Small Town Rumors
From New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a funny heartache of a novel about overcoming the past, confronting the future, and defying all expectations. Everyone is talking about Jennie Sue Baker and the mess she made of her life in New York. The former high school queen bee—and wealthy darling of Bloom, Texas—has returned home after all these years, riding on a common bus and bearing two bounced alimony checks. In a town that thrives on gossip, Jennie’s fall from grace has shamed her mother, set the town buzzing, and caused old, jealous enemies to whisper in delight. They say she’s taken a job as a housekeeper, gotten a garage apartment, and might be crushing on Rick Lawson, a simple farmer with modest dreams.As romance starts to bud, Jennie relishes what it means to follow her heart, find real new friends, and finally be herself—regardless of all the lying town chatter. But fate has another twist in store. Rumor has it that Jennie now stands to lose what matters most…unless she can convince Rick of one true thing—and that’s love.

Small Town Rumors Details

TitleSmall Town Rumors
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Audiobook, Contemporary Romance, American, Southern, Humor, Family

Small Town Rumors Review

  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSMALL TOWN RUMORS by Carolyn Brown is a contemporary romance perfect for a summer read in the shade of a big old tree with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. It is a sweet romance with wonderful characters and a small town setting. This was my first book from this author, but it will definitely not be my last. Jennie Sue Baker has returned to Bloom, Texas. The minute she steps off the bus, the local café is buzzing with rumors about Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSMALL TOWN RUMORS by Carolyn Brown is a contemporary romance perfect for a summer read in the shade of a big old tree with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. It is a sweet romance with wonderful characters and a small town setting. This was my first book from this author, but it will definitely not be my last. Jennie Sue Baker has returned to Bloom, Texas. The minute she steps off the bus, the local café is buzzing with rumors about her return. Jennie Sue was raised to be a society belle and trophy wife, like her mother, but her marriage falls apart. Her mother goes into damage control and wants to get Jennie Sue back on track for another husband, but Jennie Sue has changed and has other plans for her life. Jennie Sue wants to build her own life with her business degree and never again rely on a man to support her. Her mother does not understand her and her father is not willing to interfere. As Jennie Sue accepts two jobs house cleaning which includes an above garage apartment her mother is scandalized and the rumor mill is working overtime.Rick Lawson has returned to Bloom after medical discharge from the army. He is working to keep his family’s farm running with the help of his sister, Cricket who waitresses at the local café. Rick does not believe in gossip, but he is interested to learn of Jennie Sue’s return. He sees Jennie Sue for who she is and not her past status, but he also does not believe she could ever be interested in a scarred veteran with simple dreams.The romance between Jennie Sue and Rick builds slowly throughout the book. Kisses and hand-holding build at a realistic pace to all other eventual sex scenes happening behind closed doors. The elder sisters that help Jennie Sue are very adorable and funny. Cricket is as big a gossip as the old ladies, but is never really malicious. I loved all of the characters in this book and especially Jennie Sue’s spirit and determination. The small town of Bloom is depicted as a typical small town and I hope there are real towns just like it.
    more
  • Tina Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...The title of this book says it all – rumors, rumors, rumors. Gossip runs wild in the little town of Bloom, Texas. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor – everyone is fair game.Jennie Sue Baker’s marriage is over and she is left with nothing. She has no choice but to flee New York back to her parents’ home in Bloom, Texas. She has been groomed all of her life to be a wife and serve on charities and committees. She tried that in N For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...The title of this book says it all – rumors, rumors, rumors. Gossip runs wild in the little town of Bloom, Texas. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor – everyone is fair game.Jennie Sue Baker’s marriage is over and she is left with nothing. She has no choice but to flee New York back to her parents’ home in Bloom, Texas. She has been groomed all of her life to be a wife and serve on charities and committees. She tried that in New York and it didn’t make her happy. Now she wants to try something new.I admire Jennie Sue’s drive to want more for herself. I can’t blame her for wanting to be independent and not be taken care of by her family. She wants the opportunity to find herself and her passion, even if it means angering her mother in the process.I love Lettie and Nadine! They are 90-something-year-old sisters with attitudes and spunk, and are deeply embedded in the rumor mill. I love the depth of friendship between the young and old citizens of Bloom. They take care of each other, have each other’s backs, and genuinely care for one another.There was an underlying book theme running throughout this story which I always find enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised how often it popped up – from a used book store, to a bookmobile, a local book club, and more.I was genuinely enjoying this book until the last seventy pages or so. Something, that I cannot tell you, happens and it completely changes the vibe of the story. In my opinion it went off in an odd direction and I found myself not enjoying it as much as I had been.This made a wonderful poolside read! I was totally immersed in these characters’ lives and hoped Jennie Sue would find her way to happiness.*Thank you NetGalley, Montlake Romance, and Carolyn Brown for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
    more
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 Give Them Something to Talk About Stars* * * 1/4 Before Social Media, before the Internet and before Cell phones, there was a way towns entertained themselves with hot gossip...Yes, back in the day the OG way to spread rumor was the Party-line...What you say, what the heck was that...It was a land line phone where people shared the use of the line. You could pick up the receiver and hear other conversations happening by those you were sharing it... so listening in was a thing. Oh, there wer 3.25 Give Them Something to Talk About Stars* * * 1/4 Before Social Media, before the Internet and before Cell phones, there was a way towns entertained themselves with hot gossip...Yes, back in the day the OG way to spread rumor was the Party-line...What you say, what the heck was that...It was a land line phone where people shared the use of the line. You could pick up the receiver and hear other conversations happening by those you were sharing it... so listening in was a thing. Oh, there were other way of spreading the word...Simply taking what you heard in church, the barber shop or diner and adding your own take on it and then told your best friend. Carolyn Brown uses her crafting to address this small town use of gossip as their main source of entertainment. All her life, Jennie Sue Baker tried to please her mother and father. No matter how much she did what her mother wanted, it was never enough. She was taught to be almost a Stepford wife by her mother, a mother who had learned this behavior from her own mother and the mother before her.The result was a young girl who was never was able to be herself. She was the perfect society woman, married off and moved away.Now she is back to the town where she grew up. She has divorced her lying, cheating, thieving fugitive of a husband. During her marriage, this man was so controlling, he had her isolated