Posted in 5 paws, Review, romance, women on June 3, 2015

i'll stand by you


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala brings new meaning to family in her small-town Southern romance

No one is alone
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she’s weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

As long as there is love to give
Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that…


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I just discovered Sharon Sala sometime last year and especially this series set in a small town called Blessings. I love this town and want to move there! The towns people are what you might expect, fast to gossip but just as fast to defend their own.

The focus is on two young residents of the town, Dori who is 17/18 and Johnny who is 20. They went to school together but never expected to come to depend on each other as they do in this book. Despite the hardships these two have endured over the last few years it has only made for stronger characters.

There are a couple of unlikeable characters, because you have to have some conflict right?! Pansy wants to be a Christian woman but when she puts herself on the wrong end of some gossip, many call her on it. Then there is another “evil” character, Frankie, and you just know something is going to happen with him when he learns some things about Dori. But this is when you know the town isn’t going to put up with his shenanigans.

Great story and I hope to see more books about this town and its residents especially Ruby and Lovey who run the hair salon and restaurant.

We give this 5 paws up!


 About the Author

Sharon Sala has been a published author since 1991, and has also written under the pseudonym Dinah McCall, although the last McCall book was released in March of 2007.

Her 76th book, THE HEALER, was released in April 2008. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and writes mostly romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense for Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Books, and at one time, also wrote for Harper/Avon. She also had a humorous western trilogy set in the Kansas Territory before the Civil War published by Loveland Press, a small press publisher out of Loveland Colorado. She’s a five-time RITA finalist, which is RWA’s equivalent of an Oscar or an Emmy nomination. A three time Career Achievenment winner from RT Bookclub Magazine, as well as a five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s a regular on the New York Times bestseller lists, as well as USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and many other trade lists. She’s won many industry awards, including numerous ones from RT Bookclub Magazine, a trade magazine devoted entirely to the latest reviews.

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