When I received this book from TLC Book Tours, I knew it was the second in a series and that the first one had received a lot of praise. Lowcountry Stranger is Ashley Farley's second Sweeney Sisters novel and it appears from Amazon, that their popularity is growing.
The three Sweeney sisters each have their own set of problems to deal with. They are a close knit family and turn to each other often. From marriage to a heart attack to a kidnapping and a hostage situation, this book offers plenty of drama that these characters must get through.
Farley's novel is perhaps one for those who need a break from reality. Although the crises they encounter are certainly stressful for them, I had no doubt that this novel would end with a happily ever after type of ending. And it did. I think that is what appeals to fans of these books.
Within the first few pages I became aware of the departure from reality in these books. Faith is marrying a doctor, Mike, and refers to the fact that just eleven months ago she was still married to an abusive husband. I found it impossible to believe that in that span of time she managed to leave him, divorce him, fall in love again and remarry (never mind dealing with the emotional aspect of being abused by a spouse). Most of the novel reads this way, as though things are always a little too nicely tied up and life is always going to end happily.
Despite my having a problem with that, I didn't hate this book and did want to know how problems were resolved. And, I may be the lone dissenter. Amazon reviews are nearly all favorable for these novels.
I'd love to know what other readers of Lowcountry Stranger think. I'm thankful to TLC for providing a copy of this novel for me to review, and as always, all opinions are expressed are my own.