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Sheridan Dani Reed is a recently unemployed photojournalist living in New York City. Her boyfriend is vacationing without her, and her best friend has abandoned her for a job in the south.
Is a quarter-life crisis a thing?
After accepting a freelance job in Louisiana for Southern Style magazine, she feels the bleakness of her life back in New York fading in the rearview mirror. Getting back to her southern roots seems to be just what she needs to lift her spirits and spark her creativity. During her stay, she meets playboy Micah Landry and his colorful family. She knows she should avoid him and keep things professional, but his southern charms are hard to resist.
Through the lens of her camera, she finds the beauty and soul of the Landry Plantation, but it s her beauty and soul that capture Micah s attention.
When an unexpected phone call takes her back to New York, she s forced to face the life she was trying to escape head on.
Will her trip and the Landrys only become fond memories, or will Dani find her way back to them and her beloved south?
In their debut novel, Jiffy Kate bring you a story of love, adventure, and finding a place to call home.
JESS'S 4 STAR REVIEW:
4 Southern Stars!!!!
Sheridan Reed or Dani as she prefers is living her dream or so she thought. As a young girl she wanted to go off to New York and go to school, she made that dream come true and there she met Graham whom became her next dream in life. Now four years later Dani is living in New York and she and Graham are still dating but that is where the progression on her life ends. Recently let go from her job and finding out that Graham is going out of the country on vacation for a little “me” time without even a backward glance at his girlfriend, Dani is alone and wondering what her next step is when her best friend calls her with an opportunity that is the catalyst for changing her life.
What Dani thinks is just a business trip and one that will help her get her professional mojo back is actually just the beginning of her self-discovery and finding out that everything she thought she wanted was waiting on her just not in the places she’s spent years looking. Going to Louisiana to interview and photograph the Landry Plantation will change more than just Dani’s employment status.
Enter Micah Landry he is the French Settlement playboy and proud of it. Micah believes in having fun and isn’t ready to settle down. He likes his life the way it is owning his own restaurants with his brother, living in his cottage, spending time with his family, and enjoying the company of a lady when he wants. He sees no reason to change what works for him and he makes no promises to anyone he spends time with, but things happen when we least expect them and it is guaranteed that Micah Landry had no intentions of letting the beautiful journalist writing a story on his family home take up residence in his mind.
Spending time with the Landry’s has given Dani a sense of nostalgia and a longing so strong it’s unexplainable, but spending time with one Landry member in particular has given her a different kind of longing and as the hours turn in to days it’s a longing they are both fighting against. When Dani gets an unexpected call and has to abruptly pack up and leave she quickly realizes she is leaving so much more behind than she arrived with a week ago.
In the aftermath of Dani’s absence Micah is forced to reevaluate his life and what he wants but he is not willing to put any added pressure on Dani. If he can only be her friend he would rather have her friendship than nothing at all, as time passes they both continue to nurture this friendship and when the anvil drops on Dani yet again it is Micah she turns to. Wanting nothing more than to be there for Dani Micah runs to her but is willing to just be a shoulder if she needs it, what he doesn’t realize is she has been feeling all the same emotions he has but has been trying to get her life to a place where acting on those emotions is possible.
What started as a spur of the moment freelance job turned into Dani finding focus not just with her camera lens but also in her life, follow along on her journey of discovery and remembrance and watch as she rights her course to the direction she was always meant to travel.
Jiffy Kate has done a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the South. As a southerner myself it is easy to notice when an author truly knows how life is in the south or if they are just basing it on what they have heard. I love the realness of this story and they places she describes it is easy to imagine going there for a visit or stopping in just to try some of the food you’ve just read about. This was my first book by this author but I can honestly say she has an avid fan and I look forward to many more works from her.