High Cotton by Debby Mayne Review



Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama’s family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.

Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.

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My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed getting to know the characters of this book. Each character is facing their own challenge and looks with apprehension towards the upcoming family reunion.

The story is set in the south and the author includes a lot of southern references (sweet tea, biscuits, and “high cotton”). I really enjoyed this setting as I’m a Pennsylvania native but love visiting the southern states…southern hospitality is very special.

The writing style flowed easily and the pacing was good. I loved the family dynamics. The reunion scene was definitely my favorite part of the book. Anyone who has been to a family reunion would be able to relate to the wild and crazy antics that occur in these scenes. The story has sweet moments, sad moments, a few twists, and many funny moments.

This book was a nice change from some heavier historical books I’ve been reading. It was a lot of fun.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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