"All secrets do come out eventually, will it affect their relationship?"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted January 4, 2017
Women's Fiction Contemporary
So Caroline is back in her home town of Ozark
Mountain. Her mother has Alzheimers and her dad
who is a retired doctor still volunteers at clinics to
help out people. Caroline has come back to not only
help with her mother but to take care of the bait shop
that her mother started years ago.
Noah also returns to his home town where his family owns the
shop across from the bait shop. Noah is going to reopen
it. Noah has a lot of his own problems. After
several days of sizing each other up, they finally
introduce themselves to each other.
What starts out as nothing but neighbors, starts to
become something else. Noah and Caroline start spending
more time with each other. What Caroline can't figure
out is why Noah's grandfather wants him to stay away from
her, Caroline doesn't even know the man. But his
grandfather keeps staring at her. Caroline can't ask her
mother because of her Alzheimers. On several occasions
she has tried to talk to her father about this, but he is
not saying anything.
The other strange thing is when Noah meets Caroline's
mother, she keeps calling him by his grandfather's name.
So what really is the big secret, and will it be just
fine with Caroline?
JUST FINE WITH CAROLINE is the first book that I have read
by Annie England
Noblin. I really enjoyed it and loved the way that she
takes two small town characters and puts them together.
Both born in the same town, but they both tried to move on to
bigger and better things. Just to lead them back to
where they came from. Also, it took me a while to
figure out the big secret. It was almost like Caroline
and Noah took up where the older generation left off.
I also like how she shows that in small towns, everyone
knows everyone's business. Even the little secrets that
you wouldn't want to get out. Even the secret that his
best friend has been keeping forever. JUST FINE WITH
CAROLINE is one of
those books that you put yourself into and wonder how it all
would work out.
From the author of Sit! Stay! Speak! comes a tender,
terrific novel complete with long-buried secrets, a
three-legged pot belly pig, and an irresistible dog—an
unforgettable story about love, friendship, and
community. Perfect for fans of Mary Kay Andrews and Mary
Caroline O’Connor never dreamed she’d be back home in
Cold River, Missouri, the Ozark Mountain town where
everyone is ‘up your business.’…they mean well as they
drive you crazy. She thought she’d left town for good,
but now she’s back, helping to care for her New York born
mother—struck with Alzheimer’s, and prone to saying and
doing anything—and her father, the beloved local doctor
frustrated he can’t cure his own wife.
As for Caroline, she’s doing ‘just fine’ coping with her
parents, her brazen cousin Ava Dawn’s marital disasters,
her mostly-deaf dog…and with Noah Cranwell, far-flung
relative of a local family mostly infamous for running
moonshine, an ex-veteran who’s come to Cold River with
troubles of his own.
Caroline believes she knows everything about Cold River
and the people who live in its hills and hollers … but
sometimes life’s greatest surprises happen closest to
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