Ain't She a Peach? (Southern Eclectic, #2)
An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden...a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.

Ain't She a Peach? (Southern Eclectic, #2) Details

TitleAin't She a Peach? (Southern Eclectic, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 12th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501151330
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Ain't She a Peach? (Southern Eclectic, #2) Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsMolly Harper's Southern Eclectic books are proving to be fast, fun and engaging books! Her characters are eclectic, fun, interesting and likable. Characters from the first book in this series (Sweet tea and Sympathy) are also in this book! This book does work very well as a standalone novel but I do encourage reading both books as they are fun, quirky and light. Perfect for when you need a change of pace, are in a reading slump or just want to read an entertaining book!Eric Linden is an 3.5 starsMolly Harper's Southern Eclectic books are proving to be fast, fun and engaging books! Her characters are eclectic, fun, interesting and likable. Characters from the first book in this series (Sweet tea and Sympathy) are also in this book! This book does work very well as a standalone novel but I do encourage reading both books as they are fun, quirky and light. Perfect for when you need a change of pace, are in a reading slump or just want to read an entertaining book!Eric Linden is an ex-Atlanta police officer who has moved to Lake Sackett, Georgia to serve as the town Sheriff. He is hoping for a slower paced life and job. He is used to high rate crime and sees murder and foul play in most of his cases. He also learns that Frankie McCready, a woman he has a sort-of past with not only lives in the town, but is employed by McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop as the town coroner and embalmer. Yes, you read correctly - a bait shop and a funeral home. I did warn that this book is quirky.Frankie McCready is an interesting person. She likes to color her hair interesting colors, has a sarcastic sense of humor and is the family baby. Due to the nature of her job, she and Eric have a lot of interactions which are a little awkward due to their sort-of history in the past. They share barbs and insults which make the dialogue fun and moves the story along.Frankie and Eric also must work together to determine who has been trying to break into the funeral home after hours. Frankie is determined that she knows the identity of the guilty party and Eric attempts to solve the crime while keeping Frankie from getting herself into trouble as she attempts to solve the crime.As I previously stated, Harper's books are quirky, light and fun! Perfect reads for those looking for something light and enjoyable. Her books are full of witty and fun characters such as Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family! Her characters deal with real life issues but with a little dash of charisma, southern charm and sarcasm thrown into the mix. This book was well-written, and I read it in one day as I could not put it down. This is not an edge of your seat page turner, but it was so much fun and enjoyable that I could not resist and had to keep reading. I will be reading the next book in the series when it comes out!Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSEvery now and then I seek out books that are lighter reads, ones that require no investment on my part but are entertaining and relaxing. Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series feature books that fall precisely in that category. I still have to read the two novellas that fall between books #1-2, but the real reason I pick up these books is they make me laugh until I bust a gut. I was raised a Georgia peach, and I get a kick out of seeing small town southerners portrayed in mainstream f 3.5 STARSEvery now and then I seek out books that are lighter reads, ones that require no investment on my part but are entertaining and relaxing. Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series feature books that fall precisely in that category. I still have to read the two novellas that fall between books #1-2, but the real reason I pick up these books is they make me laugh until I bust a gut. I was raised a Georgia peach, and I get a kick out of seeing small town southerners portrayed in mainstream fiction. While it's a little over the top, I found myself reminiscing on certain points that Harper got spot on. If you're looking for a fun, light, and humorous read, I would recommend picking this up. Frankie was my favorite side character from the first novel, which is probably why I enjoyed Ain't She A Peach a little more than Sweet Tea And Sympathy. These stories can be read as stand alone novels, but I would recommend reading both full size novels to get all the background (and extra laughs) that you can!*My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    Book two in the series and it was fun enough, but not mind-blowing. The focus was on the last girl's crazy cousin with rainbow hair. I approve heartily. I have unicorn hair myself and get comments everywhere I go. I also have a little bit of the crazy going on too. Her family's reaction when she wants to get a gun to scare off a vandal: "No," Bob said, shaking his head.Duffy added, "No, no. No guns. We will not arm you. No one wins in a situation where you are armed.""Sorry, honey, the whole fam Book two in the series and it was fun enough, but not mind-blowing. The focus was on the last girl's crazy cousin with rainbow hair. I approve heartily. I have unicorn hair myself and get comments everywhere I go. I also have a little bit of the crazy going on too. Her family's reaction when she wants to get a gun to scare off a vandal: "No," Bob said, shaking his head.Duffy added, "No, no. No guns. We will not arm you. No one wins in a situation where you are armed.""Sorry, honey, the whole family voted and agreed that you don't get a gun." Killjoys!I feel her pain, but I also live in Texas. Everyone's armed. Everyone.There's a reason these jokes exist. I just don't want to be left out. Our girl is named Frankie and she's a goth coroner. She's also quirky. I don't know, but a quirky goth coroner is a little on-the-nose for me. I would rather have a quirky, goth librarian, but okay. Her love interest is the new sheriff in town. They had previously met and had a one-night stand and he's a little bit angry that she didn't want to stay for pancakes the next morning, so he can be pretty prickly. Her relationship with Eric had suffered several episodes of tragic dickheadery in the short time she'd known him. And, that sentence alone is why I love the writing of Molly Harper. She always writes in ways that I can relate to. She uses the words that I think, like "dickheadery". It's like reading a book written by my snarky bestie, and I love that.The only thing lacking in this story was a little bit of excitement. In general, I felt like their romance was just "fine" and the conflict in the story was just "okay". It needed either something bigger in at least one of those areas, or, crazier antics going on. So, even though I enjoyed the writing, I just wished for more umph, ya know?
