The Lilac Bouquet
Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth...more
It was interesting to discover that this story has the distinction of being both an early work and a later work by the author so there is a feel of her early writing and also the maturity of her latest writing efforts.
I would also like to point out that regular fans of Carolyn Brown might go in expecting her usual light, fun down ...more
I borrowed this in audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
By Carolyn Brown
The town of Hickory is rife with rumors and secrets that go back more than sixty years. The impact they have on the lives of the people living there, along with a love story, family feud, a new outlook on life and the discovery of long lost family form the basis of this story.
This story grabbed me within the first few pages. Emmy Jo is the central character in this story. She takes a job as an assistant to Seth Thomas, the town recluse to help pay for her wedding ...more
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This is the story of Emmy Jo Mason and her wish to not keep the Mason curse going with having children out of wedlock. She's loved only one man in her life and he is Logan Grady. She lives in the small town of Hickory where rumors and gossip are high on everyone's lips ... Not to mention secrets kept that will affect Emmy Jo and Logan's lives in the future.
The story begins with Emmy Jo, who decides to takes a job as an assistant to Seth Thomas, the town recluse to help pay for he ...more
Tandy is furious at her great granddaughter Emmy Jo. Emmy Jo has gone and taken a job working for the reclusive Seth Thomas. There has been bad blood between Seth and Tandy for over sixty years. Emmy won't back down because she is determined to have her dream wedding, even if Tandy doesn't like her fiancé. Emmy will prove to the town once and for all that a Massey woman, after three generations of children born out ...more
I've read CB before and have enjoyed her books. They're well written with a decent story that I can lose myself in for a few hours after the kids have gone to bed :)
I wanted to rate this more than 3.5 stars but in all honesty, I couldn't get past one of the characters. Tandy (Emmy Jo's great grandmother) was a real bitch 60 odd years ago and she's stil ...more
I honestly can’t remember the last time I was so elated to get a book. As Carolyn Brown is one of my favorite authors, I couldn’t believe my luck at getting the opportunity of reviewing an advanced copy of The Lilac Bouquet. Confession time- the first time I read through it, I forgot I was supposed to review it. I was so engrossed in the story, I just didn’t look at from an “I need to do a write-up for this” aspect. So I waited a bit and reread it, and it was still so good, I got even more out o...more
Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old ...more
First, I hate the cover. Yes, it is nice but I expected more from Montlake Romance. To this reader, it looks like someone went and purchased a stock photo, threw on some text and that was it. The cover is generic and does not show any promise to a good story.
I should have taken my opinion of the cover and not wasted my time reading this book. I found problems with the story very early.
First problem. In location 729 it states the follow ...more
I look forward to listening to more of Carolyn Brown.
Go Cards! L1C4!!
Her great-grandmother, Tandy, is absolutely opposed. She wants the child she raised when her granddaughter died going nowhere near Seth Thomas. Of co ...more
Emmy comes from a line of strong women that have made mistakes and continued their reputations of being on the wrong side of the tracks. Set in a small town where everyone knows everything before you even do it, the story is about a young woman on the verge of getting married. Her family has been at odds with her love's family for generations and both sides oppose the union. Emmy is determined to marry not only f ...more
So I've read several books by this author and have enjoyed them all however, this by far my favorite. Maybe it's because I fell in love with Emmy Jo and Seth or because I have a soft spot for the elderly and a high sense of right and wrong and I loved how Emmy Jo was so passionate about the injustices that Seth and his family suffered at the hands of others. It's a great story about love, friendship, kindness and forgiveness.
Emmy Jo Massey is a young woman who comes from a family of unwed mothers. Emmy is determined on getting married to her fiance, Logan Grady, so the whole town will know about it. The problem is that their great-grandparents are part of a long time feud, which includes the town recluse, Seth Thomas. These three won't be in the same room together, much less ...more
This felt like two teenagers (but they're in their 20's) confusing a mutual love of sex and cheeseburgers for actual love. And the rest is people who spent a lifetime holding a grudge and living full of hate. Overall, the story wasn't particularly moving, but wasn't terrible.