Strawberry Lane: A Touching Texas Love Story #ARC #BookReview #NewBooks

Starri Knight is a big believer in fate. How else to explain the compelling connection she feels to the stranger she pulls out of a wrecked car on the very same road where her parents died twenty years earlier? Alongside Auntie Ona-May, the only mother she’s ever known, Starri saves Rusty O’Sullivan’s life—just as Ona-May once did when Starri was an orphaned babe. But convincing Rusty he has something to live for is going to take all of Starri’s faith in miracles . . .

Like a wish he hadn’t even known to make, Starri landed in Rusty’s life, filling him with a longing for a family . . . Then Jackson Landry, a new lawyer, turns up to present a surprise that will change the direction of his life: An inheritance from the father Rusty never knew—and the promise of the family he’d never had. It’s a lot for the hard-bitten loner to accept as love rushes into his life . . .

A sense of duty has Rusty heading to Honey Creek to deal with his father’s estate—and find his lost siblings. But having family is one thing, learning to love them is another. Good thing new friends are by his side to help him along the way.

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Not gonna lie; when I saw this book as a Goodreads giveaway I added it to my TBR list simply because of the title alone. You see, I grew up on Strawberry Lane myself and couldn’t resist. 🙂 I received an ARC from NetGalley and Zebra Books in exchange for an honest review; all opinions expressed are my own.

I’m not sure I’m the right demographic for this book, because I had a few issues with it. Set in the small town of Honey Creek, Texas, the community is full of dysfunctional characters. Most of the men objectify women, which made me cringe reading it. But maybe that was the point; these men featured in the story did not know any better because of the way they were raised.

There were many characters in the book, since this is the start of the Someday Valley series, and a few romances. One felt far-fetched, the other wholly unrealistic, and forget about the publisher blurb above: the book is barely based upon the description and Starri and Ona-May are hardly featured at all. The book is mainly about Rusty and Jackson.

I won’t say this is a bad book; I definitely wanted to find out more about these damaged people of Honey Creek. But I didn’t love the book enough to want to continue reading the rest of the series when it comes out.

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