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Such a humorous read! Love this one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Frankie is a wild child and in this new book she is the star of the show. Well, along with newly appointed Sheriff Eric, a real hot number.Frankie is also a mortician, of sorts, and the county coroner AND has an eclectic lifestyle. Which makes any relationship, or non-relationship, difficult, shall we say.But she’s not the only one who has a crazy lifestyle. Many of her family members seem just a wee bit off. But that what is what m Such a humorous read! Love this one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Frankie is a wild child and in this new book she is the star of the show. Well, along with newly appointed Sheriff Eric, a real hot number.Frankie is also a mortician, of sorts, and the county coroner AND has an eclectic lifestyle. Which makes any relationship, or non-relationship, difficult, shall we say.But she’s not the only one who has a crazy lifestyle. Many of her family members seem just a wee bit off. But that what is what makes the story so unique, humorous, and downright enjoyable.If you want to have fun while enjoying a good book, just pick up a Molly Harper read. There’s a reason why she’s a best-selling author. And there’s a reason why you can get addicted to her stories with just a few turns of the page.Witty, snarky, and a whole lot of Southern comfort is wrapped up in this sweet read. Not to be missed!Full Review - http://amidlifewife.com/aint-she-a-pe...* copy received for review consideration
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    When Eric took the job as Lake Sackett's interim sheriff he expected things to be a little quieter. He didn't count on Frankie, Lake Sackett's coroner and funeral director, and he didn't count on small town politics. But with Frankie on his case to hunt down and arrest the local delinquent teen who has been waging a war on mortuary for years he quickly realises his quiet life was not to be. The Southern Eclectic series isn't easy to describe. It's closer to Women's Fiction than Romance but with When Eric took the job as Lake Sackett's interim sheriff he expected things to be a little quieter. He didn't count on Frankie, Lake Sackett's coroner and funeral director, and he didn't count on small town politics. But with Frankie on his case to hunt down and arrest the local delinquent teen who has been waging a war on mortuary for years he quickly realises his quiet life was not to be. The Southern Eclectic series isn't easy to describe. It's closer to Women's Fiction than Romance but with a healthy dose of Molly Harper's trademark snark. It's good fun and close to g-rated. An entertaining and easy read.Many thanks to Edelweiss and Gallery Books for providing me with this review copy
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I dare to leave my safe place of crime and thriller novels and venture into the world of feel-good and romance. I actually do it gladly if the book's setting is in the American South. I just love small town stories, where everyone knows everyone and they drink sweet tea. I was sold when AIN'T SHE A PEACH was available to read and I read the blurb about a former Atlanta cop who moves to Lake Sackett, Georgia and falls for Frankie McCready, the cute coroner who talks to the dead. She is Sometimes I dare to leave my safe place of crime and thriller novels and venture into the world of feel-good and romance. I actually do it gladly if the book's setting is in the American South. I just love small town stories, where everyone knows everyone and they drink sweet tea. I was sold when AIN'T SHE A PEACH was available to read and I read the blurb about a former Atlanta cop who moves to Lake Sackett, Georgia and falls for Frankie McCready, the cute coroner who talks to the dead. She is just polite, they don't answer back or anything.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Last year Sweet Tea and Sympathy was one of my favorite reads, it had all of the elements I need in fun women’s fiction so I’ve been dying to read the second book in Harper’s Southern Eclectic series for months. The wait was well worth it, the second installment was just as witty and charming as the first and I really hope Harper continues to write about the kooky residents of Lake Sackett for a long time.One of my favorite things about this series is the fun cast of characters and when I saw th Last year Sweet Tea and Sympathy was one of my favorite reads, it had all of the elements I need in fun women’s fiction so I’ve been dying to read the second book in Harper’s Southern Eclectic series for months. The wait was well worth it, the second installment was just as witty and charming as the first and I really hope Harper continues to write about the kooky residents of Lake Sackett for a long time.One of my favorite things about this series is the fun cast of characters and when I saw that this book would focus on Frankie I was delighted. She’s a quirky chick who doesn’t take crap from anyone and she’s also sarcastic, but charming when needed, a combination that always works well for me. Her budding relationship with Eric was not only adorable, it wasn’t formulaic or predictable. You also get to catch up with the characters from the first book and seeing what Margot was up to was just delightful.This was a strong follow up to a hilarious series, the ultimate pick me up that I read at just the right time. You can’t read this without smiling, it’s got sassy southern charm by the bucketful and a little romance that will make you swoon, what more could a girl want?!Ain’t She a Peach in three words: Humorous, Sassy, and Cheeky.
