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Friday, August 14, 2009

Love, Savannah by R. M. Parrish

Love, Savannah by R. M. Parrish
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Am. Historical, 1900’s
Length: Full (168 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

After thinking they were alone in the world, Carolina and Savannah discover brother Jacob alive and well and back in Georgia along with the two men they are destined to love, whether they like it or not!

Savannah and Carolina Dickson, pretty ‘Southern girls”, twins, are “free spirits” and in danger of being “old maids” according to Cherry their steadfast substitute mother who reminds them that “Wealth does not refinement make” when they forget or ignore the social graces expected of a Southern lady.

Savannah longs for a man that is both book smart and sensible while Carolina wants Cape Miller, a teacher in the college for blacks, a man old enough to be her father. Outgoing and irrepressible, Savannah joins a pen pal group in hopes of finding a man that knows how to do something besides hunt and spend money –the only two things the local boys know how to do (according to her). Carolina, less aggressive, is crushed when Cape seems to reject her and takes up with a young widow that is eager for male company. Both girls’ desires are thwarted again and again as LOVE, SAVANNAH moves along with day to day living with events from the past coming to light that impact the girls’ present situation.

At times, the telling rather than showing of events keeps the reader at a distance and makes the characters seem less real. I longed for more to be revealed through the point of view of one particular character. However, the back-story that comes to light is wonderful in letting the reader find out how Savannah and Carolina came to be in their present situation. Coincidence is used rather obviously but the end result works.

LOVE, SAVANNAH has that Southern charm that pulls the reader into the post Civil War lives of the people in Savannah and Carolina’s world. The affects of war on lives long after the war ends is very evident. Overcoming some horrific deeds, the characters more on with their lives and the reader breaths a sigh of relief to know love finds a way.