and tasked with keeping the house in immaculate order. When Jennie Sue shared important information with the man, he upped and left her high and dry. She is back home and it only takes a day or two for Jennie to see living at home with her mother's attitude about how Jennie Sue looks, eats and behaves will not work. Her mother is blocking the father giving Jennie Sue a position in the family business...Women do not work. Well, Jennie Sue tells her "delicate" mother she is leaving. She will work and figure out her life. As she sits in the town's diner, she runs into one of the elder women of the town. She is thrilled to see Jennie Sue and when a housecleaning job with lodging is offered, Jennie Sue sees it as a way to give herself some breathing room to write her resume, do some interviewing and save some money. She snaps it up and is thrilled to help out these women. Rick Lawson is another home town boy who has returned. He served and was a career military guy until an IED took that option away. With serious scars on his body and face, he has had to adjust to what was taken away. He has lived with his sister on the family farm running the produce business. He also does the mobile library. This is all very different from the high school sports star. So here we have these two crossing paths and each time, there is a pull to see more of each other. This causes all sorts of rumors and gossip. Jennie Sue is already dealing with the fallout of her cleaning, working at a bookstore and living over the garage of her mother's mortal enemies. There is a lot happening with this tale; there is the budding romance with Rick and Jennie Sue, the hysterical times with the elder ladies and the realization by others that Jennie Sue is a real down home woman who was not the society pawn her mother made her be. This story did take some turns which caused some concern. (view spoiler)[ I really felt the later turns in this tale were not necessary. They took away from the tale rather then enhanced it. With the talent Brown has, I felt she could have achieved what she wanted by another route. (hide spoiler)]This is the third book of Brown's I have read and will not be the last. She has a lovely way of creating characters who are interesting and towns with quirks and wonderful communities. A gifted copy was provided by Montlake Romance via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
    more
  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is a new to me author and I really liked the idea of small town and the possibilities of a rumor spreading around town and the way that would/might influence decision making. For some reason, that's what I thought was going to happen for Jennie Sue and Rick. But that's not what ended up happening. Instead what I got was the operational flow of rumors and a good first half story. I don’t know what happened but the story’s second half was repetitive, stilted dialogue with what I felt was unre This is a new to me author and I really liked the idea of small town and the possibilities of a rumor spreading around town and the way that would/might influence decision making. For some reason, that's what I thought was going to happen for Jennie Sue and Rick. But that's not what ended up happening. Instead what I got was the operational flow of rumors and a good first half story. I don’t know what happened but the story’s second half was repetitive, stilted dialogue with what I felt was unrealistic, a heroine who never got sad, mad or hurt enough for me to empathize and a hero who I think got cheated out of a me going to bat for him.Jennie Sue, is recently divorced. Her perfectionist of a husband left one night to never return. Good riddance to bad rubbish. So anyway after the divorce Jennie Sue goes back home to Bloom, Texas where she knows exactly what will happen except she really didn’t know. Going home to her parents house Jennie Sue asks for father for a job at the family’s company and while her father is the figure head of that company, it’s Jennie Sue’s mother who really pulls the purse strings. That woman…she’s something else. I’m sure, make that I know there are people like that but she’s a hard pill to swallow. Jennie Sue’s parents have their own sordid story and it’s a doozy. It actually sounded more interesting than Jennie Sue and Rick’s blasé romance. Their acknowledgement of each other occurs way past the half way mark and that left it feeling hurried and I wasn’t convinced of these two even liking each other. Maybe it was the dialogue between them or lack of. Maybe it was Rick’s sister, Cricket, and her juvenile jealousy of Jennie Sue that corrupted my thinking. Maybe it was the lack of chemistry between Rick and Jennie Sue. Maybe it was the abysmal development of Rick as anything but foil for his sister’s crappy attitude. I can’t put my finger on it. After her arrival in town and her father turning her down for a job, Jennie Sue decides she’s going to stay for a while and earn a living anyway. She decides to become a housekeeper to some local folks - the ones who run the gossip mill in town, work at the local bookstore and as time permits she’ll help Rick and Cricket on their farm picking fruits and vegetables for sale. Keep in mind that Jennie Sue has never held a job a day in her life prior to now - would you believe me if I told you she just absolutely flourished going from zero job to having three. Most humans would falter but not Jennie Sue, she excelled. The story progresses with no real highs or lows, there’re are two minor blip on Jennie Sue’s life line but one happened prior to her arrival in Bloom and the other she deals with in a couple of days and moves on quite easily. My disappointment with Jennie Sue was complete by midway through the second half. My affection for Rick as a hero, friend, brother, all things hero-like never manifested and I was a little mad that such promise was just wasted. I mean he’s a former Ranger who stepped an IED. That’s story gold - dealing with PSTD, continuous rehab for non-functioning and wasted muscle mass, sexy battle scars, pouting…I mean brutish behavior, so much to explore with him but we got nothing but angst about his scars. Argh!If something happened between these two behind closed doors, we don’t know about it because what we got was some hand holding and a couple of kisses. If the story was good I wouldn’t have minded but nah. Happy Reading Folks!Rating: D*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
    more
  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    Nice, sweet. Small town as it comes. Enjoyed this one, even though sometimes a bit of faster pace could be helpful
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Small town rumor mill gossip is no match for Jennie Sue Baker who is on a triumphant return to Bloom Texas-- So be prepared, because she's back! A New York high school queen returns to fall in love with Rick Lawson after a dismal marriage left her seeking fulfillment. However, Rick lives a modest lifestyle not quite suited for cavier dreams.The problem is will Rick be convinced of the desire for romance before he loses out on love?When her ex husband is caught and charged for a crime by Feds we Small town rumor mill gossip is no match for Jennie Sue Baker who is on a triumphant return to Bloom Texas-- So be prepared, because she's back! A New York high school queen returns to fall in love with Rick Lawson after a dismal marriage left her seeking fulfillment. However, Rick lives a modest lifestyle not quite suited for cavier dreams.The problem is will Rick be convinced of the desire for romance before he loses out on love?When her ex husband is caught and charged for a crime by Feds we learn that everything will be confiscated..Good lord, now what?!Rick with the help of his sister 'Cricket' makes more than noise as they spend their days working between cafe's and bookmobiles...ok, well not quite exciting but waitWith a lil pixie dust this blooming romance may just be what they both need so I'll leave them to it and be moving on.Thank you to Carloyn Brown, her publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this e-read ARC in exchange for this honest review.
