Thursday, September 15, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Southern Charmed by Melanie Jacobson


Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she's proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn't take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president's son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South...and teenage Lila. After Max's family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost.

When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.


Melanie Jacobson has written a truly charming book about a place that she clearly loves.  And so does Lila Mae Guidry, a Lousiana girl through and through, who teaches at a local high school and dreams of getting married.  But Max Archer isn't her ideal man, at least not at first.  When she knew him as a kid he hated Baton Rouge and he humiliated her at a stake dance.  But Max isn't the same person she knew and she has to fight to remind herself that he has no intentions of staying in the place she doesn't plan to ever leave.  But hearts don't always follow their owners advice and the two fall in love despite their geographical differences.  I couldn't help falling in love with both Lila and Max, two good people, each with their own plans and strengths.  Stories like this remind me that while life often doesn't go the way we plan, sometimes things turn out far better than one could have ever dreamed.


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