Review: Annie England Noblin’s Just Fine with Caroline
To read or not to read? Shelf Pleasure’s quick take on Annie England Noblin’s Just Fine with Caroline….
HarperCollins (October 11, 2016)
By: Jackie Kimmel
All families have secrets, but those secrets are harder to keep when you live in a small town. Annie England Noblin’s sophomore novel Just Fine with Caroline embodies this truth. The light-hearted novel details the life of Cold River townie Caroline O’Conner, the 25-year-old local bait shop owner. Caroline left college just shy of graduating to come home and run the family’s shop all while caring for her mother who was stricken with Alzheimer’s and her father who is often busy working as the local physician.
The Cranwells, an infamous Ozark-based family, have always been the town’s center for gossip and scandal in Cold River; so the story light’s up when Noah Cranwell returns to re-open his family’s general store right across from the bait shop. Cranwell’s presence in town sparks long-held secrets that come to life after being dormant for decades. This wistful novel covers the trials of life-long friendships and the nerve-wracking emotions that come with new romances. This book is a quick read with relatable characters and a hometown feel. Perfect for anyone who wants a touch of small-town comradery.
Jackie Kimmel is a writer who lives in Colorado. She is the former editor of several publications including: RV Trade Digest Magazine, The Morning Bridge, The Sky Report, Tusk Magazine and The Daily Titan Newspaper. She has loved reading since she was very young and prefers biographical, historical and chick-lit books. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Jackie_Kimmel.
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