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    This book series is such fun! I have so enjoyed reading this series and getting to know the whole McCready gang along with the inhabitants of Lake Sackett.This addition focuses mostly on the coroner and embalmer Frankie McCready. Having survived a bout of cancer when younger she has been mostly sheltered by her parents and never ventured out on her own or had a real relationship. That seems about to change when her one night stand and the new sheriff, Eric, comes to town. But something is odd wi This book series is such fun! I have so enjoyed reading this series and getting to know the whole McCready gang along with the inhabitants of Lake Sackett.This addition focuses mostly on the coroner and embalmer Frankie McCready. Having survived a bout of cancer when younger she has been mostly sheltered by her parents and never ventured out on her own or had a real relationship. That seems about to change when her one night stand and the new sheriff, Eric, comes to town. But something is odd with him and of course Frankie and her family can't just leave well enough alone. Not to mention someone keeps breaking into the funeral home and Frankie is bound and determined to find out who is behind it and put a stop to it.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Jacob Proffitt
    January 1, 1970
    This is second in a series and that shows, I think. A lot of the family dynamics are laid out in better detail with the first book. Worse, though, is that this is functionally the second part of a story started in Peachy Flippin' Keen and I think that each separately they leave a lot to be desired. I have no idea why the story was split this way and I kind of resent it.This is not up to the Molly Harper standard. I really liked Frankie as a character in the first book and was looking forward to This is second in a series and that shows, I think. A lot of the family dynamics are laid out in better detail with the first book. Worse, though, is that this is functionally the second part of a story started in Peachy Flippin' Keen and I think that each separately they leave a lot to be desired. I have no idea why the story was split this way and I kind of resent it.This is not up to the Molly Harper standard. I really liked Frankie as a character in the first book and was looking forward to getting to know her better and see what life was like from her perspective. Sadly, it doesn't seem like she's much more than surface when all is said. And I don't mean that Harper gave a surface characterization because that's not it. It's just that Frankie only has a surface maturity and there isn't a lot of depth to her personality beyond her job.And Eric is only a little better but he, too, has a lot of growing to do before he can make a credible romantic partner. Which is too bad because with as shallow as Frankie turned out to be the story really needed something stronger to anchor it.So this ends up being enjoyable enough that I don't regret reading it and I'm enough of a Harper fan that I'm willing to give any/all of them a shot and that will continue to be the case. In other words, I'm disappointed that this wasn't better, but not disillusioned because it wasn't actually bad.A note about Steamy: We get a single explicit sex scene and the narrative pulls back really quick so this is on the lowest of low ends of my steam tolerance. Which makes it yet another aspect of the story that was a bit lightweight.
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  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED the first book in this series titled, "Sweet Tea and Sympathy", so I went into this one somewhat critically thinking, 'it's going to be good but can't be as good'. Some would call that pessimistic but I'd rather go into it with low expectations and be surprised, you know? Luckily, I love this one as well! In fact, I may have loved it equally to the first installment, if not more. Everything about this series speaks to my soul. It's Southern, it's humorous, it's realistic, and it's relata I LOVED the first book in this series titled, "Sweet Tea and Sympathy", so I went into this one somewhat critically thinking, 'it's going to be good but can't be as good'. Some would call that pessimistic but I'd rather go into it with low expectations and be surprised, you know? Luckily, I love this one as well! In fact, I may have loved it equally to the first installment, if not more. Everything about this series speaks to my soul. It's Southern, it's humorous, it's realistic, and it's relatable. Seriously, Frankie's story is so similar to my own that it's quite eerie. I definitely would recommend this one. My Mom even read this before me and she loved it as well. It's a quick, enjoyable read that is perfect for the summer but could also be read year round. I'm really hoping for more in this series and wonder who could be the next main character. My Mom suspects Duffy but I don't know. I certainly will be reading more from Molly Harper in the future, whether it be a continuation of this series or beyond that.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I liked Frankie in the previous book I read in this series and was eager to see her get her story. Frankie is fun. She’s snarky and sarcastic and I love all of her fandom things. She’s super loyal and yet yearning to break out on her own. Eric is a good man and has strong convictions. And of course there’s loads of family members Plot wise it was just okay. This book didn’t seem to focus on the relationship of Frankie and Eric as much as it presented a slice of time and in some scenes, it felt l I liked Frankie in the previous book I read in this series and was eager to see her get her story. Frankie is fun. She’s snarky and sarcastic and I love all of her fandom things. She’s super loyal and yet yearning to break out on her own. Eric is a good man and has strong convictions. And of course there’s loads of family members Plot wise it was just okay. This book didn’t seem to focus on the relationship of Frankie and Eric as much as it presented a slice of time and in some scenes, it felt like I was missing something I was expected to know. I didn’t see any of the chemistry between them and would have liked to see more conversation. Overall, it was a quick read with a fairly satisfying ending. I’m not sure if I’ll be reading any more books in this series. **Huge thanks to Gallery Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars: A quick, simple, fun read for when you need something light and hilarious. Frankie likes her life for the most part. She is the county coroner in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. Her big problem is that at twenty eight years old, she is still treated like a child by her overprotective parents due to a bout of cancer when she was young. So when Frankie wants a good time, she heads to Atlanta. Then one day her good time lands right in her lap when she comes face to Three and a half stars: A quick, simple, fun read for when you need something light and hilarious. Frankie likes her life for the most part. She is the county coroner in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. Her big problem is that at twenty eight years old, she is still treated like a child by her overprotective parents due to a bout of cancer when she was young. So when Frankie wants a good time, she heads to Atlanta. Then one day her good time lands right in her lap when she comes face to face with her former one night stand, Sheriff Eric Linden. Eric is now the sheriff of Lake Sackett. Even worse, as the coroner, Frankie must work with Eric on a regular basis. What is a girl to do?What I Liked:*Molly Harper is known for her humorous books that are meant to entertain. I love that you can pick up one of her books and giggle your way through. No over the top drama or angst, just down home fun.