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Small Town Rumors

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,238 ratings  ·  417 reviews

From New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a funny heartache of a novel about overcoming the past, confronting the future, and defying all expectations.

Everyone is talking about Jennie Sue Baker and the mess she made of her life in New York. The former high school queen bee—and wealthy darling of Bloom, Texas—has returned home after all these years, ridin

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Donna Repsher Start anywhere-- I did, and I fell in love with this author and her books. Luckily, she's written a lot of them, and they are my go-to when I want a…moreStart anywhere-- I did, and I fell in love with this author and her books. Luckily, she's written a lot of them, and they are my go-to when I want a sweet, sensitive, and totally enjoyable small-town read. (less)

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Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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SMALL TOWN RUMORS by Carolyn Brown is a contemporary romance perfect for a summer read in the shade of a big old tree with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. It is a sweet romance with wonderful characters and a small town setting. This was my first book from this author, but it will definitely not be my last.

Jennie Sue Baker has returned to Bloom, Texas. The minute she steps off the bus, the local café is buzzing with rumors about
Tina Woodbury
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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The title of this book says it all – rumors, rumors, rumors. Gossip runs wild in the little town of Bloom, Texas. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor – everyone is fair game.

Jennie Sue Baker’s marriage is over and she is left with nothing. She has no choice but to flee New York back to her parents’ home in Bloom, Texas. She has been groomed all of her life to be a wife and serve on charities and committees. She tried that in N
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Carolyn Brown Fans, Romance
3.25 Give Them Something to Talk About Stars
* * * 1/4
Before Social Media, before the Internet and before Cell phones, there was a way towns entertained themselves with hot gossip...Yes, back in the day the OG way to spread rumor was the Party-line...
What you say, what the heck was that...It was a land line phone where people shared the use of the line. You could pick up the receiver and hear other conversations happening by those you were sharing it... so listening in was a thing.

Oh, there wer
Donna Hines
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Small town rumor mill gossip is no match for Jennie Sue Baker who is on a triumphant return to Bloom Texas-- So be prepared, because she's back!
A New York high school queen returns to fall in love with Rick Lawson after a dismal marriage left her seeking fulfillment.
However, Rick lives a modest lifestyle not quite suited for cavier dreams.
The problem is will Rick be convinced of the desire for romance before he loses out on love?
When her ex husband is caught and charged for a crime by Feds we
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"On a slow day, gossip hung over the town like smoke in an old western honky-tonk. On a good day, in the opinion of the community, it obliterated the sun."

This time, Carolyn Brown is taking us to the small town of Bloom, Texas where Jennie Sue Baker, the ex-wife of a rich man will have the tongues wagging when she come back in town, after the jerk ran off with a bag of diamonds and another woman and temporary take a post as a cleaning lady for a couple of folks.

Not everyone is happy to see Jenn
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars: A wonderful book filled with love, family, small towns and new beginnings. This book made me laugh and cry. Loved it!

Jennie Sue slinks off the bus. She knows the minute her feet hit the concrete that the small town of Bloom, Texas will be abuzz with gossip. She is right because at the moment, Cricket, a waitress at the local cafe is snapping pictures of Jennie Sue, eager to share them with all the locals, especially since Jennie Sue looks terrible. Jennie Sue was rich and popular bac
This is a new to me author and I really liked the idea of small town and the possibilities of a rumor spreading around town and the way that would/might influence decision making. For some reason, that's what I thought was going to happen for Jennie Sue and Rick. But that's not what ended up happening. Instead what I got was the operational flow of rumors and a good first half story. I don’t know what happened but the story’s second half was repetitive, stilted dialogue with what I felt was unre ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.

Small Town Rumors is like many of Carolyn Browns books, I love when she writes about people in small towns it's something she does very well. I really liked Jennie Sue and how she stood up to her mother and finally starts to live her own life. I really do love how over the top the characters were in this story, it made me laugh. I like Rick for Jennie Sue and Jennie Sue for Rick, they were overall a good match. I liked that we got
Just 100% not the book for me. Full review on its way.
Jennie Sue left Bloom, Texas as the “it girl”. Wealthy, well-mannered, social standout she’s gone to New York with her husband, bound to make a splash. But now, her husband outed as a lying, cheating thief, she’s back in Bloom, in her mother’s house, with a marriage that’s fallen apart, no direction and a handful of alimony cheques that are tagged ‘Insufficient Funds”. Of course, Jennie Sue wasn’t prepared for her fall from grace, and she’s never really been her own person – from her mother’s ir ...more
Debra Oliva
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jennie Sue Baker returns to Bloom, Texas on the bus! Since her family is wealthy and has their own plane, that is grist for the small town rumor mill. Then she has a disagreement with her mother on her future plans – her mother wants her to find another husband - but Jenny Sue wants a job now that she has divorced her cheating thieving abusive husband and graduated from college.
Jenny Sue goes into town and accepts a temporary job cleaning house for her mother’s arch-enemies and moves into a sma
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Small Town Rumors took me by surprise with its genuine and wonderful characters. This was overall a sweet and charming read and presented everything I love about small town stories. Admittedly, at first, I was taken aback by the gossip and small-mindedness of the town’s people, but fortunately, there were more layers to these characters. Thanks to Jennie-Sue’s personality, who was so kind, humble and determined, she was able to open the eyes of many of the main protagonists.
It might seem like th
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a perfect summer read...well really a perfect anytime read! Especially since it is set in a small Texas town where rumors and gossip abound. The book has funky characters, some tension between the "haves" and the "have-nots", and family drama that will keep you entertained from beginning to the end. It is also a love story and knowing what you want and don't want to ensure a happy life going forward.

