SOUTHERN CHARMED by Melanie Jacobson. This was a darling read. I loved being in the South and having Lila show Max how great the South really was. I loved seeing the southern culture brought to life in a different way. Max and Lila's relationship was great from beginning to end. Lila' relationship with her students was heart-warming. There were a few details that came out as the book went on that made me have to rearrange the picture in my head. So, I either missed those details or it would have been nice to have it made clearer a bit earlier in the book. This is a fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone who loves a great book with some southern charm. It's a fantastic romance that anyone would love.
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Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she's proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn't take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president's son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South...and teenage Lila. After Max's family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost. When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.