    January 1, 1970
    Molly Harper’s novella, Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck, is a great introduction into her series. I love the location of Lake Sackett, GA. I don’t know if such a place really exists, but the author made it real if it isn’t. I read this book after enjoying Sweet Tea and Sympathy, and only then realized Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was the first in the series—not the second like it is depicted on Amazon. The southern comfort of family and values is prevalent throughout this book. However, the main ch Molly Harper’s novella, Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck, is a great introduction into her series. I love the location of Lake Sackett, GA. I don’t know if such a place really exists, but the author made it real if it isn’t. I read this book after enjoying Sweet Tea and Sympathy, and only then realized Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was the first in the series—not the second like it is depicted on Amazon. The southern comfort of family and values is prevalent throughout this book. However, the main character, Marianne is aghast when her old beau is the tow truck who comes to her rescue after her unfortunate near-miss with a deer. This is certainly not the entrance she had hoped to portray upon visiting her folks for the summer after attending college for 4 years. She did not leave on a good note—and to run into her high school sweetheart after breaking his heart, is super uncomfortable. The trek through southern charm and sass is a fun read. As usual, Molly Harper spurs blasts of laughter throughout the book. I highly recommend this short but sassy novella. It’s a great introduction into the world of the McCready family. I received this book free from Net Galley.
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  • Reeca Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne has left her small town of Lake Sackett, GA. She is determined to make something of herself and get away from the family business, a funeral home and bait shop (yep!! You heard me right). She is following her dream at the cost many of her friends and family, especially Carl, her first and only true love.Carl is the strong silent type and I fell in love with him immediately. I definitely see the attraction between him and Marianne. I also understand Marianne’s need to escape and create a Marianne has left her small town of Lake Sackett, GA. She is determined to make something of herself and get away from the family business, a funeral home and bait shop (yep!! You heard me right). She is following her dream at the cost many of her friends and family, especially Carl, her first and only true love.Carl is the strong silent type and I fell in love with him immediately. I definitely see the attraction between him and Marianne. I also understand Marianne’s need to escape and create a life away from Lake Sackett. She has been accepted into law school and her determination to reach her dream has blinded her to the good things about her friends, family and her hometown.I think Molly Harper is becoming one of my favorite authors. I adored Sweet Tea and Sympathy . This novella follows the same family. With the quirky comments and the sly wit, what is there not to love! The characters are true southerners and their antics, especially Tootie, are unforgettable. Grab this one up and start smiling!I received this novella from Simon and Schuster a part of #XOXPERTS
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  • Karmen
    January 1, 1970
    4 Sweet Southern Stars!I'm a first time reader of this author and now a fan! Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a sweet and short read about second chances in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. Carl and Marianne were from high school sweethearts, but from different side of the tracks. Marianne loved Carl, but seeing her future--being a young wife and stuck in this small town, made Marianne antsy. She left town for college for a "bigger" future, but left her heart behind with Carl. Now back ho 4 Sweet Southern Stars!I'm a first time reader of this author and now a fan! Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a sweet and short read about second chances in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. Carl and Marianne were from high school sweethearts, but from different side of the tracks. Marianne loved Carl, but seeing her future--being a young wife and stuck in this small town, made Marianne antsy. She left town for college for a "bigger" future, but left her heart behind with Carl. Now back home after being gone for years, Marianne finds that her life away in college and law-school is not that all glamorous. She soon finds out that missing out on family, friends and especially her love, Carl, wasn't worth it. But did everyone move on while she was gone?Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a charming southern read and looking forward to more in the is series.
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  • Zvezdana
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, it's a novella, but it is way to brief even for that. She went away for college - did she meet any people there? Nope. Make any friends? Nope. Do anything but pine for home and the guy she ran from? Nope. Did she have any friends at home, before she left, that she could reconnect with after coming back? Nope.She just ran away and now she's back, they have a brief conversation - and they are back together, as if nothing happened, and striding into a bright future to be happy ever after. Yeah Yes, it's a novella, but it is way to brief even for that. She went away for college - did she meet any people there? Nope. Make any friends? Nope. Do anything but pine for home and the guy she ran from? Nope. Did she have any friends at home, before she left, that she could reconnect with after coming back? Nope.She just ran away and now she's back, they have a brief conversation - and they are back together, as if nothing happened, and striding into a bright future to be happy ever after. Yeah, that did not work for me.
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  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    January 1, 1970
    Heading back home to spend the summer before going to law school, Marianne begins to question her life goals and dreams. She’s always feared being stuck in small-town Sackett, Georgia, but now the idea has a little more appeal, as long as she can maintain some distance between herself and her large family. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, but when Marianne thought Carl might propose before Marianne headed off to college, she panicked and left him. After four years, the sparks are Heading back home to spend the summer before going to law school, Marianne begins to question her life goals and dreams. She’s always feared being stuck in small-town Sackett, Georgia, but now the idea has a little more appeal, as long as she can maintain some distance between herself and her large family. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, but when Marianne thought Carl might propose before Marianne headed off to college, she panicked and left him. After four years, the sparks are still there, but can they move forward instead of looking back?Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a short novella that kicks off the new Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper. While not full of Ms. Harper’s usual snark and wit, the story is sweet and charming. However, I’m a bit curious as to its place in the series. I say this because there is a HUGE spoiler in the beginning of the book: a family tree which shows Marianne and Carl married with kids, as well as the death a major character who is still alive in this story. I really wish the family tree had been left out of the novella, and added once the series had progressed to match what the graphic displays.Other than that little issue, Carl and Marianne share a sweet romance. The novella sets the stage for the upcoming series by developing the basic framework of the world. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck was entertaining and engrossing enough that it got me interested and invested in the characters, and I want to know more about the McCready family. My Rating: B/B- Liked It, but I had a small issueReview copy provided by NetGalleyOriginally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, funny southern romance nobody writes like Molly Harper. I laughed and loved and laughed some more. Molly Harper can make you giggle at the most unlikely events. Carl is just like the guys in the Georgian town I live in and I think we have all met a girl like Marianne. Grab a glass of sweet tea and enjoy.
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