Saturday, May 12, 2012

Spring Chickens by Margaret Ethridge

Bram and Lynne's book

Spring Chickens

By Margaret Ethridge

Book Blurb:
You don't have to be a spring chicken to fall in love.

The residents of Heartsfield, Arkansas think Lynne Prescott has it all. The wealthy suburban divorcee captures everyone's attention when she blows into town to dispose of the family farm. But her nosy new neighbors don't know she ran away from home.

Bram Hatchett's interest in buying the land adjoining his farm is yesterday's news, but the handsome widower's inability to contain his attraction to the land's beautiful owner quickly becomes fodder for the local gossip mill.

A rickety old porch and a disturbing decrease in the poultry population bring them together—but with wagging tongues and grown children against them, Lynne's inclination toward flight comes smack against Bram's aversion to fight. Can they whittle away the secrets of the past in order to scratch out a future together?

I just finished reading the dark Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh so I really need a light & refreshing sweet book to read and let me tell you, Spring Chickens hit that mark. I adored it. 

I'm a sucker for a southern man with their drawl and gentlemanly manners. Oh boy, Bram had it all. He loves and respects his mama, dotes on his daughter and he can flirt without being obnoxious. I think I kinda fell in love with him. Bram is just such a man! Here is a typical man line from Bram and why my cheeks hurt from smiling, 

"Did you get lonely?" she asked, a teasing smile flirting with the corners of her lips.
"I wanted to get a look at your garage."

Bram and Lynne are a mature couple (age 50 yrs) and Margaret Ethridge has created her characters no less sexier or flawed than any twenty something couple. Bram with his Paul Newman good looks and Lynne with her mile high legs were instantly attracted to each other. (Ok so maybe Bram noticed Lynne's sports car first) (told ya he is such a man)

Lynne the city girl, reeling from a painful divorce, inherited her aunt's farm in Arkansas and uses the opportunity to run away from Chicago and her pain. She begins to use this time away to reflect on her life, her family and what she really wants to do to move forward. Finding Bram is a real boost to her self esteem as she slowly starts to see her true worth. 

Bram is stuck. As a widower to the only woman he ever loved, he really seems to take life one day at a time. Bram has a wonderful family. You immediately fall in love with his dad and develop a comfy home feeling of warmth and love with his mom. I'd love to pull up a chair sit around their dinner table anytime. 

Bram and Lynne quickly develop a friendly camaraderie as he welcomes her to Heartsfield by repairing her porch rotting floor boards. Over the death of a baby chick, dinner and peach cobbler, their attraction clearly becomes mutual as they start to fall head over heels with each other. This attraction is not what some other people of the town want and a devious and envious makeup representative in her big pink car set out to put a wedge in their burgeoning relationship. I giggled as what she would do to keep them apart.

The town folk of Heartsfield seem to be a character all their own. With the gossip vine in full force Lynne gives them something new to talk about. It's not every day they see a woman who's purse cost more than a tractor tire. 

Spring Chickens is just the perfect read to smile, sit back and enjoy a great story. If you love the south, a manly man and great banter between a couple, Spring Chickens is a great escape. 

Teasers: avian black widow, sexy daddy, healing power of a new relationship, bunny love


Julie said...

Excellent review! I couldn't agree more. Spring Chickens is definitely one of those feel-good kind of stories. You can never go wrong with a Margaret Ethridge book! :)

Laurie said...

I really enjoyed Spring Chickens as well. I agree, Bram's family is sweet, especially his mom and dad. Love that even though he is fifty, his folks still give him advice about love and life.
The chemistry between Bram and Lynne was great. Who says 50 year olds can't be sexy and attractive?
Definitely a sweet and enjoyable read.

Anonymous said...

This sounds cute--I'll have to check it out!

Unknown said...

Julie and Laurie, so glad you loved it as much as I did!

Scientist - Let me know how you like it!

Margaret said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review!