My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Blurb: Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.
Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee—something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.
Sugar’s stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother’s seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather’s world.
In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….:
This is the kind of book I just love. It starts out like an excellent story of a woman struggling to come to terms with her recent divorce and move on with her life. She is befriended by her elderly neighbor, Sugar, who is one of my favorite book characters in a long time. She is also befriended by the queen bee of the moms in Sweet Apple, Heather. If that was all that there was to this book, it would be a good book.
But there is so much more to this book. People aren’t who they initially appear to be. Secrets come to light. And someone ends up dead. It was great. This was the first book of Karen White’s I’d read. It won’t be the last.
Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with a review copy.