SMALL TOWN RUMORS is a slow burn contemporary story that I was pulled in to from the very first page. To be honest, I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it. I knew I would read it anyway, because I love Carolyn Brown, but the cover really pulled me in. I loved everything about this beautiful story and I’m excited to recommend it to my reading friends. Carolyn Brown always has a way of grabbing her readers and she never lets us go.  Rick is a Veteran who is scarred, both physically and emotionally. Jenny Sue grew up with a nose up in the air mother who never thought her daughter was good enough, pretty enough or smart enough to meet her standards.  Her mother was never happy with her.


SMALL TOWN RUMORS really takes a turn that will have you unable to put this beautiful story down. Neither Jennie Sue or Rick are looking for a relationship, but they can’t seem to ignore their growing feelings.  So here we have these two crossing paths and each time, there is a pull to see more of each other. This causes all sorts of rumors and gossip. Jennie Sue is already dealing with the fallout of her cleaning, working at a bookstore and living over the garage of her mother’s mortal enemies.  It was cute watching these two dance around their feelings for each other.


SMALL TOWN RUMORS is filled with twists and turns and had me staying up way too late one night to finish! I had to know where Carolyn Brown was taking us and what would happen to Rick and Jennie Sue. I really loved how the whole community came to Jennie Sue and Rick’s aid and only wanted them to feel loved and realize that they were home. There is so much heart in Carolyn’s writing that I’m always left with a huge smile on my face and my heart very happy. I could totally see SMALL TOWN RUMORS becoming a Hallmark movie and I would love to see it. All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I’ve known them for a long time. I would love to hang out with Nadine and Lettie . I’m sure they could teach me a thing or two and I know they would keep my laughing all day long! I love how Carolyn does that to me each and every time.


I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.




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, riding on a common bus and bearing two bounced alimony checks. In a town that thrives on gossip, Jennie’s fall from grace has shamed her mother, set the town buzzing, and caused old, jealous enemies to whisper in delight. They say she’s taken a job as a housekeeper, gotten a garage apartment, and might be crushing on Rick Lawson, a simple farmer with modest dreams.

As romance starts to bud, Jennie relishes what it means to follow her heart, find real new friends, and finally be herself—regardless of all the lying town chatter. But fate has another twist in store. Rumor has it that Jennie now stands to lose what matters most…unless she can convince Rick of one true thing—and that’s love.


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  1. Wonderful review Susan. I started reading Carolyn Brown last year so have not read this one, so many on her backlist that I need to read. This one sounds wonderful, just what I have come to expect from her.

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