Title: Dogwood Days
Author: Poppy Dennison
Release Date: October 21, 2015
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Small town heroes and big town hearts.
Jefferson Lee Davis is happy with his life in the city until his favorite uncle has a bad fall and he rushes to Holly Creek to make sure Uncle Sherman is okay. Jefferson Lee knows how to navigate small Southern town’s politics and the residents greet him with open arms. Everyone but the town’s sheriff, Zane Yarbrough, that is.
Dogwood Days, the town’s biggest festival is looming, so Jefferson has to step up and take over his uncle’s job as the town blogger, even if that puts him right in the sheriff’s path. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend all come together to make Jefferson Lee’s life in Holly Creek a full-time adventure. When he loses his job back in the city, Jefferson Lee has to start a new job search that will take him away from the town he’s learning to think of as home. Will this big city boy find sweet romance in the arms of a small town sheriff or will the allure of the city call him back?
The first thing I want to talk about is THAT COVER! I’m a total cover snob and this one is just about as perfect as can be. And once you read the story, I’m sure you will agree. I loved having that adorable man on the cover in my mind as I pictured main character Jefferson Lee Davis.
The second thing I want to talk about is Poppy Dennison. I am not a paranormal fan so this was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Dennison. But I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy at GRL 2015 and her enthusiasm and spirit prompted me to look up her catalogue the night I meet her. I requested Dogwood Days that night and read it right away.
Dogwood Days is, at its most basic, a story about a small southern town called Holly Creek in North Carolina. Where everybody knows everybody’s business and no one is a stranger. The big deal in Holly Creek is their annual spring Dogwood Festival, where the town gathers to sell handmade goods, enter jams and jellies and pies in contests and enter their flowers for the ultimate prize of “Best” in Holly Creek. Ms. Dennison, a southern girl herself, does a fantastic job painting a picture of spring in Holly Creek. In my opinion, Dogwood Days is a love story, but it is a love story about the people and the town more than a love story about a displaced New Yorker and the local sheriff.
Jefferson Lee Davis (and that is exactly what everyone calls him. Not Jeff, not JD but Jefferson Lee) is a small town transplant living in the “big city” Charlotte, NC as a writer for a magazine. He takes an extended leave from his job to go back to Holly Creek, his hometown, and take care of his favorite uncle who has suffered a fall.
Zane Yarbrough is the town sheriff and is a bit gruff with Jefferson Lee at first. I chalked it up to sexual frustration and, of course, I was right. The relationship between the men is a slow burn and they take their sweet time to get together but when they finally do get together it is fireworks and great sex. The problem now that these men are together is that Jefferson Lee is inclined to stay in Holly Creek permanently, but he has been offered a great job at another magazine several hours away. You’ll have to read the book to see what Jefferson Lee decides.
This was a wonderful book about the love of small southern towns with a nice little M/M romance to complement it. While it doesn’t say on her blog or the buy page, my hope is that this will become a series of the goings-on in Holly Creek, NC.