    more
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this but only by skim reading. I also debated between 1 and 2 stars and gave the second star but...I found almost all the characters to be stereotyped cardboard caricatures. I hated almost all the dialogue and just couldn't imagine real people talking that way. It had almost a fifties feel to it with the stereotypes the author used. It also felt like it was written by a middle schooler who was irritated with her parents. Kill them off and be rich. It was boring, slow, repetitive, tedi I finished this but only by skim reading. I also debated between 1 and 2 stars and gave the second star but...I found almost all the characters to be stereotyped cardboard caricatures. I hated almost all the dialogue and just couldn't imagine real people talking that way. It had almost a fifties feel to it with the stereotypes the author used. It also felt like it was written by a middle schooler who was irritated with her parents. Kill them off and be rich. It was boring, slow, repetitive, tedious and way too much eating and food talk.Thankfully it was a free read via Kindle Unlimited.
    more
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    "On a slow day, gossip hung over the town like smoke in an old western honky-tonk. On a good day, in the opinion of the community, it obliterated the sun."This time, Carolyn Brown is taking us to the small town of Bloom, Texas where Jennie Sue Baker, the ex-wife of a rich man will have the tongues wagging when she come back in town, after the jerk ran off with a bag of diamonds and another woman and temporary take a post as a cleaning lady for a couple of folks. Not everyone is happy to see Jenn "On a slow day, gossip hung over the town like smoke in an old western honky-tonk. On a good day, in the opinion of the community, it obliterated the sun."This time, Carolyn Brown is taking us to the small town of Bloom, Texas where Jennie Sue Baker, the ex-wife of a rich man will have the tongues wagging when she come back in town, after the jerk ran off with a bag of diamonds and another woman and temporary take a post as a cleaning lady for a couple of folks. Not everyone is happy to see Jennie Sue again but like it or not, Cricket Lawson will have to get used to the idea, since her brother quickly become friend with the young woman. "Hate consumes love, sister. The two can't live in the same heart."Dealing with rumors and jealousy is not the only thing Jennie is gonna have to face. She's done with letting her mother decide for her and now it's time to think about what she wants and how to get it. She's gonna charm everyone with her natural kindness anyway."He wondered what folks did with false rumors. Did they go into a recycling bin ? Change the names and the places and use them all again ?"People are put to Earth for different reasons. Some people are mothers(or fathers), some are teachers or revolutionary or missionary. Me, I'm a reader. I was put here to read and appreciate the creation of other people. Don't know why this book made me thought about such intense subject but that's really the first thing that came to my mind after a couple of pages. After that, I thought that I really don't want this author to stop writting cowboy romance, but she do really well with women's fiction too. In fact, I enjoy it much more than I expected but then again, Carolyn Brown makes everything fun.I must say that Rick Lawson was one of the best hero she ever wrote and probably my favorite so far. She can write really sweet and sexy male character, but Rick, he's special. A former Army Ranger who was discharged after stepping on an IED, he returned with lots of physical scars that made him doubt his own appeal but he didn't let it confine him into despair and choose the light instead. He's happy being a farmer who grow and sell vegetables. And he drive a bookmobile to share his passion for reading, I'm so in love!!! "You have put sunshine back into my life and melted the chains from around my heart." Jennie Sue was such a precious heroine too because like Rick, instead of feeling sorry for herself about other's behavior or the mistakes she made in the past, she choose the simple things that make her happy. It was cute how her and the hero joked about the rumors. "Amos and Rick are both so happy about this, Jennie Sue. He's a firm believer in reading to children and teaching them to love books.""Me, too. I intend to read to my children before they are even born."
    more
  • Angela Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Trite. Every time I tried imagining actual people saying the dialogue, my mind just conjures up a horrible middle school play or little girls playing with Barbies trying to act out what they think adult conversations are like. The best parts of the book are Lettie and Nadine, who actually resemble real, interesting people.
