Title: Dogwood Days
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 129 Pages
At a Glance: With snappy dialogue, cleverly written characters, a small town warmth and a blossoming love story, Dogwood Days is a delightful journey down America’s main streets.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Jefferson Lee Davis is happy with his life in the city until his favorite uncle has a bad fall and he rushes to Holly Creek to make sure Uncle Sherman is okay. Jefferson Lee knows how to navigate small Southern town’s politics and the residents greet him with open arms. Everyone but the town’s sheriff, Zane Yarbrough, that is.
Dogwood Days, the town’s biggest festival is looming, so Jefferson has to step up and take over his uncle’s job as the town blogger, even if that puts him right in the sheriff’s path. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend all come together to make Jefferson Lee’s life in Holly Creek a full-time adventure. When he loses his job back in the city, Jefferson Lee has to start a new job search that will take him away from the town he’s learning to think of as home. Will this big city boy find sweet romance in the arms of a small town sheriff or will the allure of the city call him back?
Review: Jefferson Lee returns to his roots in order to help his beloved uncle after an accident left him with a broken leg and concussion. While his hometown has a definite place in his heart, the small town gossip and lack of privacy tends to drag a bit on Jefferson’s nerves. However, he agrees to help his Uncle with the town blog and the upcoming dogwood festival, and begins to settle in for the short term. Little does he account for a determined Sheriff who is clearly smitten, and a town who wants nothing more than to hold onto one of its own—especially since that one is Jefferson Lee, himself.
Author Poppy Dennison is a wizard at creating a sweet little town and inhabiting it with all manner of colorful people. We are not just given Jefferson Lee to discover, but his Uncle, his best friend Clover, the local diner owner, the town Sheriff, and the list goes on and on. Each one of these characters is so delightfully written, from nosy busybodies to fiercely loyal friends, and in the midst of them all is Jefferson Lee, who takes up the mantle of his hometown with grace and ease.
At its heart, Dogwood Days is a slice of Americana, with Holly Creek being the quintessential small town that turns out to be a sweet, close-knit community waiting to lure the reader in. Inhabited by delightful people who want nothing more than one of their favored sons to settle in and make his home there once more, Holly Creek becomes a clever little side character in this tender love story. It was so easy to understand why Zane would fall for Jefferson Lee. He was part crazed, part overfed, and part romantic all rolled into one. In essence, completely lovable and just down right nice to boot.
With snappy dialogue, cleverly written characters, a small town warmth and a blossoming love story, Dogwood Days is a delightful journey down America’s main streets. Don’t be surprised if you want to stay.
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