Penny Reid's characters are always extremely appealing. I love every one of the girls in the knitting group. Janie, Elizabeth, Sandra, and now Ashley have all had their stories told and I can't wait for the next one! Ashley was perfect as the only daughter of 7 children who goes back home to Tennessee to tend to her dying mother. We see her at her most vulnerable moments and we see how family and true friendship can keep you going in even the darkest of times. It was beautiful to see her friends rally together in her time of need and to see her begin to bond once again with her brothers. The brothers themselves were a hoot. True southern bearded rednecks who were both adorable and hilarious. Just visualizing a family photo with them all surrounding Ashley makes me chuckle. Then, of course, we have our main man Drew. And he is dishy, if that is a word. I wasn't sure I would be attracted to this character because of the whole facial hair theme but Drew was hot. I was able to completely overlook the fuzz.
The plot was engaging. There was the serious side when dealing with Ashley's dying mom and then her deadbeat dad, the romantic relationship that developed with Drew, and the always present snarky humor that has me laughing out loud every time I read one of these books. From yarn hoarding issues to panty parties, these books are the perfect getaway. You will close every one of them feeling fantastic.