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As part of a family where life happens to you, fifteen-year-old Carasine Busey is devastated but not surprised when her family drops everything in Sweet Hollow, Louisiana to follow her dad’s shaky career as a welder. It’s not especially shocking, either, when he abandons them all shortly after they settle into their new home in the city. Carasine, her mom Rhonda, and the rAs part of a family where life happens to you, fifteen-year-old Carasine Busey is devastated but not surprised when her family drops everything in Sweet Hollow, Louisiana to follow her dad’s shaky career as a welder. It’s not especially shocking, either, when he abandons them all shortly after they settle into their new home in the city. Carasine, her mom Rhonda, and the rest of the Busey clan have adapted to roll with the punches. From Rhonda’s secret broken heart to Great-Great-Grandpa Jimbo’s eccentric failed dreams, Carasine and her family are used to disappointment. It’s not until Carasine gets a second chance with an unlikely pair of long-lost relatives that she realizes her path in life might be up to her to navigate. Being their flesh and blood convinces her that there may be some hope for her after all....

Title : Sweet Hollow Women
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ISBN : 36565652
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 371 Pages
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Sweet Hollow Women Reviews

  • Michelle
    2018-12-24 17:34

    This book reminds me of the show Gilmore Girls. Where a whole lot of people are talking and nothing is really going on except once in a while something is stirred up. but that's it. It's not all that exciting. It's not a horrible book, but if your looking for some excitement I suggest you look elsewhere. Most of the characters in here are unlikable and kind of ignorant. The stupidity of their actions were quite annoying most of the time. One or two characters seemed to have a head on their shoulders but that doesn't make up for the other ding dongs who had as much ambition to succeed in life as wet dish rag does.

  • Bonnye Reed
    2019-01-15 20:36

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  • Nicole
    2018-12-28 17:31

    Really good read!Nice, easy to get into, a good way to pass a rainy day! A fair page-turner. I would like to read more by this author.

  • Robin
    2018-12-28 20:22

    I was given an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Sweet Hollow Women is the tale of 4 generations of women, Louisa, Maggie, Rhonda and Carasine, and their journey to and from Sweet Hollow in search of love, their dreams and a happy life. It is both a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale that delves into the relationships between mothers and daughters and into the joy and despair in the search for love and acceptance. The town’s name is well placed because the book and the lives of our four heroines are both sweet and hollow at times.What I really enjoyed about the book was how each of their stories was interwoven and how decisions and actions taken by a mother, grandmother or even great grandmother had implications on the lives and legacies of future generations. These women were far from perfect. Though this book ends with a HEA, this book is more heartbreak than not. Like most of real life, there is no clearcut right or wrong decision, good and evil; instead, the authors fills the novel, with murky fog of one path travelled vs another not chosen but questioned on whether the right choice was made.The town of Sweet Hollow is the centering point. The family’s joy, disappointment, betrayals, love, happiness, dreams all seem to start and end in Sweet Hollow. Louisa comes to Sweet Hollow for love and chooses, like her own mother, to ignore that which tarnishes her dream for her family even if it means giving up her own daughter. Maggie is faced with a moral dilemma and in being true to herself must leave her parents and build her own family up. Rhonda is fixated on a love that she pursues too late at the expense of the family she creates. And Carasine, she is the best of them all, and ultimately is able to find love and stability and achieve her dreams as a result of the decisions made by the generations that preceded her.The author tells the stories of each generation in parallel; so each chapter jumps decades as our four heroines grow from child to adult. This made it difficult at times to follow, especially in the first 1/3 of the book, and I often found myself early on in the book going back to a chapter’s beginning to see what the date was. Over time you catch on and it is easier to know where each of the ladies is in their own story. This is, however, the novel’s most significant flaw. Jumping between four generations makes it more difficult to read than it should be. The author gives us a date at the start of each chapter but needed to give us more clues as to where in the life of each of the women the story is at any given time.Overall 3.5 stars for an enjoyable read about 4 interconnected and flawed women.

