Overview - From the author of The Happy Hour Choir comes a Romeo and Juliet story with Southern flair--witty, warm, and as complex and heart-wrenching as only love and family can be. For a century and a half, the Satterfield and McElroy farms have been separated by a narrow creek and a whole lot of bad blood. Read more...
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From the author of The Happy Hour Choir comes a Romeo and Juliet story with Southern flair--witty, warm, and as complex and heart-wrenching as only love and family can be.
For a century and a half, the Satterfield and McElroy farms have been separated by a narrow creek and a whole lot of bad blood. Both sides have done their share of damage. But the very worst crime either family can commit is to fall in love with the enemy. As teenagers, Romy Satterfield and Julian McElroy did exactly that. Then, on the night they were secretly married by a justice of the peace, Julian stood Romy up.
Ten years later, Romy is poised to marry the scion of one of Nashville's most powerful families. First she has to return home to Ellery to help her injured father--and to finalize her divorce. For Julian, seeing Romy again brings into relief the secrets he's kept and the poison that ran through his childhood. Romy has missed the farm and the unpretentious, downright nosy townsfolk. In spite of her efforts, she's also missed Julian. But though she suspects there's more to that long-ago night than Julian ever revealed, the truth will either drive her away for good, or reveal what is truly worth fighting for. . .
- ISBN-13: 9781617735707
- ISBN-10: 1617735701
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
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Kilpatrick (The Happy Hour Choir) transplants Shakespeare into West Tennessee with mixed success in this stand-alone contemporary. English teacher Rosemary "Romy" Satterfield returns to her family's farm and runs into Julian McElroy, her husband. Specifically, she runs into him with her fiancé's car. Killing Julian would have made Romy's McElroy-hating ancestors proud, but she feels a little bad about the encounter, since she once loved him. On the night they were supposed to elope, Julian said his vows and then broke her heart. Now it's 10 years later and she's over it; she just needs him to sign divorce papers so she can be free to marry Nashville millionaire Richard Paris, who doesn't knowyetthat Romy is married. The inauspicious collision between Julian and Romy leads to further encounters, and soon Romy is wondering whether she and Julian can work things out after all, and end the 150-year feud between the Satterfields and the McElroys. With numerous Shakespeare quotations and references that can be too cute by half (Romy and Julian, get it?), Kilpatrick wends her down-home sweet-tea way through some weighty themes, including spousal abuse. Fans of Southern contemporary romance will be charmed. (Nov.)