Tulsa Riley loves the banks and surrounding area of the Sweet Oak
River, deep in the heart of the Ozarks. Living with her 78-year-old
grandmother and running Sweet Oak River Oasis, renting
out cabins and offering canoe services. Ruby adopted Tulsa when
she was 11-years-old upon the death of her mother, Faith.
Tulsa has no room for romance, only the life she loves so much on
the banks of the river and her grandmother.
Ruby is intent on Tulsa learning to open her heart for romance, and
therefore starts a book club among a small group of their friends.
The love stories are of strong women who learn compromise but
still remaining true to themselves. Hopefully, Tulsa will realize there
is something more in life than caring for her and running their
business. Having just learned that she has a half brother, Guy
Smith, he is just as intent on investing his love in the business as
Tulsa. Meeting a very rich and beautiful man, Ruby is taken aback
for the first time and thinking of carving out a life for herself, but not
if she has to give up her beloved Sweet Oak River Oasis. With an
imminent threat at losing all they own and following Ruby's heart
attack, the community comes together much like the love and
commitment portrayed in the romance novels they have read, giving
Tulsa a new look at life and love revealing the bonds of true
READING THE SWEET OAK is the first I have had the pleasure of reading by the
insightful Jan Stites. Every page is filled with love, emotion and clearly
reveals the commitment Tulsa has for her home and grandmother.
The heart is torn in different paths when she tries to find love and
happiness, but at the cost of giving up everything she believes in
and what truly makes her happy. I loved this story written about
normal people in a close-knit community giving and aiding each
other in times of desperation. READING THE SWEET OAK is a truly awesome
Along the banks of the Sweet Oak River, deep in the heart of
the Ozarks, a romance novel book club takes five women on
stunning journeys of self-discovery.
After losing first her husband, then her daughter,
seventy-eight-year-old grandmother Ruby wants to teach her
risk-averse granddaughter, Tulsa, that some leaps are worth
taking, no matter how high the potential fall. Tulsa loves
her grandmother dearly, but she has a business to run and no
time for romance—not even the paperback version. But when
Ruby ropes her into a book club, Tulsa can’t bring herself
to disappoint the woman who raised her.
Together with Ruby’s best friend, Pearl, as well as family
friends BJ and Jen, the women embark on an exploration of
modern-day love guided by written tales of romance. What
they discover is a beautiful story that examines the bonds
of friendship and the highs and lows of love in all its forms.