by Debby Mayne
Series: Bucklin Family Reunion #1
Published by Gilead Publishing
Publication Date March 13, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction
Setting: Mississippi Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy
Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama's family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.
The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.
Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Fit to Be Tied
I wasn’t sure what to expect from High Cotton or the author. I really liked the way the story was told from the perspectives of four different women in the Bucklin family of varying ages and life stages. The dynamics of this large Southern family made for an enjoyable reading experience. Each of the four women dealt with a crisis in her life.
Shay’s love for her family despite their eccentricities and the way they hounded her about the fact she was an old maid was quite admirable. She got to know Sally and Sara, her younger twin cousins and ended up sharing her condo and her knowledge about life and cooking and buying property with them. Her conflict was related to relationships and work.
Sally was one of Shay’s twin cousins. She had always done everything with her sister, Sara but change was on the horizon. Navigating this change and learning to develop her identity apart from Sarah was critical for her to accomplish.
Puddin’, Shay’s sister-in-law, had a secret she had kept from her husband out of fear that he wouldn’t approve. Despite their deep love for each other, she was afraid to trust that he would not get mad.
Missy felt that her husband just didn’t listen to her anymore. He didn’t seem to hear her or to care about the things that were important to her. It was so sad when she won the chili contest and none of her family was there to celebrate, and especially when her husband didn’t even seem to respond when she told him.
These four women needed to learn to trust the Lord through their conflicts and fears. Though the story didn’t speak much about their faith, there was a definite thread of it throughout the story.
The way the story was told was comfortable and friendly. The characters were enjoyable and the story was very well written.