Tuesday, March 27, 2018

High Cotton

High Cotton
(Bucklin Family Reunion, Book 1)
Debby Mayne
ISBN: 978-1683701309
March 2018/304 pages/$15.99

Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama's family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.

Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.


Debby Mayne is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative writing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She is currently an etiquette writer for The Spruce, one of the DotDash (formerly About.com) companies.

Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.

She and her husband currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Visit her website for more information.


Pull up a porch swing and grab yourself some sweet tea--Debby Mayne has served up a heaping helping of Southern in her latest release. I do believe I have met a few of the folks in High Cotton--or maybe I should call them characters! Anyone who has been part of a large Southern family or attended a family reunion may recognize a distant cousin or two. High Cotton is high on drama and high on love, as well. Mayne depicts a family with plenty of ups and downs who aren't shy about pointing out each other's flaws, but they will be the first one to defend those samed loved ones to an outsider! Plenty of laughter and a sprinkling of tears pepper these pages, along with reminders of the many ways God uses our (often unique!) family members to grow us and show us His love. Sit a spell and enjoy High Cotton today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Gilead Publishiners and Litfuse Publicity for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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