*I love that this book is all about the family. The eclectic McCready family was first introduced in Sweet Tea and Sympathy. This latest novel delivers another heaping dose of this hilarious family. I love how quirky and funny they are. How can you not enjoy a family whose business is fishing and funerals, working out of the same building? This family is a bushel of laughs, and better yet, they all love each other and look after one another. *Gotta love a small town setting, and Lack Sackett delivers. Yes, there are plenty of busy bodies and gossipers and of course, small town drama, but that is what makes it fun. It was easy to immerse right back into this sleepy little town. *Frankie is a hoot. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the first book in this series, mostly because I wasn’t able to connect with Margot, the main character. Margot was way to uptight. Frankie on the other hand is the complete opposite. She dresses in outrageous goth clothes, dyes her hair bright colors and talks to the dead. She is full of sass and spunk. Loved her. *The romance is simple and sweet. It starts out rocky when the one night stand comes back to bite Frankie in the butt. Over time, a friendship forms and then it roots and unfurls into something else. It was light, easy and without drama and angst. *The other conflict involving a teenage culprit trying to vandalize the funeral home was entertaining as well. I liked when the vandal got what was coming to him. Snicker. And The Not So Much:*Going into this one, I was lost as events that happened such as the one night stand had already occurred. I found out there was a short novella that covered what happened. I went back and read the novella: Peachy Flipping Keen, to catch up on what I missed. The novella was only seventy two pages and it was unnecessary. There was overlap and repetition in both this book and the novella. The novella should have been done away with as it was a waste of time, other than to grasp the one night stand details. *I didn’t like that certain things kept getting glossed over. I was especially frustrated when Margot’s big situation wasn’t explored on scene. There was all this buildup and then the reader didn’t get to witness her telling Kyle and her dad. Big miss.*I enjoyed the whole thing with the teen vandal, but it was a little over the top and unrealistic. Ain’t She a Peach was one of those novels that didn’t completely wow me, but I must admit, I had a great time with the characters. This is one of those novels you pick up when you want something quick, fun and light. There ins’t much to this, which makes it perfect for when you need a palate cleanser or a pick me up. This one has a great cast of characters and it is full of laughs. I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this [email protected] Day Ramblings.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Ain't She a Peach is a lighthearted story that takes readers back to the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. We return to McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop (how's that for convenient one stop shopping?) and follow the story of Frankie, the 28 year old goth/nerd/Southern girl who works as the funeral home embalmer and county coroner. Frankie is trying her best to be an adult in a close knit family (read: everyone's up in each other's business) while still living at home with her parents Ain't She a Peach is a lighthearted story that takes readers back to the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. We return to McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop (how's that for convenient one stop shopping?) and follow the story of Frankie, the 28 year old goth/nerd/Southern girl who works as the funeral home embalmer and county coroner. Frankie is trying her best to be an adult in a close knit family (read: everyone's up in each other's business) while still living at home with her parents, keeping an eye on her arch nemesis (a teenage boy set on breaking into the funeral home on Halloween), and figuring out her attraction to new sheriff Eric Linden.Those who loved the first book in the series will love to see Margot's story continue alongside Frankie's. Filled with southern charm, funny one-liners, and a cute romance this second installment in Harper's Southern Eclectic series is another cozy read.Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed the time I've spent in the Southern Eclectic series getting to know the McCready family and following along as they sort out love, life, and family in their small southern lakeside town so I was glad to get Frankie's story.Ain't She a Peach is book two of the series and could work as a standalone in a pinch if the reader doesn't mind references to two of the cousins already getting their stories and getting a little follow up in the background of Frankie's story. Ain't She a Peach i I've enjoyed the time I've spent in the Southern Eclectic series getting to know the McCready family and following along as they sort out love, life, and family in their small southern lakeside town so I was glad to get Frankie's story.Ain't She a Peach is book two of the series and could work as a standalone in a pinch if the reader doesn't mind references to two of the cousins already getting their stories and getting a little follow up in the background of Frankie's story. Ain't She a Peach is also preceded by Peachy Freakin' Keen which is a shorter novella introducing Franky and the good sheriff who start off on an acrimonious foot and it continues into this book.It's fall and Lake Sackett is winding up on the tourist trade and focusing on the Trunk or Treat, Sheriff's election, and small town gossip. Frankie McCready is losing her focus as she juggles the age-old problem of convincing her parents she's a twenty-eight year old who wants to move out and do some adulting. She also is recently discovering some wistfulness when around her cousins who are all starting to settle down in solid relationships and raise families which is odd since she holds fast to her 'hit it and quit it' program and keeps telling herself that she doesn't want all that other stuff and its not for her. Kinda tough though when she can't go anywhere without bumping into the hottie interim sheriff who is not beguiled by her beguiling ways. In the meantime, she has to contact the sheriff and get him involved in the personal vendetta she has with a local teen who antagonizes her and constantly tries to sabotage or break into the family mortuary.So, I liked it and it was a easy-going, fun read, but... I didn't love it. I have ambivalent feelings about Frankie and the romance with Eric. If I treat this like a crossover women's fiction