Puzzle Pieces by Betsy Brannon Green
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Presley DeGraff is a young woman on the run. With nothing but the clothes on her back, her escape from the ruthless manipulations of her former fiancé leaves her with little time to hide. There is only one person to whom she can turn, only one place she may be safe . . . Haggerty, Georgia, is known for its Southern hospitality and quirky inhabitants. For Presley, her Aunt Violet’s home in the tiny town is a lifesaving haven. Her aunt, along with a cast of delightful friends and neighbors, warmly welcomes her. For the first time in so long, she feels hope—a hope that hinges on hiding her past. But the dreams of solitude that she had envisioned quickly fade when a disturbing discovery is made in her aunt’s backyard: a human skeleton. At the first hint of crime, Haggerty’s own amateur sleuth, Miss Eugenia, is on the case. Along with handsome Haggerty resident Mac and sprightly ninety-nine-year-old Loralee, Presley is quickly drawn into a mystery spanning generations of Haggerty’s history. But when news coverage of the investigation digs up Presley’s own secrets, it’s up to her new friends to come to her aid, by whatever means necessary.
I've been reading about the people of Haggerty for years now and I love every moment I get to spend there with these great, quirky characters! There are a few characters who seem to make appearances in most of the books and I've come to love these older women. They're so full of personality and although some are grumpy, all are busybodies, and some have health issues, they never fail to step in and show a newcomer some true, Southern hospitality.
The story begins with an interesting situation involving Presley and I wasn't quite sure at first if she was escaping from something bad or from the cops. A stunning beauty, Presley is very down-to-earth and likable. Her string of bad luck is almost laughable, but she does well to make the best of situations.
I loved getting to know Mac and his story. I love characters who are very real and humble and that's just how Mac comes across. He has every reason to have a big head, but with a mistake in his past, he's content to live a simple life. It's sad that second chances are hard to come by in this place--at least, some people aren't willing to let bygones be bygones.
I really do love this setting and the inhabitants who live there. Life seems much simpler and little things cause such drama, gossip, and mystery, with rumors running rampant. The mystery and suspense isn't overwhelming and too intense--it's a perfect mix of a cozy mystery with some elements of romance and gentle fun. I really hope this isn't the last we'll see of Haggerty.
Content: very mild religious elements; mild, clean romance; some moments of suspense, mystery, and talk of murder (non-graphic); no language. Clean!
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