Blessings Georgia series
by Sharon Sala
Every storm they’ve weathered…has led them to each other
Dan Amos lost his wife and son years ago, when they inadvertently got in the way of a death threat meant for him. He’s never had eyes for anyone since, and he doesn’t want to. But fellow Blessings resident Alice Conroy sparks something inside him…
Newly widowed, Alice was disillusioned by marriage and isn’t looking to fall in love anytime soon. Then a tropical storm blazes a path straight for the Georgia coast, and as the town prepares for the worst, Dan opens his heart and his home. The tempest is raging, but Alice and Dan are learning to find shelter…in each other.
Sala is my go-to for down home, small town, feel good stories. She gives her readers characters that may not have a lot materially but they have a ton of heart and know what it means to be part of a community. (I will say that this one just seemed to have a bit more going on than I remember from the first stories. They seemed to focus more on a particular couple while introducing parts of the community. The last couple seem to be getting a little heavier with subplots and secondary characters, but it’s delivered in a way that isn’t too complicated or hard to follow, just a little bit more crowded.)
Being there with Dan and Alice as they feel out each other is all sorts of sweet. There’s an attraction there, but both of them had a tragedy take their spouse from them so they have to decide if they are at a point where they can give their hearts again. As if that wasn’t enough, throw in some trouble with drug dealers, mean girls, & a hurricane closing in on the town and there’s a decent amount of tension to keep things extra interesting.
Driven by the characters and their connections throughout the town, Sala’s Blessings series shows the complications and reality of life, love, and community.
(Can easily be read as a standalone but would probably be better enjoyed as part of the entire series just so you get an understanding of how everyone fits together.)