then the romance isn't so problematic because the focus is on Frankie figuring things out about herself, but if I read it as contemporary romance then I needed a bit of something more. The broader focus on Frankie's family and life in the town, small town antics, adorable rescue dogs, PTA meetings, and more was my favorite part of the book. I love the emphasis on small town and family particularly this family who run a funeral home and bait shop out of the same property and most of the family live in cabins on the property.In the earlier novella, I ended it with a wait and see attitude when it came to Frankie. She struck me as full of herself, but in the end, she was starting to suspect that she might be pampered by her family as a result of surviving childhood leukemia and she had bought into this herself in her words and actions. The sheriff, Eric Linden, confronted her about it when she willfully did an end around him when he was just doing his job with due diligence and her cousins told her that he had a point. But, much of this book goes by with no change. She puts Eric in a hard place a few times with his job and had some immature moments. I don't mean to say that she's mean or can't be kind and loving because she is. It's sweet how she cares for the dead to make them look good and talks to them, determined to do the best for the grieving families.She's content to let her parents spoil her even while complaining about it and doing nothing to change this so she doesn't hurt their feelings. It's funny, but also a little weird. Eric challenges her, but unfortunately he has his own issues so she can ignore her issues to point out his. She is still fighting her attraction or the possibility of a regular dating relationship late in the book. So, yes, I was on the fence about her though she does manage to work things through by the end.This is funny in ways- and its meant to be as they banter back and forth and comedic things happen when they're together, her family does crazy stuff, and the Trunk or Treat event takes on a nightmare life of its own. So, all in all, I had a good time with the book. It's light and laugh out loud funny in spots. Frankie took a while to figure things out, but she does eventually get there. It ends on a happy for now and I suspect that it will be like the earlier stories that carry on in the background of the next book. Even though this won't be my favorite, I loved quite a bit about the book and hope the series continues. Those looking for some heartwarming family, small town antics, humor, and lightly spiced romantic comedy should give this series a go.I rec'd this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jane Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars for the series. A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.This review is for all four books.I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romant 4 ½ stars for the series. A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.This review is for all four books.I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romantic relationship in each book, but there is more of an emphasis on the town and things happening to various characters than on romance. I liked the way this was done.You can read each book as a stand-alone except for Book 1.5. That book is the beginning of Book 2. You will be unhappy if you read 1.5 without continuing on to 2. But you can read Book 2 without 1.5. In the first three books there were no sex scene details, but maybe a few references to “staying the night.” The fourth book had two sex scenes, briefly described, no body parts named.Book #0.5 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - 3 starsnovella, 136 pagesCarl the auto mechanic and Marianne who recently graduated college with plans to go to law school. Nice story but I wanted more relationship development.Book #1 Sweet Tea and Sympathy - 4 ½ stars307 pagesMargot lost her job as an event planner in Chicago. She comes to Lake Sackett for a while at the request of relatives. She meets her biological father Stan and Kyle the elementary school principal.Book #1.5 Peachy Flippin’ Keen - 3 starsnovella 75 pagesFrankie the female coroner and funeral home director meets Eric the new sheriff, formerly a cop in Atlanta. Someone has been playing mean pranks and vandalizing the family business - funeral home and bait shop. When I read this I was angry at the way the story stopped. But I soon learned this is the first chapter for the next book #2. So plan to read them together.Book #2 Ain’t She a Peach - 4 ½ stars304 pagesContinuation of the story about Frankie, Eric, and the vandalizing of the funeral home - and other things going on in town.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Amanda Ronconi narrated all four of these, and she did a fine job. I think she changed the way she does voices, since she was not good in a couple other books that I listened to.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. I think the f word was used once. Sexual content: mild. Setting: current day Lake Sackett, Georgia. Copyright: 2017 and 2018. Genre: womens fiction with romance.
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    ➳Family ties, family recognition, drama here, drama there... And I still was able to tolerate it... ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books, in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Gallery Books for this free review copy!*Dare I say that I loved this book just as much or even MORE than the first one in this series? SWEET TEA & SYMPATHY was such a fun read, and this next one in the Southern Eclectic series picks right up where that one left off in the little Georgia town of Lake Sackett with the decidedly eccentric McCready family. This time with Frankie, the 20-something town's coroner and embalmer as the main character. Okay, now when I say the family is ecc Thanks to Gallery Books for this free review copy!*Dare I say that I loved this book just as much or even MORE than the first one in this series? SWEET TEA & SYMPATHY was such a fun read, and this next one in the Southern Eclectic series picks right up where that one left off in the little Georgia town of Lake Sackett with the decidedly eccentric McCready family. This time with Frankie, the 20-something town's coroner and embalmer as the main character. Okay, now when I say the family is eccentric, I mean, really eccentric. Like, they own a bait shop connected to a funeral home eccentric! I adore the exaggerated, down-home, Southern sassiness of these books and would be oh so happy to have Frankie be the one taking care of any of my dearly departed family members, that's for sure! Oh, and there's a h-o-t romance between Frankie and the town's new sheriff.......only a 3 on my steam factor, but definitely lots of romantic tension!*This can definitely be read as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading SWEET TEA first so you don't miss out on that fun! *AND, I just discovered that there are also 2 novellas as well ~ SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK (technically first in this series) and PEACHY FLIPPIN' KEEN (comes chronologically between SWEET TEA & AIN'T SHE A PEACH). These appear to only be available digitally, so I just bought them for my Kindle - only $1.99 each!