If you enjoy romance, laughter, and small town charm, you'll enjoy this book!
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know where all these high ratings are coming from. Preteens maybe? Or elderly women who only like to read about other elderly women reminiscing about people we don't know? And the dialogue was horrrrrrrrible! It felt like this story was written by a child, trying to imagine what adults would say.
This story is sloooooow, and there is way too much history given via conversation about things like great grandparents (who cares? We're here for the living characters! When are they going to do
Jul 01, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, contemporary
DNF-ed at 62%. Way too slow moving, and the characters' speech patterns were starting to really grate on me. Not sure Jennie Sue had any flaws at all beyond indecisiveness...I almost didn't blame Cricket for her suspicions about her, even though most of the book is from Jennie Sue's POV and we know from that fact that she's really just that nice.

Obviously it's just me...everyone else seems to enjoy the book. This is my first book from this author; the jury is still out about trying another.
Angela Kirsti
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Trite. Every time I tried imagining actual people saying the dialogue, my mind just conjures up a horrible middle school play or little girls playing with Barbies trying to act out what they think adult conversations are like. The best parts of the book are Lettie and Nadine, who actually resemble real, interesting people.
From the moment Jennie Sue gets off the bus in her West Texas small home town, she knows the rumors are flying. Her rich, snooty mother's 'Don't give the neighbors anything to talk about' is about to be blown up big when Jennie Sue is determined to start over and doesn't care what the tongues are wagging about. It's Carolyn Brown and its small town. I was all in for a feisty and fun summer read.

Small Town Rumors follows the story of Jennie Sue as she decides to come back home from the big city s
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that hit all of my happy points. I love books that involve farms and really get down and dirty times. This book has a farm and a bit of high society as well. I have never read a book by Carolyn Brown before and I really enjoyed this one. I will definitely be looking her up again.

This is a sweet story about a small town in Texas and their desire for gossip. Everything that goes on in this town everyone else knows about. It has gotten to the point where some people spend their tim
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough about this wonderful, funny, heart wrenching, witty story. Carlyon Brown takes her readers on adventure in a small town rife with rumours about what has brought Jennie Sue Baker back to her hometown of Bloom from New York... Her mother is keeping secrets, her dad is trying to keep secrets, but everyone in town knows what he is up too. Jennie Sue is just trying to live with what is true and to hell what her mother what to keep covered up. When she starts to hang out with what h ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is what happens when you are stuck in an airport without a book. This is ridiculous. It isn’t fun to read simple sentences and cheap, shallow character development. What woman would write “You are too pretty to work. You can stay right here and do whatever you ladies do all day. Your mama will take care of your time, and I’ll start a bank account for you tomorrow.” (p.8)? How many people literally toss keys in the air and have tears running onto their shirts? Not so many that it’s worth usi ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Carolyn Brown and I really enjoyed most of this book, the southern small town life. The dialogue between characters. The relationships that were built. There were a lot of funny moments in this book but some real heartaching ones as well, which I was really wasn't expecting. And soooo much food, I was craving everything while reading this book. There is some romance in this book but it's not overpowering. All in all I liked this book and would recommend it t ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, I really liked the story but just wasn't a huge fan of the plodding along of the development. I was super tired of the rumor.
I didn't like her mother and her dad was honest about stuff but it didn't make it right. However, Jennie does get her mother's attempts at reconciliation which was nice.

I also liked that I didn't have the entire intimate moments spelled out for me. I can get pretty turned on with just some sweet moments or throw someone in the creek foreplay. lol
Rick was kind of di
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
It's been a lot of years since I read a Carolyn Brown book. She was one of the few authors I found at the library (before I got into the ebook scene) that I knew was going to be clean. I picked this up on KindleUnlimited to see how it compared.
It's definitely got a lot of the elements I remember from her earlier books, but I liked that this one wasn't a girl-and-guy-hate-each-other-and-fight-and-fight-and-fight-and-then-kiss book. The progression of their relationship felt more realistic to me t
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it

This was a good read. It's a book that has some very sad moments, but hope and life prevails. It'll make you'll make you cry...and it'll keep you invested.

My only critique is that, at times, some of the plot seems to have quick resolution for problems that seem much more serious -- but it was still a good read.

Overall, I liked it for a summer read.
Peggy Jaeger
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Carolyn Brown's books and SMALL TOWN RUMORS was no exception. The story unfolds perfectly and the characters, as always, are fully drawn, lovable, and worthy to be you very own BFF! The one thing about this book that seemed off to me was the dialogue. The story is written in the here and now but I felt - at times - some fo the younger characters ( mostly the hero and heroine) were speaking dialogue more indicative of the 1950's and 60's.
That's not a dig of the book, tho, just and observat
Shannon wood
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book to lift your spirit.

I needed to read a feel good book because life had been tough lately. I found it in this book. It is a love story but mixed with so many other stories that it isn't a sappy one. The characters gave so much life to the book and the elderly sisters were perfect in their relationship with each other. An extremely good book to read.
Kim Vanravenswaay
Carolyn Brown always writes such humorous books. There are a couple of little old ladies that makes Small Town Rumors, funny as all get out. Rick doesn't play a front role part in the book, but enough to make it a romance. The story is mainly about Jennie Sue.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I normally despise 'small town' romances but this was lovely. The characters came alive on the page and the story flowed naturally. Even the 'nosey' older women were believable and - rare in a lot of 'small town' stories - thoroughly likeable.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this small town romance full with humor. I stayed late in the night just to finish reading.
Perfect read for all seasons. More on my blog
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was honestly so dull I just wanted it to end from the start
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