Book Review: Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley 1

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Lowcountry Stranger

by Ashley Farley




Releasing July 1, 2016


Family Drama, Southern Style.

There’s a stranger in town. And it’s no coincidence when she shows up uninvited at a Sweeney family wedding. All eyes are drawn to this urchin who seems to have washed in with the tide. Before the night is over, the doe-eyed waif charms young and old with her street smarts and spunky personality. For better or worse, Annie Dawn is here to stay.

The memorable Sweeney sisters from Her Sister’s Shoes have returned with more suspense and family drama to hold you spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. As she approaches the next stage of her life as an empty nester, Jackie is torn between expanding her fledgling design business and spending these last precious months with her boys before they fly the coop. Her own worst enemy, Sam is terrified of making a commitment to Eli Marshall, handsome police officer, true love of her life. Her resolve is tested when a ghost from her past shows up after nearly two decades. Faith nurtures her seven-year-old daughter who is recovering from the trauma of her abusive father. Is the threat in the past, or is there more danger on the horizon? The sisters seek guidance from their mother, Lovie, a true Southern matriarch who shows them how to respond to adversity with grace and dignity.

Things are heating up in the Lowcountry. The Sweeney sisters remind us, once again, that being a part of a family is about more than sharing the same DNA.


My Rating:

5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


Whatever you do, don’t suggest he give up the bourbon and cigars unless you want it to be his first and last visit to the doctor.


Sam stared at her sister as though an alien had landed on her head and sucked out her brain.


I’m a fifty-one-year-old woman, not a disobedient child caught with her hand in the cookie jar five minutes before dinner.   Why is it my mother can zap my self-confidence with one cock of her penciled-on eyebrow?


My Review:


I adored this book start to finish and find myself with an unabiding yen for more, as well a strong appetite for shrimp.  My Sister’s Shoes my first experience with Ms. Farley’s work and I was an instant fan, but she has now converted me to the level of total raving fangirl with Lowcountry Stranger.  I don’t think I could ever tire of reading her compelling tales about this quirky and fascinating family.  The characters were fully fleshed out, complex, realistically flawed, and endearing.  The storyline was engaging, intriguing, and relevant.  Ms Farley’s writing was emotive, richly detailed, easy to follow, and engrossing.  I did not want to put my kindle down and resented any and all interruptions to reading.   The story evolved over a busy and eventful week with all three sisters experiencing significant changes and stress.  Odd occurrences, relapses, crimes, shocking revelations, devastating losses, new beginnings, tragic endings, old hurts, new pains, bad memories and new aspirations.  All these events seemed to have been put in motion with the arrival of a young stranger/wedding crasher.  More please!


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About the Author

ashley farley

Ashley Farley grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but she now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young adult children.

Ashley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues.

Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry and packed with Southern charm and memorable characters, the SWEENEY SISTERS SERIES chronicles the lives of three sisters—Samantha, Jackie, and Faith—who struggle to balance the demands of career and family while remaining true to themselves.

Scottie Darden, a thirty-year-old photojournalist from Richmond, Virginia, makes impulsive decisions that lead her to trouble in the ADVENTURES OF SCOTTIE series.




One comment on “Book Review: Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley

  1. Reply Anita Jul 4,2016 12:56 pm

    I loved the cover and blurb of this one alone, and your review was excellent – sounds like something I’d like to read for sure!

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