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  • Saly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFirst off I really like Molly Harper books. I find her voice very different and her characters and setup eclectic to say the least. Before going into this book I knew it would be different because we had met Frankie in the previous book and she wasn't like the usual heroines. She works in her family's funeral home and embalms the dead bodies and speaks to them. Her parents like to cosset her because of her being sick as a child and she lets them even if it chafes her. She does like men 3.5 starsFirst off I really like Molly Harper books. I find her voice very different and her characters and setup eclectic to say the least. Before going into this book I knew it would be different because we had met Frankie in the previous book and she wasn't like the usual heroines. She works in her family's funeral home and embalms the dead bodies and speaks to them. Her parents like to cosset her because of her being sick as a child and she lets them even if it chafes her. She does like men and likes to let loose and go out of town and pick them up! The hero we learn, the new Sheriff was one of her pick-ups an he is not happy about her hit & run! There is a lot of family in the book, Frankie's cousins and extended family and that really gave it a nice small-town feel.Now this book isn't too heavy on the romance atleast not the hearts & flowers kind. The heroine has a teenage tormentor; the hero had a zombie past (the reason he left the city to work in a small-town)! Seriously the book was hilarious and as the series title says eclectic!ARC provided by publisher through Edelweiss
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    The little novella that came out before this had me all intrigued about Eric and Frankie's story. Eric is not bashful at all, and he knows how to render his woman speechless, "...as he scrambled toward the ladder and leaped out of the water. Her laughter died on her lips as full-frontal Eric came into view..." Eric is willing to try anything to have his woman get frisky with him, “and maybe later, you can try on some of those costume options for me.” I liked this book, I loved Eric and Frankie t The little novella that came out before this had me all intrigued about Eric and Frankie's story. Eric is not bashful at all, and he knows how to render his woman speechless, "...as he scrambled toward the ladder and leaped out of the water. Her laughter died on her lips as full-frontal Eric came into view..." Eric is willing to try anything to have his woman get frisky with him, “and maybe later, you can try on some of those costume options for me.” I liked this book, I loved Eric and Frankie they tested each other's patience like you wouldn't believe.
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  • Leigh Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Sweet Tea & Sympathy and would still recommend you read that. Alas, I wanted so much more from Frankie’s story.Frankie was one of my favorite side characters in Sweet Tea and I was really looking forward to learning more about what made her tick, as well as getting the behind the scenes of her work as a coroner. I didn’t fully understand Frankie’s codependent relationship with her parents, although I could understand how it started. But it still seemed bizarre that she not o I really enjoyed Sweet Tea & Sympathy and would still recommend you read that. Alas, I wanted so much more from Frankie’s story.Frankie was one of my favorite side characters in Sweet Tea and I was really looking forward to learning more about what made her tick, as well as getting the behind the scenes of her work as a coroner. I didn’t fully understand Frankie’s codependent relationship with her parents, although I could understand how it started. But it still seemed bizarre that she not only lived at home at age 28 but her parents tracked her whereabouts through her cell phone, cooked for her and monitored her junk food intake, and generally babied her. And no one else in the extended family called them out for this! I was glad she wanted to get her own place but it really bothered me how long it took her to take even one small step toward freedom. I mean, she’s such a badass and she was not acting like it when it came to her family.This was pretty much the pattern for my reading experience. It was fun to read but it kept veering into Over The Top territory and the characters kept doing and saying things that just didn’t make sense. I also couldn’t understand why the town viewed Frankie as a freak. Is that really how they would treat a coroner or was it because she was a female coroner? The funeral home is such a fascinating setting and I didn’t buy that the whole town would be creeped out by its steady presence. Now it’s possible this is just how small towns can be but the Over The Topness of it all started to get to me. The characters stopped feeling like people and were more like caricatures. But more than that, there was barely a love story in here for this being a romance novel. Eric was a fascinating character. I loved how he and Frankie sparred with one another and I loved getting to hear more of his backstory. I wanted so much more of this. By the time they got together at all, the book was almost over and that was before the major conflict, which was then wrapped up way too quickly. This one just didn’t work for me. But I’ll still read the next book in the series because there’s such promise here.Disclosure: I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comMolly Harper is back in all her snarky glory with Ain’t She a Peach, her second laugh-out-loud full-length book in the Southern Eclectic series. With a quirky kickass heroine who happens to be a mortician, and a likable but buttoned up sheriff for a hero, how could this story be anything but fun, yeah?I’m really loving this new series. Talk about a blast to read! The offbeat characters, the Scooby-Doo type plots, and in this case, Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comMolly Harper is back in all her snarky glory with Ain’t She a Peach, her second laugh-out-loud full-length book in the Southern Eclectic series. With a quirky kickass heroine who happens to be a mortician, and a likable but buttoned up sheriff for a hero, how could this story be anything but fun, yeah?I’m really loving this new series. Talk about a blast to read! The offbeat characters, the Scooby-Doo type plots, and in this case, the hero and heroine who didn’t want to like each other but who had crazy undeniable chemistry. It all added up to a great time. The way Harper wrote this, it can stand on its own, however, to get the full McCready family effect, you might want to read the series from the start. Read More
