Carolyn Brown absolutely blew me away with this epically beautiful story. Days after reading it it is still as if I am wrapped in its power. I cried, I giggled, I sobbed and I guffawed, this book had it all. I've come to expect great things from this author and she more than lived up to anything I could have hoped for. This is the type of book you rave to your friends about, tell your relatives they have to read and mention to your coworkers because you don't want them to miss out on it. Emmy Jo Massey and her great granny Tandy are absolute masterpieces not because they are perfect but because they are perfectly painted. They are so alive, so full of flaws and spunk and determination. I loved witnessing their little battles. They love was practically palatable, but that didn't mean everything was smooth. Emmy Jo's young man is about the sweetest young man you could come across and yet when he stands up to his cantankerous old grandfather I imagine he could be as stubborn as anyone else in their small town. Seth stole my heart and discovering his mother's story and in return his at times made my heart hurt but in the end it made my heart feel whole. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. In fact I suggest you actually not just get a copy for yourself but for someone you love so,that they can enjoy it too.
Emmy Jo Massey is determined to stop her family's curse. She wants to be the first woman in her family to be married and then have a family, and she doesn't want a small wedding she wants the biggest celebration that the whole town can't ignore. To help make her dreams come true she accepts a job with an elderly patient. But by taking the job she plans and finding out just why the three oldest members of the town hate each other so much.
Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.
Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn’t want a “babysitter”—much less a Massey—something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan’s grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future…