    more
  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars: A wonderful book filled with love, family, small towns and new beginnings. This book made me laugh and cry. Loved it!Jennie Sue slinks off the bus. She knows the minute her feet hit the concrete that the small town of Bloom, Texas will be abuzz with gossip. She is right because at the moment, Cricket, a waitress at the local cafe is snapping pictures of Jennie Sue, eager to share them with all the locals, especially since Jennie Sue looks terrible. Jennie Sue was rich and popular bac Five stars: A wonderful book filled with love, family, small towns and new beginnings. This book made me laugh and cry. Loved it!Jennie Sue slinks off the bus. She knows the minute her feet hit the concrete that the small town of Bloom, Texas will be abuzz with gossip. She is right because at the moment, Cricket, a waitress at the local cafe is snapping pictures of Jennie Sue, eager to share them with all the locals, especially since Jennie Sue looks terrible. Jennie Sue was rich and popular back in high school, but now she is returning home after a failed marriage and heartbreak. She has had it up to here with her wealthy life and the expectations of her Mama. In a moment of anger, Jennie Sue decides to rebel against her mom and her high standards. She soon lands two jobs, one cleaning houses for two old spinster sisters in town, the other at the small bookshop. Jennie Sue breaks free, follows her heart and makes new friends, but will her happiness last?What I Liked:*Sigh.... I just love a good Carolyn Brown book. Her books are comfort food for the soul. Small Town Rumors has to be one of her best books to date. I loved the characters, the setting, the friendships and the romance. It was all so sweet. I laughed, I cried and I loved ever minute of this one!*Jennie Sue is the heart and soul of this book. She returns home with her tail between her legs, determined to get away from the life of wealth and privilege that her parents want her to live. She rebels and finds her own path. It was a joy to watch Jennie Sue take chances, make new friends, make her own life choices and to see her fall in love. Her growth throughout is tremendous, and I loved cheering her on. She was a wonderful main character. *I couldn’t get enough of the secondary characters. My favorites hands down were the two spinster sisters, Nadine and Lettie. They are both in their nineties, and absolutely hilarious. These women brought so much heart and humor to the book. I loved them. They seriously made me giggle. Then there is Cricket, who turned out to be a surprise dark horse character. Cricket hates Jennie Sue when she comes back to town. She is very forthcoming in her feelings on Jennie Sue, but over time, Cricket grows and changes. I loved her by the end, in fact, I want Carolyn to write a whole book about Cricket. Rick, the love interest, is adorable. He is hardworking, kind, generous and somewhat shy. All in all, a terrific cast of characters. *The small town setting lends so much to the story. Bloom, Texas is one of those towns where everyone knows everything about everyone in town. Gossip and rumors spread faster than wildfire. The rumor mill was downright funny, but I also liked the way the residents looked after each other. *I was quite surprised by a big turn in the book. Everything went another way. I liked watching Jennie Sue overcome the sudden devastating events that rocked her world. *I appreciated that the mother daughter relationship between Jennie Sue and her mother was realistic. At first, it was tight with tension. They butted heads, but eventually they work it out and come to understanding. I liked that they sat down and talked it through and understood each other. *The romance was just right. It was one with some sparks, but it takes its sweet time. It is all about friendship and helping one another before it finally burns bright. It was slow, satisfying and wonderful. *The ending was delightful. There is an Epilogue a few months down the road the catches the reader up on all that has happened in Bloom. Loved it! I hated that it ended.And The Not So Much:*I was disappointed that Cricket didn’t find love. I was wanting that for her. We seriously need a book from Cricket’s point of view. *I was enjoying finally getting to know Charlotte, I wish that we could have delved a little deeper into her life.Small Town Rumors was a delightful read. I loved the characters, the story, the setting and the romance. This is the perfect little book for light, fun summer reading, or anytime you want a feel good pick me up read. This book made me laugh and cry. Loved it!I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.
    more
  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. What do you get when you have a small town full of busybodies? Rumors and gossip that spread like lightening. And in small-town Bloom, TX, the folks thrive on them. So when Jennie Sue Baker, daughter of wealthy businessman Dill Baker and snooty southern belle Charlotte Baker, is seen getting off of a Greyhound bus looking ratty and carrying a single suitcase, rumors start flying. What happened to her charmed life in NY, and why is she back in Bloom? Opinions vary about Jennie Sue. Som 4.5 stars. What do you get when you have a small town full of busybodies? Rumors and gossip that spread like lightening. And in small-town Bloom, TX, the folks thrive on them. So when Jennie Sue Baker, daughter of wealthy businessman Dill Baker and snooty southern belle Charlotte Baker, is seen getting off of a Greyhound bus looking ratty and carrying a single suitcase, rumors start flying. What happened to her charmed life in NY, and why is she back in Bloom? Opinions vary about Jennie Sue. Some think she’s a spoiled brat who deserves to know what it feels like to suffer adversity. Others see her as a loving, caring individual who’s nothing like her stuck-up, snobbish mother who’s more interested in keeping up appearances than she is of people. Who’s right?Cricket Lawson, a farmer’s daughter who grew up alongside Jennie Sue, chooses to despise her and doesn’t mind letting her know.Cricket’s brother, Rick, disagrees with his sister’s assessment of Jennie Sue. In fact, Rick has always had a bit of a crush on her.There’s one thing that everyone living has in common whether they’re good, bad, rich or poor—unforeseen occurrences that can change our circumstances in an instant. And when that inevitably happens, to Jennie Sue and others, everyone’s true colors come to the fore.There’s much to love about this book. The small-town setting where everybody knows your name (and situation🙄); the highly developed characters, including my favorites, a pair of feisty, sassy old sisters (octogenarians) who have Jennie Sue’s back; life-altering tragedies and redemption.I chose this book because of the title, cover and positive reviews. And thanks to Amazon's offering me a 3-month Kindle Unlimited trial for 0.99¢ a month that I couldn’t pass up, I was able to download both the e-book and audiobook for my reading and listening pleasure. 😌 This was a great way for me to discover a new author, Carolyn Brown, and I’m glad I took a chance on her. I see more of her books in my future.