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  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*  This book is part of the Southern Eclectic Series but can read as a standalone. But it helps to have read at least book one to get to know the family and town. I enjoyed book one in the series but at first was a bit overwhelmed with so many people in the family , plus the small town folks, but that was not the case for this book anymore since I knew most of them by now. I really like that these book *I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*  This book is part of the Southern Eclectic Series but can read as a standalone. But it helps to have read at least book one to get to know the family and town. I enjoyed book one in the series but at first was a bit overwhelmed with so many people in the family , plus the small town folks, but that was not the case for this book anymore since I knew most of them by now. I really like that these books are not just about the main couple in this case Frankie and Eric but just as much the family and town dynamic. Frankie and Eric are fun and easy to follow as they struggle to not be attracted to each other. Frankie more so than Eric. Both characters were enjoyable for the most part. There were a few times Frankie was a bit annoying and a bit much but that was just her character. The same when it came to her parents they were a bit too overprotective when it came to her and went a bit too far at times, but that was also at the same time funny to read. The romance was fairly light but so much fun to read the sweet and tender moments between them. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I kind of hoping we getting a book for Duffy next, I think he also deserves his HEA. I rate it 4 ★  
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  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just what the doctor order. A cute romance story. I will say the novella promised more than this book delivered, but I still enjoyed it.I thought the heavier topics were glossed over. If Frankie had gone through chemo, it’s very unlikely she’s fertile and can have children of her own. That wasn’t brought up. In fact, it was suggested that her fertility wouldn’t be an issue. That took me out of the story.I also thought her family and the sheriff downplayed Jared’s action making it se This book is just what the doctor order. A cute romance story. I will say the novella promised more than this book delivered, but I still enjoyed it.I thought the heavier topics were glossed over. If Frankie had gone through chemo, it’s very unlikely she’s fertile and can have children of her own. That wasn’t brought up. In fact, it was suggested that her fertility wouldn’t be an issue. That took me out of the story.I also thought her family and the sheriff downplayed Jared’s action making it seem like she was a part of the problem and I didn’t see that. I thought she was made more of a bad person than she really was.Anyway, again a cute story. Not as many lol moments as I hoped, but cute.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute. Like seriously cute. Not as much romance as I thought there would be but the characters totally made up for that. It was hilarious and adorable and I really need to read more by this author now.
  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC received for an honest review***Frankie, her small town's mortician, is unique, mouthy and babied by her entire family. She also has history with the new sheriff in town - Eric. Eric is a little overwhelmed by the entire town and Frankie in particular. The two of them dance around one another - and Frankie makes some very Frankie-centered decisions. She was lovable and wonderful - and the end really brought her home to me. Molly Harper effervesces. Funny, charming, larger-than-life southe ***ARC received for an honest review***Frankie, her small town's mortician, is unique, mouthy and babied by her entire family. She also has history with the new sheriff in town - Eric. Eric is a little overwhelmed by the entire town and Frankie in particular. The two of them dance around one another - and Frankie makes some very Frankie-centered decisions. She was lovable and wonderful - and the end really brought her home to me. Molly Harper effervesces. Funny, charming, larger-than-life southern characters who capture the reader without overwhelming them. I'm not sure that I want to read Harper back to back to back. But she is the perfect sorbet to clean my pallet between heavy, tense reads. I found myself smiling for 90% of this read, and I look forward to the next one in the series.
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  • Cat C
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review.This book is just as hilarious as SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY, the first full-length book in this series. You don't necessarily need to have read the first one, since there is sufficient exposition, but Margot, the heroine of the previous book, does feature as a secondary character, so if you loved her story you get to see it continue.Frankie is a complicated character, sometimes easy to root for, sometimes difficult I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review.This book is just as hilarious as SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY, the first full-length book in this series. You don't necessarily need to have read the first one, since there is sufficient exposition, but Margot, the heroine of the previous book, does feature as a secondary character, so if you loved her story you get to see it continue.Frankie is a complicated character, sometimes easy to root for, sometimes difficult to. It's interesting to come across a heroine who works so closely with death (she's a mortician) without it being used for a gruesome or creepy element. Fans of "difficult heroines" will enjoy her multifaceted character development. The hero has much less of a journey to go through, giving this a women's fiction slant, but I'd still say the romantic elements are much more prominently than in SWEET TEA.I found the description a little misleading as it's not so much of a mystery as it is a conflict. The whodunit is much less thorny than catching the person. This was by far my least favorite part of the story because it's uncomfortable, and this is definitely the element where the heroine's actions are not always admirable.But besides that, as I said, this book is utterly hilarious, and it's a delight to read. Too bad it's coming out in June, as there aren't lots of plot elements revolving around Halloween that make it almost a holiday read!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I was so happy to get an advance copy of this book, I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I have enjoyed a lot of her other titles! Frankie McCready works at her family's funeral home, and she talks to dead people. Well, its only polite, after all. Frankie is a bit of a free spirit with colorful hair and clothes, but it is actually a smoke screen. A survivor of a childhood cancer, Frankie struggles with hypochondria and uses her colorful style as a distraction. Eric Linden the inter I was so happy to get an advance copy of this book, I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I have enjoyed a lot of her other titles! Frankie McCready works at her family's funeral home, and she talks to dead people. Well, its only polite, after all. Frankie is a bit of a free spirit with colorful hair and clothes, but it is actually a smoke screen. A survivor of a childhood cancer, Frankie struggles with hypochondria and uses her colorful style as a distraction. Eric Linden the interim Sheriff , is a newcomer to Lake Sakett, but has a bit of a past with Frankie. This was so much fun, I hated to stop reading. I love the characters, the McCrady family and all of the people who live in Lake Sackett. They're all in each other's live and business. Add in some cute pets and someone trying to break into the funeral home and you have the recipe for a really great read.
