The Sweetest Thing (River Bend #2) by Lilian Darcy

The Sweetest Thing (River Bend Book 2)


Tully Morgan hasn’t been back to Marietta for more than a few brief visits since the night of the 1996 senior prom eighteen years ago, when the chance exposure of a long-held family secret sent her running to her uncle in California in shock. She stood up her date Ren Fletcher that night, and she hasn’t seen him since.

Now she’s here for an extended stay, to help take care of her seriously ill mother. It’s an edgy reconciliation, the first time that Tully, Patty and Sugar Morgan have been together since that long ago prom night. Tully has had so much anger toward Sugar… can she ever forgive her?

And Sugar still has one more secret that needs to be dealt with, one that needs Ren Fletcher’s help. Has he forgiven Tully for leaving him in the lurch on prom night? And is there any chance that he and Tully can rekindle what they might once have had, when he’s still tied to someone else?


I thought I was going to love The Sweetest Thing from the first few pages so while on vacation I put it aside. Once I got home I started reading it was good, but the writing style kept me from being really engaged with the characters. It kept me from really feeling for them or connecting with them and everything that is happening. It was more like here is a look through the window at some people and what is happening. It was not my favorite, but not completely terrible either.

Tully left Marietta right before prom eighteen years ago. She stood up her date, Ren, and hasn't looked back. She got some shocking news, learned something that upset her and she just had to get out. She couldn't pretend to be fine or ruin Ren's night like that. They didn't really know each other well, but they both were looking forward to prom night to connect and see what could happen.

Ren is still in Marietta and married to a lady that he doesn't even really like. On Valentine's day things start to change. First he sees Tully at the chocolate shop, then his mom speaks up about his wife and he really starts think about getting a divorce. He is not happy, his wife is not happy, maybe they should go their separate ways.

Tully is also having a hard time. Her mom is dying and she has had to come back and deal with her anger towards Sugar and everything that happened so long ago. Things are going surprisingly well, and when she starts connecting with Ren things should be great. Only they are not really. The timing is not right. They are both in different places, but can they overcome that? Can they make the timing right for them? It was really an up and down romance with lots of sad parts, but again the writing didn't make me as connected as I should have been. A good read, but not great.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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