    more
  • JenniK
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know where all these high ratings are coming from. Preteens maybe? Or elderly women who only like to read about other elderly women reminiscing about people we don't know? And the dialogue was horrrrrrrrible! It felt like this story was written by a child, trying to imagine what adults would say.This story is sloooooow, and there is way too much history given via conversation about things like great grandparents (who cares? We're here for the living characters! When are they going to do I don't know where all these high ratings are coming from. Preteens maybe? Or elderly women who only like to read about other elderly women reminiscing about people we don't know? And the dialogue was horrrrrrrrible! It felt like this story was written by a child, trying to imagine what adults would say.This story is sloooooow, and there is way too much history given via conversation about things like great grandparents (who cares? We're here for the living characters! When are they going to do something interesting?) Once, we even got an entire recipe, (with measurements and cooking instructions!!!) recited in the form of a conversation. It did not work at all in the scene.There are way too many characters in general and strangely, the emphasis seems to be on the wrong characters.The Hero's horrible sister gets much more scene time with the heroine than he does, and when the heroine is in crisis, it is always the sister who we see comfort her/ speak actual words, eventhough the hero is supposedly there...? The author makes him strangely silent and off-screen, as if he's an afterthought. Baffling. I was constantly wondering WHERE is Rick? WHY doesn't he say anything?I'm honestly not even sure this qualifies as a romance for me. Rick, the hero, had the potential to be great but i feel like we were cheated out of getting to know him.But the main problem I had with the book is that the two MCs are painted as impossibly perfect, like people from someone's juvenile, idealistic imagination. The heroine has the undeserved reputation of being a rich bitch. Ok. But to counter that, this author makes her a saint instead. After one day in town, despite the fact that her kindly father is offering her unlimited financial support, she takes a job cleaning houses, and another in a bookstore, and then volunteers to drive old ladies whereever they want to go and do all their bidding... just because... and THEN she vounteers to work the farmer's market with the hero and cook him and his bitch sister dinner every night in her free time! It's ridiculous. Now, we might give her credit for helping out our hero in an effort to get close to a sexy guy, except that she seems oblivious and these two are so non-sexual that i wonder if they're breathing.That bring me to our hero. He is supposedly 29 years old, a former studly athlete and elite soldier and what does he do? He drives the BookMobile around to visit old people because it is his dream that everyone has books!!!!! I kid you not!! He spends all the rest of his time with his elderly friends and his sister. A 29 year old man- who is supposedly sexy and hot doesn't have just the least interest in females of his own age??? He is so ridiculously saintly that i couldn't stand him. Plus, he was soooo inconsistent. He never makes a move at all. The heroine goes so far as to tell him that she wants to go skinny dipping with him and he tells her that the BIRDS might see them and start Rumors! That seriously happened!!!! Then he doesn't even kiss her until she literally falls on him, and then just a peck. The only times they two are together is because stupid coincidences of life threw them together- not because he ever actually had the balls to admit interest in her. And yet, out in the dark night in a crowd of people, he leans over and suddenly whispers how beautiful she is? EWwww. It just felt weird! Then again, that's the first time it became apparent that his manhood might still be working after all, seeing as how he was content to just sit next to his beloved and hope maybe she called one day. ??? If this author doesn't want to write sex scenes, that's ok. If she wants to have characters who don't take sex casually, that's ok too, but don't leave the huge white elephant in the room! Don't completely ignore the fact that we're dealing with a once very confident man who is still in his sexual prime! That just made it feel like a romance written by and for a twelve year old girl whose wildest fantasy is one day holding a boy's hand.
    more
  • Despina
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.Small Town Rumors is like many of Carolyn Browns books, I love when she writes about people in small towns it's something she does very well. I really liked Jennie Sue and how she stood up to her mother and finally starts to live her own life. I really do love how over the top the characters were in this story, it made me laugh. I like Rick for Jennie Sue and Jennie Sue for Rick, they were overall a good match. I liked that we got I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.Small Town Rumors is like many of Carolyn Browns books, I love when she writes about people in small towns it's something she does very well. I really liked Jennie Sue and how she stood up to her mother and finally starts to live her own life. I really do love how over the top the characters were in this story, it made me laugh. I like Rick for Jennie Sue and Jennie Sue for Rick, they were overall a good match. I liked that we got Rick's pov along with Jennie's Sue's. I felt this book stumbled a bit at times but overall I enjoyed this book.
    more
  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    Just 100% not the book for me. Full review on its way.