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 4/5 STARS I received a copy from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for a honest review.Ain't She a Peach is the second book in the Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper and after reading the first small town story, Sweet Tea & Sympathy, featuring an abundance of wacky characters that require an actual character map for readers to keep track of, I knew I had to read the second one. Ain't She a Peach follows our favourite punk cousin, Frankie, who just so happens to be the town' MY RATING: 4/5 STARS I received a copy from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for a honest review.Ain't She a Peach is the second book in the Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper and after reading the first small town story, Sweet Tea & Sympathy, featuring an abundance of wacky characters that require an actual character map for readers to keep track of, I knew I had to read the second one. Ain't She a Peach follows our favourite punk cousin, Frankie, who just so happens to be the town's embalmer. She had brightly dyed highlights of colours featuring blue and purple, wears platform shoes, and cute clothes that don't scream sophistication but more of punk rock variety. Frankie was quirky cool, polar opposite to our heroine from the first novel, Margot. When her one-night stand comes back to town as the newly appointed Sheriff, Frankie's not pleased at all.But heck, the town is small.Of course, romance would happen.Not to shy away from reviewing the romance in the novel, I just wanted to point out that this book was never advertised as romance romance. It was more of a women's fiction novel or a contemporary story that was light to read but with some deeper rooted issues. Frankie was a survivor of childhood leukemia. The only daughter to a couple of who wanted a whole litter of children, she had been taken care of and babied ever since she popped into the world. When the devastating news hit that she might not survive past her teenage years, her parents went full protection mode. Even when she was given the all-clear that she was cancer free and most likely will not see cancer in her future, she herself deals with inner problems. Frankie worried over every pain in her joints, limbs, body parts etc. and thought it could be cancer. Constantly living in the fear that her years were limited, she decided to do whatever the heck she wanted. Even if it meant, dying her hair, being the town outcast, yelling at a no good teenager, or not being able to commit to anyone long and allowing herself to fall in love.Our hero on the other hand, Eric, a dependable and no nonsense manly man, just wants to be accepted in the community. He was an outsider who just wanted the cook at the town's only diner to not always give him the stink eye every time he walked in and you know, ordered food to eat. Eric was just perfect in every way. He was good at his job. He followed the rules, not falling for bias. And he was a good guy overall who wanted to do his job well. Anyways, I'm not going to spoil the drama that unfolded but Eric and Frankie had a very heated argument that stung me! Yes, me! The reader. I felt bad for both of them for things that were said and I'm still wincing when I think about it. MY RECOMMENDATION: This book isn't romance or at least not as romantic as I wanted it to be. If you're looking for something with more heat or passion, then this isn't for you. This book is perfect for a lazy afternoon on the weekend where you just want to hang out with a bunch of characters who get into crazy messes and a subplot featuring mystery and intrigue. Overall, entertaining and sweet. Just like peaches.
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  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at SmexyBooks-http://smexybooks.com/2018/06/thursda...Frankie McCready, the town coroner, and local embalmer is not pleased her one-night stand has relocated to Lake Sackett and has been hired on as the local interim sheriff. With her teen nemesis causing mayhem and destruction with his pranks, his parents threatening her job, and her parents’ overly smothering love, Frankie has enough to deal with without being shadowed by an overzealous cop trying to prove a point.Eric Lindon Originally posted at SmexyBooks-http://smexybooks.com/2018/06/thursda...Frankie McCready, the town coroner, and local embalmer is not pleased her one-night stand has relocated to Lake Sackett and has been hired on as the local interim sheriff. With her teen nemesis causing mayhem and destruction with his pranks, his parents threatening her job, and her parents’ overly smothering love, Frankie has enough to deal with without being shadowed by an overzealous cop trying to prove a point.Eric Lindon left the Atlanta PD for Lake Sackett due to an “incident” involving a Segway and zombies (don’t ask). He was not impressed by Frankie’s houdini act after they spent the night together and is even less impressed by her now. The town’s laid-back attitude leaves a lot to be desired but Eric finds it growing on him…if he could just get Frankie off his mind.I love Molly Harper’s writing. Zany humor, eclectic characters, outrageous storylines, and pure southern charm light up the pages as Harper revisits her fictional town of Lake Sackett, GA, picking up the storyline from Peachy Keen. As always, the family is the base on which love and laughter rest. This quick read doesn’t disappoint with its hilarious narrative and smooth flowing storyline. Harper hits the nail on the head as she talks on the idiosyncrasies of small-towns, multi-generational families living and working together, and the power of love. The slow-burning romance works best with this couple as Frankie and Eric must work through their own issues before they can truly accept and act on their attraction. Of course, no Molly Harper book is complete without the usual cast of supporting characters whose own crazy antics will leave you in tears as they offer advice, shoulders to cry on, escape plans, and dogs to adopt. I adored Frankie’s parents, especially her father. Understandable in their overly protective ways, I liked how Frankie gently cut the apron strings. The ending was a tad far-fetched, but it all worked out perfectly in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed Frankie and Eric’s story and can’t wait to read book three. I am crossing my fingers it will be Duffy’s story.Grade: B
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Frankie is just a peach. Even though this is set in the fall, it's lighthearted and summer and totally fun.
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