*I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
So, first of all, I am in LOVE with the Bayou Dreams series! Set in quaint Gauthier Louisiana, I always imagine it so picturesque and small town, where everyone knows everyone else by first name (and they know all your business, but you don’t really mind). Most of all, I love how close knit the communities and the business owners are, from The Jazzy Bean to Harlan’s, it’s like there’s not even competition for business… that is if folks don’t shop in nearby bustling Maplesville.
Paxton Jones seemed like a haunted character. Everything she does in her life harkens back to proving she is ‘good enough’ to be around the same people she’s known her whole life. Her past as the child of a single mother who grew up on the wrong side of the train tracks has tainted her view of her hometown and her childhood crush Sawyer, former captain of the football team, current engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers and Paxton’s partner in designing a flood protection system for the city of Gauthier.
I never thought I would find such things interesting, but I read with rapt attention as Farrah went into deep descriptive detail about what a flood protection system does, how it does it and what can happen when it fails. Having watched Hurricane Katrina unfold before my eyes, I can only imagine how harrowing the flood experience can be to experience it in real life.
I felt less connected to Sawyer, maybe becaus Paxton’s story seemed so much more emotional. I felt for him but I didn’t fall for him like I fell for Matt Gauthier. I felt a bit removed from his character, but he wasn’t an unlikeable one. Because I didn’t really connect with Sawyer, I had a hard time really buying into the romance, especially knowing that Paxton was leaving soon. I am not a love ’em and leave ’em, Vacationship, temporary lover kind of person, so I get uncomfortable with it’s obvious that one person is going to fall for the other, but the narrative is that it’s nothing serious. And especially when Sawyer starts to catch feelings and Paxton is entirely more concerned about her job.
What Farrah Rochon does best is pick you up and plant you in the story. I always feel like I am standing on a street corner watching conversations; sitting at a table and joining in on the joking; a fly on the wall during some steamy steamy HAWT love scenes. This was a great read just because it was from Farrah, but also because it’s another visit to one of my favorite fictional hometowns.
If you like small towns and hearts reconnecting, this book is for you!