Monday, August 25, 2014

Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler - Review


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Life is full of choices, good, bad, and the ones you can’t control. Raegan is perfect in every way, but what happens when life occurs? By day, Raegan is a typical high school student, but at three o’clock, her real work begins.
Varsity cheerleader, honor student, and proud granddaughter of the Lowery Farm, what happens when appearances are not what they seem?
Will Raegan be able to hold on to her life or will she be left with nothing? All of these thoughts change with one night, one song, one story, and one boy.

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“Good evening, Mr. Lowery,” Emmett says calmly, but the expression on his face looks like he’s ready to about-face and run as I peek around the kitchen corner.
“Emmett, come in,” Grandaddy says flatly, and I try to resist the urge to giggle. They make their way into the foyer. “Rae will be out in just a minute, but I wanted to talk to you first.”
“Yes, sir,” Emmett replies.
“I expect you to take care of her, Emmett Bridges. She’s a good girl, and I love her more than life itself. If you hurt her, by God, I’ll make you wish you never stepped foot back into Pleasant Hill. Got it?”
“Yes, sir.”
“A’ight. Now, have her home by eleven.”
“Will do, Mr. Lowery.”
“Sunshine!” Grandaddy hollers. “Emmett’s here.”
On that cue, I walk into the foyer to meet him. When I round the corner, I see him standing there in a pair of jeans and a fitted polo, holding a bouquet of daisies. I feel as if the world stops spinning when I see him. A smile spreads across his face, but I can see he’s trying to refrain from a real reaction with Grandaddy standing there.
“You look gorgeous, Raegan,” Emmett states as his smile continues to grow.

My Review

The title describes this book perfectly…. Southern Perfection! This book was one I didn’t want to put down; I wanted to devour it from start to finish. I can relate to this book a lot more than some of the others I read because I know what it is like to grow up in the South. (although I wasn’t raised on a farm) I felt like I could relate to Raegan. She wasn’t one of those characters that you get annoyed with… trust me I have read plenty of those.

Raegan isn’t perfect and definitely doesn’t have the ideal life. She lost her parents and her grandmother when she was younger. She currently lives with her granddaddy, who is her life. There is a special bond that is developed between a granddaughter and her grandfather and I thought this book portrayed that bond perfectly. I loved how he always referred to Raegan as ‘Sunshine’. She truly brightened his life on a daily basis and she felt the same about him. He was all she had left and they supported each other at all cost.

The dynamics between Raegan, Cole and Emmett were great. I was worried throughout the story that there may be more between Raegan and Cole than what we were originally led to believe. As you can tell, I am a huge Emmett fan! I loved Emmett from the very beginning…. Back to the stuffed rabbit! It was wonderful that their bond was put into place at such a young age and then grew when he came back into town.

**Spoiler Alert**
(I try not to put spoilers in my reviews but this touched me so much I had to mention it)

I cried like a baby at the end. I recently lost my last surviving grandfather in June of this year. This story truly hit home for me and brought back so many of those memories.

Loved the story and will definitely recommend it to others.

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f3e43-caseypeelerAbout the Author

Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!


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