Saturday, July 30, 2011


This was an enjoyable read about a quirky and somewhat disfunctional family, the Pickwicks, and discovering "you can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl". It was not a page turner story for me, one that I just couldn't put down until I finished. But it did have its moments.

Piper Wick (whose name is really Pickwick but she shortened it when she left town), is being called back to Pickwick, North Carolina. This is a town she hoped to never have any more association with because of the way she and her Mom were treated by "the family" as a young girl. But the family needs her expertise as a public relations consultant to get Uncle Obe to not change his will, and start revealing family mishaps and mistakes, one of them being one of Piper's secrets. She arrives in town ready to do business and get out, but finds herself once again in the midst of family disputes. But time has passed and people have changed and with God's help, even Piper finds herself changing. Then there is the gardener, Axel Smith, who has a way of getting under Piper's skin.

I enjoyed getting to know the family members and to see that people can change and forgiveness is possible. I also liked how Uncle Obe felt the need for making things right and how his life was changed when he sought a relationship with His Lord. He is quite the character!

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