Published by Keylight BooksDate Published: 28 September, 2021
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Growing up in Erob, Alabama, Nina "Little Bit" Barnes Enloe lived in the shadow of her imposing and harsh grandmother, Nina "Biggie" Barnes Enloe. If she wasn't being bossed around by Biggie, then the task fell to her best friend Win...who did win. At everything. Bit never seemed to share Win's lifetime supply of “lucky dust.” Perhaps the only thing Bit has ever chosen for herself is her friendship with Avery, the out-of-towner who showed up on the saddest day of her life―unpretentious and decidedly un-Southern―with a funeral casserole in hand.
Bit believes she can escape her grandmother’s controlling grip once and for all by moving somewhere where she is the only Nina Enloe listed: New York. Yet her world is turned upside down when an unexpected loss forces her to leave her new life in the city and return to Erob, where she must face everything―and everyone―she left behind. In the process, Bit discovers her true identity, learns the hard lessons of acceptance and forgiveness, finds herself falling in love in unexpected places, and finds comfort in the secrets of rainy days.
Leslie Hooton, author of Before Anyone Else, brings her signature wit and Southern charm to the page again in this triumphant coming-of-age story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
Hooton has created an unforgettable novel and I’m so pleased to have had the chance to read this one. It’s a beautifully penned fiction novel, filled with southern ways and flawfully chiseled characters. This novel was a true pager turner for me!
I absolutely loved following Bit and getting to know her. I loved feeling all of her emotions as she grew and became of age, trying to find her place in the world. I could see so much of my younger high school self in her! I truly enjoyed meeting everyone that Bit knew and getting to know them through her eyes. It was so refreshing!
Filled with beautiful southern charm, and characters that become your family, Hootons The Secret Of Rainy Days is a novel that will leave you wanting more and staying with you long after you reach the last page. From start to finish, you’ll be completely captivated by this author’s writing style and the moving plot line.
Definitely a 4 star read that shouldn’t be missed! Well done, Hooton! Well done!