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Small Town Rumors

Written by: Carolyn Brown
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
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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 thrives on gossip, Jennie’s fall from grace has shamed her mother, set the town buzzing, and caused old, jealous enemies to whisper in delight. They say she’s taken a job as a housekeeper, gotten a garage apartment, and might be crushing on Rick Lawson, a simple farmer with modest dreams.

As romance starts to bud, Jennie relishes what it means to follow her heart, find real new friends, and finally be herself - regardless of all the lying town chatter. But fate has another twist in store. Rumor has it that Jennie now stands to lose what matters most…unless she can convince Rick of one true thing - and that’s love.

©2018 Carolyn Brown (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Loved this book

This book was really light hearted and fun. The perfect book for a dreary day

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  • Ruth
  • 2018-12-08

If you like Hallmark movies, you'll like this

A formulaic romance of the Spoiled City Girl returns to small hometown and finds love with a Real Man type. Reasonably well done for the genre, but not really my cup of tea.

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  • mema
  • 2018-07-05

Great book.

I really enjoy this author. Her characters are very believable. They feel like family. I would recommend this for anyone who likes a down home story.

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  • JJLarson
  • 2018-07-09

Small Town Rumors

What a wonderful book! I laughed, cried, and experienced every emotion in between.
I immediately felt a connection to Jennie Sue Baker. After a failed marriage to a controlling husband who left her high and dry, she was down on her luck and came back home, riding the bus. Her mother came to pick her up and was mortified about what everyone would think. Jennie Sue doesn’t really care what anyone thinks. Nothing stops her from doing what she wants to do. Her mother wants her to get back on her feet and prepare herself to find another husband and become the socialite she is. Jennie Sue doesn’t want to ever be in a position of counting on anyone but herself again.
She becomes a housekeeper for the most adorable old ladies in town, and gets a second job as an assistant at the used bookstore. Along with the housekeeping job, she is able to rent the apartment above a garage. She also ends up becoming friends with Rick Lawson, a local farmer and military hero. There are many twists and turns in this book and the pace was quick. I enjoyed every minute of this one. Brittany Pressley’s voice was perfect as narrator.

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  • Shell Beach Girl
  • 2018-11-16

What a great escape into the chaos, healing and peace that can be found in Small Town America.

Just loved this story. Always relaxed me to listen for awhile after a stressful day. Great narrator too.

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  • rebecca b
  • 2018-08-13

Fun, but predictable

Altho a bit predictable I really enjoyed this book for its characters and storyline. Good simple and entertainment as I commute to work. The performance was terrific.

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  • Dolores
  • 2018-10-11

Very enjoyable

I enjoyed the ages depicted in the story. Many novels are written exclusively geared to the young. Carolyn Brown seems to write for the readers of all ages. This book took in the vast spectrum of age, financial status. and all of the essence of a true small town. The characters are well defined and the narration was clear and each character was heard and defined.

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  • Diane's Kindle
  • 2018-07-12

beautiful story

this was the first time I've ever read any of Carolyn Brown's books I have to say I am very interested in Reading More of her books after reading this one small Tower rumors was a wonderful story about a small town and a girl learn to stand up on her own .

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  • Jessie
  • 2018-12-19

Great for the Soul

This book is a beautiful story that just makes you feel good inside. There is still good in the world and happiness for everyone. I really loved this book. The author did a wonderful job with character development. I really felt like I was a part of this community. The audible narrator is spectacular!!

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  • Beaver State
  • 2018-07-05

Great listen

Enjoyed listening to this audio book. Light, no sex and what the title says it all. Funny!

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  • Ri
  • 2018-12-16

A little Southern Hospitality

Great story, simple and easy. Heart wrenching and very very funny.
The performance is phenomenal, each character was really given their own identity that so many performers lack to do on audiobooks.

The plot was predictable however I still needed to know how Jenny Sue got to her happily ever after.

Loved it, will definitely try Carolyn’s other books.

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