Monday, July 1, 2013



   When Beth Michaels high tailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral.

  There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating. #1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type. #2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal. #3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem. Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.

   Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior. His own … Sweet Contradiction


Gosh where to start… I really enjoyed this book.  It tugs at a bunch of different heart strings.  Quick read, or maybe it just had me pulled in.   I enjoyed the atmosphere of the book as well, warm welcoming and wild at moments.
Small town girl raised under the menacing thumb of a father who used his extreme religious beliefs to scare, abuse, and torture his own daughter.   
18 years was quite enough for Elizabeth and she high tailed it out of there, traveling around here and there working odds and ends to cover her expenses.  Carefree and on her own agenda, that is until she gets the message of tragedy that has taken place back home, the one person that could bring her back to that town that held so many hideous nightmarish memories was her best friend Jen.
Beth hits town later than planned hoping to skirt through without incident… Not happening.
First stop in town to grab some flowers and freshen up she is confronted with her past,  but saved by a new stranger… a handsome stranger that has “out of my league” written all over him.
Beth is shortly there- after faced with decisions she is not fond of… the last 4 years have been spent moving on and not sticking around anywhere, for any one .
Now faced with a friend who needs her to stay, and a past that has blurred her view and acceptance of faith, religion, and her desire to have a stable future.  
A steady flow of emotions from start to finish.  If you can relate to Small towns, County Fairs, and Barn Dances  then I think you will enjoy this book as much as I have. 
I’m only left with one unanswered question, but I think it will be answered in the follow up to this in Jen and Hunters story.
This book is live July 13th so throw this sweet read on Your TBR and snatch it up once its available!


1. My "inspiration" really came in the form of wanting to be an example for my children. I have an amazing husband who kept encouraging me to do whatever I felt in my heart I could do, and not to give up. I wanted to show my kids that even though I home school, stay at home every day being a mom and a wife, that I still had it in me to reach for some of my goals and dreams. Being a mom and a wife is the most fulfilling "job" I've ever had, but I'm still a person aside from that who has goals and aspirations, and I don't think anyone should have to make a trade off ... it's all about balance.

2. They aren't based off of real people or anything that happened in my life, but some of the ideas are based loosely on things I've witnessed & some things I detest.

3. A.C. will definitely come to light in Jen & Hunter's story, since the story behind that affected Hunter the most of all the Wright brothers and played a pivotal part in what happens at the end of Sweet Contradiction.



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