From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems....
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.
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.
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...
"The Playing Fields Blog: Observation of Suburban Life from Sweet Apple, Georgie; Written by Your Neighbor"
There is a lot of info in the first bit of this book! Smart, sassy, small town with drama.
a fun and intriguing story. There were times I wanted to put it down
when it dragged just a bit but the author made it so I really wanted to
see the relationships grow, the memories expanded on and the mystery
The Night the Lights Went Out was told from a three
different viewpoints: Sugar (young and old), Merilee and a anonymous
blogger. The blog brought in insight and lots of humor; so did Sugar.
She's quite a character (in all sense of the word). She's strong,
stubborn Southern woman who knows her own mind and will. But her facade,
and secrets, slip away as a newly-divorced mother of two rents out her
old home behind where she now lives.
Merilee is fresh of a divorce
and painful relationship when she meets Sugar and "the love interest (I
heard a man's deep voice draw that out...)." Lucky for Merilee, one of
Sweet Apple's favorite daughters is there to scoop her up and take care
of her "because that's what friends are for!."
This is a story of
relationships on all ends of the spectrum and it was enjoyable to watch
the build up of where the grenade finally went off.
I would read another of Ms. White's books!
L: a few swear words
V: a murder and fight at the end
Thanks to netgalley for the early read!