*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
When Marcus Sumter, a short-order cook with dreams of being a chef, inherits a house in small town Marathon, Georgia, he leaves his big city life behind. Marcus intends to sell the house to finance his dreams, but a group of lovable busybodies called the Do-Nothings, a new job at the local diner, the Tammy Dinette, and a handsome mechanic named Hank cause Marcus to rethink his plans. Will he return to the life he knew or will he finally put down roots?
This was a book where a majority of the side character made the foundation for the rest of the book. The title was picking my interest not only because it was helish long. The blurb also did the rest and when I started the book, I was hooked.
I liked Marcus right from the start and the way how life hit him hard is… some heart clenching but also you see he is a fighter.
The books stars pretty in medias res, we get the background of Marcus’ past, of course a few events are confusing first but if you recall them later or keep them generally in mind it makes pretty sense.
Although it has a funny title and promise a light story it isn’t this light as you might expect. There is a slight angst when you realise what’s the reason for Marcus’ sudden escape from his former life.
The story is actually unexpected deep and next to see how a person who hasn’t a family gains something from a passed member, from a family member who cares for one, the book is about finding a home in the unexpected way and in places you never thought about.
I liked the light, absolutely hilarious atmosphere in the dinette Marcus is finding himself during the book daily, the people around him, the “Do-Nothings”, a club of old ladies, who’s major task is… actually doing nothing. These ladies stir the cities life up, they gossip and banter, have to say to nearly every topic somethings but you can’t be mad of them. 😀
The southern charme in the book is really sweet and you are enchanted by the way how everybody in the city, Marathon, is in genuine interest to make you happy – and don’t care if they overstep bounderies because they mean no harm.
Between the banter and witty chatter of the old’s ladies and the dinette’s staff there is the love story of Marcus and Hank, the local mechanic, set. And it is pretty sweet but has here and there a slight angst, reaches its dramatical peak near the end of the book. Luckily the HEA is guaranteed although you have worries until the very end. 🙂
A story which is unexpected deep, with charming, but slighty overwhelming characters, a love story set in a crazy community but as comforting as a housemade (apple) pie. :3
4.5 out of 5 stars. 🙂