Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Worth of a Penny by Jess B Moore. Many thanks to Jess, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.
Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.
Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?
Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.
Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.
When I saw that the front cover of this book referred to it as “A Sweet Romance,” I will confess that I wasn’t to sure what to expect. Although I often wander into the romcom Chicklit genre, out and out romance isn’t something that I would normally pick up. However, something about the blurb for this one caught my attention, and I am so glad that it did.
Although this is most definitely a sweet romance, this is not in a saccharine, sickly way, it is more that the strong family bonds, and the welcoming nature of the MacKenna brothers puts you in mind of simpler times when family and community were what mattered. As I was reading, I kept coming back to the thought that this book made me feel safe, like I was enveloped in a huge fluffy blanket with a mug of hot chocolate in my hand. It was a beautiful, gentle escape from the real world. That’s not to say that the characters just sailed through life. They certainly had their fair share of upsetting experiences to contend with, but through them all I just knew that they would help each other through.
This is the third book set in the Fox River community, but it can easily be read as a standalone – I haven’t read the previous books and I certainly didn’t feel as though I was missing out on any character back story. That said, I would love to get to know the characters better so I’ll be heading off now to check out the other books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.
Don’t forget to have a look at the other blogs taking part in the tour.