  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Jennie Sue left Bloom, Texas as the “it girl”. Wealthy, well-mannered, social standout she’s gone to New York with her husband, bound to make a splash. But now, her husband outed as a lying, cheating thief, she’s back in Bloom, in her mother’s house, with a marriage that’s fallen apart, no direction and a handful of alimony cheques that are tagged ‘Insufficient Funds”. Of course, Jennie Sue wasn’t prepared for her fall from grace, and she’s never really been her own person – from her mother’s ir Jennie Sue left Bloom, Texas as the “it girl”. Wealthy, well-mannered, social standout she’s gone to New York with her husband, bound to make a splash. But now, her husband outed as a lying, cheating thief, she’s back in Bloom, in her mother’s house, with a marriage that’s fallen apart, no direction and a handful of alimony cheques that are tagged ‘Insufficient Funds”. Of course, Jennie Sue wasn’t prepared for her fall from grace, and she’s never really been her own person – from her mother’s iron-fisted control to her husband doing the same – she’s tired of the superficial, the constraints and above all, the gossip. Rick Lawson has come back to town after years in the military ended with an IED. He’s living and working at the family farm, and he runs the bookmobile – making a life for himself that wasn’t in his plans. The former star in high school, he’s working on a very different life for himself, and he keeps running into Jennie Sue. After moving away from her mother’s constant criticisms and expectations, Jennie Sue is busily trying to find her own direction: living her life for others has always been her go-to, but now she’s determined to be ‘all grown up”, find her own path and do whatever it takes to make people see her as Jennie Sue – not ‘THE Jennie Sue”. Her new jobs – housekeeping and working in a bookstore, a small above-the-garage apartment, and a flirtation that may be more all make her days more exciting, even if the challenges are never-ending and the gossips never stop. Several twists and turns, some unnecessary, add to the conflicts and struggles here: it was enough to see Jennie Sue reach for her own new life and overcome the negativity, and her interactions with the “older ladies” in town, with their own memories, desires and advice was lovely. A solid small-town feel with a rather predictable series of events, it was a nice read and perfect to while away a few hours. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
    more
  • Debra Oliva
    January 1, 1970
    Jennie Sue Baker returns to Bloom, Texas on the bus! Since her family is wealthy and has their own plane, that is grist for the small town rumor mill. Then she has a disagreement with her mother on her future plans – her mother wants her to find another husband - but Jenny Sue wants a job now that she has divorced her cheating thieving abusive husband and graduated from college. Jenny Sue goes into town and accepts a temporary job cleaning house for her mother’s arch-enemies and moves into a sma Jennie Sue Baker returns to Bloom, Texas on the bus! Since her family is wealthy and has their own plane, that is grist for the small town rumor mill. Then she has a disagreement with her mother on her future plans – her mother wants her to find another husband - but Jenny Sue wants a job now that she has divorced her cheating thieving abusive husband and graduated from college. Jenny Sue goes into town and accepts a temporary job cleaning house for her mother’s arch-enemies and moves into a small apartment above a garage. More grist for the rumor mill!She meets Rick Lawson, a wounded scarred veteran, who has taken over the family farm. Sparks fly but he can’t believe that a rich heiress would be interested in a small town farmer.The romance grows slowly and the other characters in the book are well-drawn and hilarious. Jenny Sue’s determination to stand on her own two feet and not give in to her mother’s pressure to assume her place in society is admirable. The small town portrayed in the novel reminded me of vacations spent in a small town in Arkansas where my father’s family lived.Many thanks to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Carolyn Brown for the ARC. I will be reading more of her books.
    more
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is what happens when you are stuck in an airport without a book. This is ridiculous. It isn’t fun to read simple sentences and cheap, shallow character development. What woman would write “You are too pretty to work. You can stay right here and do whatever you ladies do all day. Your mama will take care of your time, and I’ll start a bank account for you tomorrow.” (p.8)? How many people literally toss keys in the air and have tears running onto their shirts? Not so many that it’s worth usi This is what happens when you are stuck in an airport without a book. This is ridiculous. It isn’t fun to read simple sentences and cheap, shallow character development. What woman would write “You are too pretty to work. You can stay right here and do whatever you ladies do all day. Your mama will take care of your time, and I’ll start a bank account for you tomorrow.” (p.8)? How many people literally toss keys in the air and have tears running onto their shirts? Not so many that it’s worth using the phrases that often. The author doesn’t know what a business degree is. She used the term so generally that it is meaningless. Nor does she know how to network or use the Internet for a job search. Techs don’t read radiology films. An omnipotent being does not control individual lives I don’t like the message to readers not to call emergency services. Sometimes they are medically necessary. Everything about this was cheesy and unrealistic.
    more
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    DNF-ed at 62%. Way too slow moving, and the characters' speech patterns were starting to really grate on me. Not sure Jennie Sue had any flaws at all beyond indecisiveness...I almost didn't blame Cricket for her suspicions about her, even though most of the book is from Jennie Sue's POV and we know from that fact that she's really just that nice.Obviously it's just me...everyone else seems to enjoy the book. This is my first book from this author; the jury is still out about trying another.
    more
  • Marleen
    January 1, 1970
    Small Town Rumors took me by surprise with its genuine and wonderful characters. This was overall a sweet and charming read and presented everything I love about small town stories. Admittedly, at first, I was taken aback by the gossip and small-mindedness of the town’s people, but fortunately, there were more layers to these characters. Thanks to Jennie-Sue’s personality, who was so kind, humble and determined, she was able to open the eyes of many of the main protagonists.It might seem like th Small Town Rumors took me by surprise with its genuine and wonderful characters. This was overall a sweet and charming read and presented everything I love about small town stories. Admittedly, at first, I was taken aback by the gossip and small-mindedness of the town’s people, but fortunately, there were more layers to these characters. Thanks to Jennie-Sue’s personality, who was so kind, humble and determined, she was able to open the eyes of many of the main protagonists.It might seem like the classic story of the lost daughter returning to her hometown, but it turned out unexpectedly better. I am surprised that I never read a Carolyn Brown book before. I will certainly explore other books by this author.
    more
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is a perfect summer read...well really a perfect anytime read! Especially since it is set in a small Texas town where rumors and gossip abound. The book has funky characters, some tension between the "haves" and the "have-nots", and family drama that will keep you entertained from beginning to the end. It is also a love story and knowing what you want and don't want to ensure a happy life going forward.If you enjoy romance, laughter, and small town charm, you'll enjoy this book!
