Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown

Small Town Rumors

From New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a funny heartache of a novel about overcoming the past, confronting the future, and defying all expectations. Everyone is talking about Jennie Sue Baker and the mess she made of her life in New York. The former high school queen bee—and wealthy darling of Bloom, Texas—has returned home after all these years, riding on a common bus and bearing two bounced alimony checks. In a town that...

Details Small Town Rumors

TitleSmall Town Rumors
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherMontlake Romance
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Small Town Rumors

  • 2018-07-03
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSMALL TOWN RUMORS by Carolyn Brown is a contemporary romance perfect for a summer read in the shade of a big old tree with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. It is a sweet romance with wonderful characters and a small town setting. This was my first book from this author, but it will definitely not be my last. Jennie Sue Baker has returned to Bloom, Texas. The minute she steps off th...
  • Tina Woodbury
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...The title of this book says it all – rumors, rumors, rumors. Gossip runs wild in the little town of Bloom, Texas. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor – everyone is fair game.Jennie Sue Baker’s marriage is over and she is left with nothing. She has no choice but to flee New York back to her parents’ home in Bloom, Texas. She has been groomed all of her life to be a wife ...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    3.25 Give Them Something to Talk About Stars* * * 1/4 Before Social Media, before the Internet and before Cell phones, there was a way towns entertained themselves with hot gossip...Yes, back in the day the OG way to spread rumor was the Party-line...What you say, what the heck was that...It was a land line phone where people shared the use of the line. You could pick up the receiver and hear other conversations happening by those you were sharin...
  • Shelly
    This is a new to me author and I really liked the idea of small town and the possibilities of a rumor spreading around town and the way that would/might influence decision making. For some reason, that's what I thought was going to happen for Jennie Sue and Rick. But that's not what ended up happening. Instead what I got was the operational flow of rumors and a good first half story. I don’t know what happened but the story’s second half was ...
  • Ali
    Nice, sweet. Small town as it comes. Enjoyed this one, even though sometimes a bit of faster pace could be helpful
  • Donna Hines
    Small town rumor mill gossip is no match for Jennie Sue Baker who is on a triumphant return to Bloom Texas-- So be prepared, because she's back! A New York high school queen returns to fall in love with Rick Lawson after a dismal marriage left her seeking fulfillment. However, Rick lives a modest lifestyle not quite suited for cavier dreams.The problem is will Rick be convinced of the desire for romance before he loses out on love?When her ex hus...
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    I finished this but only by skim reading. I also debated between 1 and 2 stars and gave the second star but...I found almost all the characters to be stereotyped cardboard caricatures. I hated almost all the dialogue and just couldn't imagine real people talking that way. It had almost a fifties feel to it with the stereotypes the author used. It also felt like it was written by a middle schooler who was irritated with her parents. Kill them off ...
  • Aly
    "On a slow day, gossip hung over the town like smoke in an old western honky-tonk. On a good day, in the opinion of the community, it obliterated the sun."This time, Carolyn Brown is taking us to the small town of Bloom, Texas where Jennie Sue Baker, the ex-wife of a rich man will have the tongues wagging when she come back in town, after the jerk ran off with a bag of diamonds and another woman and temporary take a post as a cleaning lady for a ...
  • ✨Susan✨
    This was not heavy literature but it surely was a fun contemporary that has a great feel good story of a young woman who is determined, at any cost, to become independent. The characters are original, likable and comical. I would read more from this author.
  • Angela Kirsti
    Trite. Every time I tried imagining actual people saying the dialogue, my mind just conjures up a horrible middle school play or little girls playing with Barbies trying to act out what they think adult conversations are like. The best parts of the book are Lettie and Nadine, who actually resemble real, interesting people.
  • Heidi
    Five stars: A wonderful book filled with love, family, small towns and new beginnings. This book made me laugh and cry. Loved it!Jennie Sue slinks off the bus. She knows the minute her feet hit the concrete that the small town of Bloom, Texas will be abuzz with gossip. She is right because at the moment, Cricket, a waitress at the local cafe is snapping pictures of Jennie Sue, eager to share them with all the locals, especially since Jennie Sue l...
  • Laurie
    4.5 stars. What do you get when you have a small town full of busybodies? Rumors and gossip that spread like lightening. And in small-town Bloom, TX, the folks thrive on them. So when Jennie Sue Baker, daughter of wealthy businessman Dill Baker and snooty southern belle Charlotte Baker, is seen getting off of a Greyhound bus looking ratty and carrying a single suitcase, rumors start flying. What happened to her charmed life in NY, and why is she ...
  • JenniK
    I don't know where all these high ratings are coming from. Preteens maybe? Or elderly women who only like to read about other elderly women reminiscing about people we don't know? And the dialogue was horrrrrrrrible! It felt like this story was written by a child, trying to imagine what adults would say.This story is sloooooow, and there is way too much history given via conversation about things like great grandparents (who cares? We're here for...
  • Despina
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.Small Town Rumors is like many of Carolyn Browns books, I love when she writes about people in small towns it's something she does very well. I really liked Jennie Sue and how she stood up to her mother and finally starts to live her own life. I really do love how over the top the characters were in this story, it made me laugh. I like Rick for Jennie Sue and Jennie Sue for Rick, t...
