Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dogwood Days

Title: Dogwood Days
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63476-456-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Jefferson Lee has fond memories of summers spent with his Uncle Sherman in Holly Creek. He may enjoy life in the city now but when his uncle suffers a bad fall, Jefferson Lee doesn’t hesitate to return to the small town to take care of him. His uncle usually plays a big part in publicising the annual Dogwood Days festival to attract tourists, but with Sherman out of action, the responsibility now falls to Jefferson Lee.

He’s a familiar face who understands small town politics, so the residents are more than happy to see Jefferson Lee put his journalistic talents to Holly Creek’s good use. And he’s enjoying every minute of it, especially as it means Jefferson Lee gets to spend plenty of time with the local sheriff, Zane Yarbrough. Before he knows it, Jefferson Lee is struggling to face the thought of ever leaving.

He’s made a lot of friends in Holly Creek over the years and he’s touched by how welcoming they have all been, but financial issues means Jefferson Lee can’t afford to stick around for much longer. His growing attraction to Zane is obvious for everyone to see however, so his friends decide that a little meddling is in order. Can the temptation of the handsome small town sheriff lure Jefferson Lee away from the big city for good? 

Dogwood Days is a fun story that really captures the energy of small town life. I enjoyed the gossipy feel; Jefferson Lee couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without someone knowing about it. The story does well to balance out the sometimes oppressive feel of such small town closeness with the spirit and camaraderie of residents coming together for the town’s best interests. I love how much depth the characters have. Jefferson Lee’s blossoming romance with the sheriff is very sweet and steady. I could really relate to the difficulties the pair face as they try to make their situation work under the watchful eye of the town. There are also plenty of supporting characters who definitely have their own story to tell. The build-up to the festival running in parallel with the impending decision Jefferson Lee has to make at the end makes for an exciting read. 

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