    more
  • [[ Frankie ]]
    January 1, 1970
    As a first time reader of Carolyn Brown & a reader who doesn’t usually tend to enjoy sweet, charming romances, I have to admit I was a little concerned about how I’d end up feeling about Small Town Rumors. But let me tell you... I was completely shocked by how much I truly enjoyed this book!The dynamic between characters, especially sisters Nadine & Lettie, is what literally made the story for me. There’s a bittersweet mix of love & tension, combining to create perfect dialogue that As a first time reader of Carolyn Brown & a reader who doesn’t usually tend to enjoy sweet, charming romances, I have to admit I was a little concerned about how I’d end up feeling about Small Town Rumors. But let me tell you... I was completely shocked by how much I truly enjoyed this book!The dynamic between characters, especially sisters Nadine & Lettie, is what literally made the story for me. There’s a bittersweet mix of love & tension, combining to create perfect dialogue that even had me laughing out loud at times, which to be honest, is quite hard to do!I doubted the book in the beginning because I went in believing the storyline would be strictly romantic, but boy was I wrong. Does romance play a part? Yes, of course. Does it swallow the entire story whole? Absolutely not. The main point I took from the story is that you can’t always believe what you hear & you can find true friends in the unlikeliest of places.Small Town Rumors was fresh & fun, & I can’t wait to get my hands on another of Carolyn Brown’s books!
    more
  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve never read this author before and she has a lot of books so I was hoping for a gem. I love devouring entire author works when I discover a new favourite :)This started very similar to the last book I read - just with the small town and mother/daughter relationship, but that’s okay.I didn’t love the writing style. It was a little surface level. And some parts were slow. It lost me a few times and I skimmed a little. It was so dialogue heavy in places. I guess it just lost me.Skimmed.
    more
  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    After the first few chapters things got slow, boring and repetitive for me. The exaggerated accents, over-emphasis on rumors and more rumors, y'alls and blow-by-blow details of the character's actions was totally overkill. I did not care about the characters, there was not enough depth. And the turns at the end were unbelievable and cliche'd.I will not be reading another book by Carolyn Brown.
    more
  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment Jennie Sue gets off the bus in her West Texas small home town, she knows the rumors are flying. Her rich, snooty mother's 'Don't give the neighbors anything to talk about' is about to be blown up big when Jennie Sue is determined to start over and doesn't care what the tongues are wagging about. It's Carolyn Brown and its small town. I was all in for a feisty and fun summer read.Small Town Rumors follows the story of Jennie Sue as she decides to come back home from the big city s From the moment Jennie Sue gets off the bus in her West Texas small home town, she knows the rumors are flying. Her rich, snooty mother's 'Don't give the neighbors anything to talk about' is about to be blown up big when Jennie Sue is determined to start over and doesn't care what the tongues are wagging about. It's Carolyn Brown and its small town. I was all in for a feisty and fun summer read.Small Town Rumors follows the story of Jennie Sue as she decides to come back home from the big city still grieving her still-born child, but relieved beyond measure to get shucked of her demanding, control-freak cheating ex. Her mama and daddy want to shower her with money and draw her right back into that rich, empty world she just broke free of, but Jennie Sue has her own ideas of what she wants. No more being arm candy to a rich hubby who'll just cheat and expect perfection. She earned her business degree, got some skills in the school of hard knocks, and wants simple living with honest to goodness friends. And, if it sends her mama and the other Sweetwater Belles to howling and the gossip to flying fast around town, then so be it.I enjoyed this one so much. Oh course, I can't get enough of this author's books, but there is a little something extra when she focuses in on her heroine, friendships, and family with love just coming along naturally. The heroine of Small Town Rumors has been a fish out of water all her life with a society-conscious mother and a philandering yet loving father, but things start to fall into place the minute she humbles herself and takes a job as housekeeper for two feisty old-lady sisters who were a crack-up and took a second job as a bookshop worker for an old disorganized guy. Meanwhile, she finds herself interested in an area farmer who also drives the library book mobile and she hopes to make friends with his jealous and sharp-tongued sister. Getting her mama to reconcile with Jennie's new decisions and discovering a great deal about her family's past help finish the transformation in her life.The big conflict through much of the book for her is whether she'll stick around and brave the rumors and expectations on her or start fresh in the city with a new job and life. Then, after a sad event towards the end, right when she's on the verge of real happiness, she's confronted with something that might mess it all up for good.The usual hilarious antics, over the top quirky characters, small town activity, family and friends with a dash of romance made for a cozy and comfortable read that I can definitely recommend to others who enjoy the same.My thanks to Montlake and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book that hit all of my happy points. I love books that involve farms and really get down and dirty times. This book has a farm and a bit of high society as well. I have never read a book by Carolyn Brown before and I really enjoyed this one. I will definitely be looking her up again. This is a sweet story about a small town in Texas and their desire for gossip. Everything that goes on in this town everyone else knows about. It has gotten to the point where some people spend their tim This was a book that hit all of my happy points. I love books that involve farms and really get down and dirty times. This book has a farm and a bit of high society as well. I have never read a book by Carolyn Brown before and I really enjoyed this one. I will definitely be looking her up again. This is a sweet story about a small town in Texas and their desire for gossip. Everything that goes on in this town everyone else knows about. It has gotten to the point where some people spend their time trying to look good so gossip doesn't start flying. Daughter of one of the richest family in town has come home. She came home not through flying, even though daddy owns a plane; but on a bus in ratty everyday clothing. Jennie Sue became the talk of the town to her mother's horror. She got to a point where she wanted to go home and work in the family business, but her mama wouldn't allow that to happy. She was to be a trophy wife and work on fundraisers and charities like good high society girls do. Jennie Sue had a different idea for her life. She got two jobs, one as a house cleaner and another working in a bookshop. She rented a garage apartment and lived the life she wanted. She gained new friends, removed herself from the high society life to live a simple down to earth life. A war hero to many, Rick Lawson, was just a farm boy. He was destined to stay on his farm forever tending his garden and going to the farmers market every Saturday. When he sees Jennie Sue he remembers the crush he had on her in high school. He knows that money matters in their little town. He never imagines that he could become friends with Jennie Sue; she has too much money and his sister Cricket can't stand her. Jennie Sue has to finally determine what she will do with her life. She began to look to her future and started to take matters in her own hands. She also learned that real friends were those that stuck around even through bad times. Carolyn Brown brought this town to life. With each character having not only a simple personality but one that you can put on a few of my friends. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about little towns, strong women, or just in need of a good book to read.
