Monday, June 1, 2015

I'll Stand By You by Sharon Sala

Book Description:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala brings new meaning to family in her small-town Southern romance

No one is alone
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she’s weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

As long as there is love to give
Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that…

My Thoughts:
Sala is always a great read.  Dori has had her share of issues but always thought that she had good neighbors that would help her.  Johnny has always been on the wrong side of the tracks and no one ever expected anything good out of him.  When Dori's house burns and she and her child need a place to stay, none of the 'friends' jump to help her, but Johnny does.  Through a twisted set of events, the two come together and figure out that they can rely on each other through the hard times.
This story kept me interested from start to finish.  I had an idea of what was going to happen, but what I thought would happen usually wasn't the case.  I liked both Johnny and Dori, they were great characters and the kids just added to the greatness.  I really felt sorry for Dori as everything was happening and her 'friends' turned out to be the ones that she couldn't rely on.  Johnny was a great guy with a big heart.  This one is staying on my 'keeper' shelf.
It was absolutely a 5/5!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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