  • Jessie
    Just 100% not the book for me. Full review on its way.
  • Gaele
    Jennie Sue left Bloom, Texas as the “it girl”. Wealthy, well-mannered, social standout she’s gone to New York with her husband, bound to make a splash. But now, her husband outed as a lying, cheating thief, she’s back in Bloom, in her mother’s house, with a marriage that’s fallen apart, no direction and a handful of alimony cheques that are tagged ‘Insufficient Funds”. Of course, Jennie Sue wasn’t prepared for her fall from grac...
  • Debra Oliva
    Jennie Sue Baker returns to Bloom, Texas on the bus! Since her family is wealthy and has their own plane, that is grist for the small town rumor mill. Then she has a disagreement with her mother on her future plans – her mother wants her to find another husband - but Jenny Sue wants a job now that she has divorced her cheating thieving abusive husband and graduated from college. Jenny Sue goes into town and accepts a temporary job cleaning hous...
  • Lisa
    This is what happens when you are stuck in an airport without a book. This is ridiculous. It isn’t fun to read simple sentences and cheap, shallow character development. What woman would write “You are too pretty to work. You can stay right here and do whatever you ladies do all day. Your mama will take care of your time, and I’ll start a bank account for you tomorrow.” (p.8)? How many people literally toss keys in the air and have tears ...
  • Marleen
    Small Town Rumors took me by surprise with its genuine and wonderful characters. This was overall a sweet and charming read and presented everything I love about small town stories. Admittedly, at first, I was taken aback by the gossip and small-mindedness of the town’s people, but fortunately, there were more layers to these characters. Thanks to Jennie-Sue’s personality, who was so kind, humble and determined, she was able to open the eyes ...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    This is a perfect summer read...well really a perfect anytime read! Especially since it is set in a small Texas town where rumors and gossip abound. The book has funky characters, some tension between the "haves" and the "have-nots", and family drama that will keep you entertained from beginning to the end. It is also a love story and knowing what you want and don't want to ensure a happy life going forward.If you enjoy romance, laughter, and sma...
  • [[ Frankie ]]
    As a first time reader of Carolyn Brown & a reader who doesn’t usually tend to enjoy sweet, charming romances, I have to admit I was a little concerned about how I’d end up feeling about Small Town Rumors. But let me tell you... I was completely shocked by how much I truly enjoyed this book!The dynamic between characters, especially sisters Nadine & Lettie, is what literally made the story for me. There’s a bittersweet mix of love & tension...
  • Leah
    I didn't like this book. The story was a bit slow and depressing. I was looking for a happy story, and there is a happy ending, but there's a lot of sadness before. The town was nice, but not all of the characters are. Some did get better as the story went on, though.
  • Jodie
    I’ve never read this author before and she has a lot of books so I was hoping for a gem. I love devouring entire author works when I discover a new favourite :)This started very similar to the last book I read - just with the small town and mother/daughter relationship, but that’s okay.I didn’t love the writing style. It was a little surface level. And some parts were slow. It lost me a few times and I skimmed a little. It was so dialogue h...
  • Joan
    After the first few chapters things got slow, boring and repetitive for me. The exaggerated accents, over-emphasis on rumors and more rumors, y'alls and blow-by-blow details of the character's actions was totally overkill. I did not care about the characters, there was not enough depth. And the turns at the end were unbelievable and cliche'd.I will not be reading another book by Carolyn Brown.
  • Sophia
    From the moment Jennie Sue gets off the bus in her West Texas small home town, she knows the rumors are flying. Her rich, snooty mother's 'Don't give the neighbors anything to talk about' is about to be blown up big when Jennie Sue is determined to start over and doesn't care what the tongues are wagging about. It's Carolyn Brown and its small town. I was all in for a feisty and fun summer read.Small Town Rumors follows the story of Jennie Sue as...
  • Samantha
    This was a book that hit all of my happy points. I love books that involve farms and really get down and dirty times. This book has a farm and a bit of high society as well. I have never read a book by Carolyn Brown before and I really enjoyed this one. I will definitely be looking her up again. This is a sweet story about a small town in Texas and their desire for gossip. Everything that goes on in this town everyone else knows about. It has got...
  • Kathleen
    I can't say enough about this wonderful, funny, heart wrenching, witty story. Carlyon Brown takes her readers on adventure in a small town rife with rumours about what has brought Jennie Sue Baker back to her hometown of Bloom from New York... Her mother is keeping secrets, her dad is trying to keep secrets, but everyone in town knows what he is up too. Jennie Sue is just trying to live with what is true and to hell what her mother what to keep c...
  • Fayrooz
    it is so heartwarming, and the closest to real life`s ''shit happens boo'' this is the second book I read for Carolyn and lord do I love her style and the lives she creates, it`s much better than seeing a good movie about a town community and the love the 90+ years old give and how they all like to gossip.really it`s so good that I stuck to reading it on my phone when I got back from the book fair last week, in the car jams, rolling in the street...
  • Karen
    Well, I really liked the story but just wasn't a huge fan of the plodding along of the development. I was super tired of the rumor. I didn't like her mother and her dad was honest about stuff but it didn't make it right. However, Jennie does get her mother's attempts at reconciliation which was nice. I also liked that I didn't have the entire intimate moments spelled out for me. I can get pretty turned on with just some sweet moments or throw som...