    more
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I can't say enough about this wonderful, funny, heart wrenching, witty story. Carlyon Brown takes her readers on adventure in a small town rife with rumours about what has brought Jennie Sue Baker back to her hometown of Bloom from New York... Her mother is keeping secrets, her dad is trying to keep secrets, but everyone in town knows what he is up too. Jennie Sue is just trying to live with what is true and to hell what her mother what to keep covered up. When she starts to hang out with what h I can't say enough about this wonderful, funny, heart wrenching, witty story. Carlyon Brown takes her readers on adventure in a small town rife with rumours about what has brought Jennie Sue Baker back to her hometown of Bloom from New York... Her mother is keeping secrets, her dad is trying to keep secrets, but everyone in town knows what he is up too. Jennie Sue is just trying to live with what is true and to hell what her mother what to keep covered up. When she starts to hang out with what her mother calls "white trash", she knows these are the people who keep in real, especially Rick Lawson, the hometown farmer who has own secrets to hide... You will fall in love with the quirky, lovable sisters Lettie and Nadine, who know what's going on in town before it comes out of the horse’s mouth. As they take Jennie Sue under their wing and she finds her place in the town that is first and foremost HOME, she find peace and her true self. But what she really finds is LOVE... Carolyn Brown takes you on a journey of discovery in this small town full of rumors. It has a twist I never saw coming when but when you come to it, you just know everything is going to turn out good. She made me LOL, cry and cheer for Jennie Sue and Rick...I give this a 5** Stars. Well done Carolyn Brown. You never disappoint your fans!!
    more
  • Fayrooz
    January 1, 1970
    it is so heartwarming, and the closest to real life`s ''shit happens boo'' this is the second book I read for Carolyn and lord do I love her style and the lives she creates, it`s much better than seeing a good movie about a town community and the love the 90+ years old give and how they all like to gossip.really it`s so good that I stuck to reading it on my phone when I got back from the book fair last week, in the car jams, rolling in the streets of my own home city in the soft afternoon light, it is so heartwarming, and the closest to real life`s ''shit happens boo'' this is the second book I read for Carolyn and lord do I love her style and the lives she creates, it`s much better than seeing a good movie about a town community and the love the 90+ years old give and how they all like to gossip.really it`s so good that I stuck to reading it on my phone when I got back from the book fair last week, in the car jams, rolling in the streets of my own home city in the soft afternoon light, leaving my freshly bought books behind.the most inspiring thing was how Jennie sue was so kind and understanding to even the people who wrong her and even hated her, calmly making more and more hearty gestures to make them her friendsgod bless rick`s heart and his beautiful green eyesand god bless Carolyn for making food, libraries, sweet tea, the hot weather, and trunks all theme the story up to give the best home-y vibes.
    more
  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read by Carolyn Brown and I really enjoyed most of this book, the southern small town life. The dialogue between characters. The relationships that were built. There were a lot of funny moments in this book but some real heartaching ones as well, which I was really wasn't expecting. And soooo much food, I was craving everything while reading this book. There is some romance in this book but it's not overpowering. All in all I liked this book and would recommend it t This is the first book I have read by Carolyn Brown and I really enjoyed most of this book, the southern small town life. The dialogue between characters. The relationships that were built. There were a lot of funny moments in this book but some real heartaching ones as well, which I was really wasn't expecting. And soooo much food, I was craving everything while reading this book. There is some romance in this book but it's not overpowering. All in all I liked this book and would recommend it to others that like the dynamics of small town life. I won this book from the giveaways at Goodreads.
    more
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I really liked the story but just wasn't a huge fan of the plodding along of the development. I was super tired of the rumor. I didn't like her mother and her dad was honest about stuff but it didn't make it right. However, Jennie does get her mother's attempts at reconciliation which was nice. I also liked that I didn't have the entire intimate moments spelled out for me. I can get pretty turned on with just some sweet moments or throw someone in the creek foreplay. lolRick was kind of di Well, I really liked the story but just wasn't a huge fan of the plodding along of the development. I was super tired of the rumor. I didn't like her mother and her dad was honest about stuff but it didn't make it right. However, Jennie does get her mother's attempts at reconciliation which was nice. I also liked that I didn't have the entire intimate moments spelled out for me. I can get pretty turned on with just some sweet moments or throw someone in the creek foreplay. lolRick was kind of distant without anything with his pov. I did like how Jennie settled everything. So the average rating was worth another look at this author too.
    more
  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a lot of years since I read a Carolyn Brown book. She was one of the few authors I found at the library (before I got into the ebook scene) that I knew was going to be clean. I picked this up on KindleUnlimited to see how it compared.It's definitely got a lot of the elements I remember from her earlier books, but I liked that this one wasn't a girl-and-guy-hate-each-other-and-fight-and-fight-and-fight-and-then-kiss book. The progression of their relationship felt more realistic to me t It's been a lot of years since I read a Carolyn Brown book. She was one of the few authors I found at the library (before I got into the ebook scene) that I knew was going to be clean. I picked this up on KindleUnlimited to see how it compared.It's definitely got a lot of the elements I remember from her earlier books, but I liked that this one wasn't a girl-and-guy-hate-each-other-and-fight-and-fight-and-fight-and-then-kiss book. The progression of their relationship felt more realistic to me than the ones I read years ago.Still clean. Still lots of small town banter, charm, and gossip (not surprising considering the title).
    more
Write a review