I picked up "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc" by Loraine Despres at Sam's club several months back. It languished on my nightstand along with two mysteries and a historical for several months. Finally, I worked my way to it, plopped myself down in our reading room and spent the afternoon with Sissy. I'm a sucker for quirky southern women. Guess I got sucked into that relationship due to my ongoing appreciation for Scarlett O'Hara and the infamous Vivi from the Ya-Ya book. Not to mention my high school English teacher adored Flannery O'Connor.
I was predisposed to like the book. I did like it in some places. In other places, I just found myself cringing. The basic story is a woman's high school sweetheart returns to town to find her stuck in a go nowhere marriage. The reason she ended up married is the well worn reason of getting pregnant...and that is the twist. Of course the baby isn't her hubby to be's...it is her future father in law's. For some reason, the conflict factor of her premarital affair made me cringe. It didn't ring true. Once we flashed back to that part of our heroine's life, the book lost steam for me. I also didn't care for the let's wrap it all up in a tidy package ending.
Not sure if the book tried to do too much or if it didn't do enough. Can't give this one a thumbs up...more of a sideways thumb.