Southern Charmed

Southern Charmed

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    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.
    Southern Charmed
    Southern Charmed is a light chic lit for a pleasant, relaxing, clean YA/Adult read. Lila Mae loved living in Louisiana. She c0uldn't imagine living anywhere else. Her father recently died and the other children were far away. Lila would not ever consider leaving her mother. She lived in her childhood home with her mother and taught in a public High School in a rough part of Baton Rouge. Lila Mae had noticed Max, her High School crush/nightmare at church for a few Sundays but had avoided him. As she arrived home from Church one Sunday, she was mortified to find him siting in the kitchen with her mother awaiting her arrival for Sunday Dinner! This was the turbulent beginning of what was to be the first in several occasions. Kendra was a student of Lila Mae's who was bright but battled a devastating home-life. Lila Mae was determined to do al she could to persuade this student to fulfil a very challenging task which could change the rest of her life  if she succeeded. This drama covers different aspects of Lila Mae's life and various challenges she faces. It, also, addresses heart-wrenching decisions one often has to make. Although this novel is directed at an LDS audiences, it is an entertaining book for all to read. The characters are very real and endearing. The background scenes are easily visualized. A few times the sentences did not "flow" well, interrupting a smooth read. Other than those few occasions, it was very well-written and entertaining. *This book was gifted me but in no way obligates me to offer a positive review.
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    I'm a big fan of Melanie Jacobson's books, and was very excited for the chance to review her latest novel, Southern Charmed. Just before receiving my review copy I saw a post by the author about how part of the proceeds from the sale of the book through Seagull Book were going to help with flood relief in Louisiana. This helped me appreciate the book even more knowing that it was helping a great cause. This had a bit of a different feel from a lot of Melanie's other books. It wasn't bad different, but I wasn't totally sure how I felt about it. The premise was fun-enemies (of a sort) meeting again, and then seeing if they could overcome their past to be friends (or more) with mom pushing for a relationship. The first re-meet was awkward for Lila but very enjoyable as a reader. I got a bit caught up on how a lot of focus went toward what had happened at a dance many years before. When the details finally came out, I was surprised that Lila had already forgiven Max. Of course, that was good, but it was strange since it seemed like she still dwelt on it and then the matter was suddenly over. The ending was very sweet. I liked Lila's role as a teacher. She was very good and definitely went the extra mile. I'm not sure that I liked Max. He did make up for his career driven-ness at the end though. 3.5 Stars
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    This book has made it in my top favorite 5 love stories along with Melanie Jacobson's "The List". It does not disappoint. I read the first chapter on her website and was IMMEDIATELY needing to read it. I bought it a few days later with money that should've been saved. Let me just tell you it was worth every penny. It's everything you need in a love story, hope, memories of the past, undeniable connection, and an unsolvable future. I just have to say that I cannot wait for the next one but "Southern Charmed" is going to be hard to beat.
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    I loved every bit of this amazing book!
    Cathy J
    Melanie Jacobson has such a way with writing contemporary romance. I love the way that she writes her book. I have each and every one of the books she has written and I wouldn't part with them for anything. There aren't many other authors that I could say the same thing about. And this book is just as amazing as any of the other ones! I LOVE Lila in this book. I love her strength. I love that even though she was raised as a "Southern Belle," she is spending her career teaching high school in an area that is known for it's poverty. And she is an amazing teacher, I love the way that she takes these kids under her wings to give them wings to fly and make their lives better. I especially love the way that she is with Kiana, just thinking about the things that she did for her brings a tear to my eye. So sweet! I love that this whole story is from Lila's perspective. That means that for some of the parts, even the reader gets a surprise. When you see the story from multiple perspectives, sometimes you lose that sense of surprise. I really loved the way this one was written. Everything, even down to the way it ended was a surprise. I had no idea just what was going to happen for Lila. Max...what about Max. Max is amazing! I loved that you really don't know his true motives for having to returned to Baton Rouge, a city he had hated as a teenager, until way late in the plot. I love the way he was a gentleman in everything he did, and how he realized his mistakes throughout the whole book and was continually trying to fix them and make himself better. The whole plot of this one was great. I loved every bit of it, and especially the ending! This is a cute, clean, fun romance that I didn't want to put down, even when it ended. I still kind of want to know just what happened in both Lila and Max's lives. That's the mark of a great book to me, the way that it sucks you in, even after the story is over! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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