Buck’s Pantry, opening line: Lianna’s hands gripped the steering wheel at ten and two as she drove five miles under the speed limit down the country highway.
Lianna has been sent to rural Texas to buy out a private bank. She is focussed on one thing, and one thing only, and that is her job. Gillian on the other hand is focussed only on family. She comes across as meek but today, things are about to change. Gillian has left her husband and children. Not forever, just for tonight. Her outlook on life will do a complete turnaround when she meets Lianna. But it is her influence on the New Yorker that has the most impact.
Gillian, reeling from the revelations her husband shared at a fundraiser she hosted just days ago, is suddenly grappling with what she has always believed about politics, family, and her own comfortable life—and aghast at some of the choices she’s made. Lianna is en route to close a deal and languishing in the August heat. Desperate to return to her beloved New York and a first-time visitor to rural Texas, she’s certain she has landed in one of the outer rings of hell. Aimee, though withering under the covert dysfunction and mental illness lurking in her family, still manages to shine in her low-level job and allows herself to dream of a life far away. When Gillian and Lianna stop at the same convenience store, they find themselves in an unthinkable situation. Aimee may be their only hope—if she can put the pieces together.
I really enjoyed this easy reading debut novel from Khristin Wierman. It is about love and life, and how we should not make assumptions. Available on the 6th of September from Amazon.
About the author
Khristin Wierman spent twenty years rising through the marketing ranks of Fortune 500 companies, building a career that was lucrative, ego-boosting, and a little bit soul-crushing. So she quit. And had no idea what to do with her life. Writing novels ensued. She was born and raised in a small East Texas town—which means she came into this world a Dallas Cowboys fan and ardently believes “y’all” is a legitimate pronoun. Some things she enjoys are playing golf with her husband and stepson, poker, yoga, chocolate, the Golden State Warriors, and the daily adventure of life with an adorably imperfect cat named Rocco. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Sparkpoint Studio sent me this novel to review.
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