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May 21, 2023

The Front Porch Club by Michelle Major ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

They have nothing in common—except a need to start over…

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book cover of small town romance novel The Front Porch Club by Michelle Major
May 2023; Canary Street Press; 978-1335430656
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); romance

The Front Porch Club
takes readers back to Magnolia, North Carolina where three totally different women become friends and help each other out of the downward spiral of their lives.  

Annalise had been a queen bee in town.  She supported the school PTO, held charity events, and was rich and snobby.  Even her two children had a bit of an off-putting attitude and few friends.  Annalise finds herself an outcast after her husband is put in jail for running a Ponzi scheme and defrauding his friends in town.  The townspeople who lost their money are blaming Annalise as well as her husband.  She in unable to keep the house and moves into a very small rental that is owned by Shauna.

Shauna is not a real fan of Annalise because she lost a major painting job based on the recommendation that Annalise gave to the PTO board.  Shauna is a single mother of twin boys and is working hard to support them.  She might not have a lot of money but her sons were the most important part of her life.  When the twin's father shows up, she isn't sure how to react.  He didn't know about the kids and hurt her terribly when he walked out before she realized that she was pregnant.  Can she let him into her sons' lives and eventually into her life?

Meghan is an elementary school art teacher who has just lost her job due to budget cutbacks.  She also rents a room from Shauna and tends to keep to herself despite the fact that she loves teaching.

The women have so little in common that despite the fact that they live close together, they work to ignore each other.  They soon find out that life can be much better as friends and become not only friends but each other's support system as they deal with the problems in their lives.

This book was fun to read.  I love small-town romances plus I love Southern fiction and this one featured both.  Plus books about friendships between women and how friendship can help women find their power in their lives is another theme that I enjoy reading.  This is a light fun read!

As a bonus, there is a short novella at the end of the book that features a romance between the police chief and one of the sisters from the earlier books in the series.

NOTE:  The Front Porch Club is book 5 in the Carolina Girls series but can be read as a standalone with no confusion.  The other books in the series:
Wildflower Season  (see review)
Mistletoe Season  (see review)
Wedding Season  (see review)
The Wish List  (see review)

Buy The Front Porch Club at Amazon

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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