  • Jessica Claypoole
    2019-01-12 13:13

    “Sweet Hollow Women” by Holly Tierney-Bedord is a story that jumps back and forth in time to tell the tale of the lives of four different generations of women in the same family. Each woman even more like her mother than she thinks. The youngest of the females is 15 year old Carasine Busey. She looks at her life and wonders how she can separate her life from that of her current family. Sweet Hollow is the town that the women are from and Carasine wants more than anything to go back there to her old life.Carasine was a victim of her surroundings. She only knew what she was taught. When we meet her there is a 15 year old smoking cigarettes and she is nearly as ignorant as her mother, Rhonda. They live in a small duplex in Memphis and there are way too many kids for such a small place. The description of their former home in a trailer with a hole in the roof covered by a tarp will tell you what kind of people they were. Carasine seems to be on par with becoming just like Rhonda. Rhonda is about as obnoxious as they come and doesn’t care anything about any of her handful of kids. Carasine is forced to live with her great grandparents when the family moves back to Sweet Hollow. She is given a rare chance to change who she is. I read about 100 pages of the book then went forward and only read the parts about Carasine. I then decided to go back 2 days later and actually finish the book. It was an easy read but I did not like most characters. There was effort on the author’s part but this wasn’t for me.I received an Advanced egalley of this book from Hidden Gems.

  • Terri A. Wilson
    2018-12-28 15:22

    I received this book directly from the author.This is the first book by this author that I have read and it won't be the last. In fact, I'm looking forward to reading more by her. I think she has a keen observational talent that translates well into her writing. I mostly read fantasy, but I enjoy reading other genres because it helps me develop a broader and richer reading experience. Especially when I'm reading books that make me slow down and appreciate the richness of characters development through dialog. Holly Tierney-Bedord's multi-generational story invites the reader to fall in love with the ladies of the Busey clan. Told in multiple points of view, the author developed a book with a heartwarming story that evoked many emotions. I really enjoyed reading this book and taking my time.

  • Adelyn Grudier
    2018-12-27 17:20

    If you are into reading books about characters that are totally unloveable and irritating to the max, then this one is for you. I kept hoping all the way through that something good or fun would happen to someone but I read to the last page and it just didn't happen. These people were stuck in a very muddy rut and they were not moving out of said rut. Talk about lives that went nowhere. Nope, sorry I wouldn't waste my time reading anything else by this author. She needs to make her character reach out and grab us. The four different women and their four different stories were all confused and messy to try to sort out. Not happening for me.

  • Shari Ring Wolf
    2018-12-20 21:22

    Wonderful book!I did not expect this to be such an amusing story. I think the author must have had a great time writing it. Subtle humor, endearing trailer trash jokes. It would make a great movie as the conversation is the best part of it (not easy to write that style, I would guess, without sounding awkward or simplistic). Better would be a short season tv show, to get the feel of the characters and include all the jokes!

  • Pam Kohler
    2018-12-25 20:12

    Loved itParts of the book were a little difficult to follow because the 4 generations of main characters were during their lifetimes. To follow all 4 stories which was vital to the ending the chapters went back and forth in time. I really enjoyed the very pleasant surprise ending!

  • Katrece Nelson
    2019-01-04 15:12

    A story about four generations of women and the things they gave up for love. Carasine Busey is the typical girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her parents have too many kids to keep track of and they live in a shit hole house too small to fit everyone. As Carasine goes through her pubescent years we see her struggle with wanting more for herself and beginning to question the life she's been given. I was not really a fan of this book. Especially the character Rhonda. She is a horrible, selfish woman who never gave a crap about her daughter Carasine and it's a wonder that poor girl made it out to amount to anything. The hardest part about this book was how realistic is was. How many families just accept they are meant to struggle and do nothing to change it. This probably isn't a book I'd recommend to many people. In fact, by the end I had to force myself to stay awake and finish it.Thanks to Hidden Gems for the egalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sherry Lynn
    2019-01-09 21:15

    A feel good story for women. The title draws you in and makes you wonder. Sweet Hollow sounds like a nice place to be. I kind of had a Gilmore Girls de ja vue moment.The story is about 4 generations of women and is filled with love, heart ache and much more. Very well written. I would enjoy reading more.

  • Maureen
    2019-01-18 21:08

    I thought this book had the potential of being a great read. It's an okay read because it is a mindless read. I found the characters pretty shallow and not very likeable. It may be that it is a generational thing and a younger reader may enjoy it more.I do think the writer herself has some skill and will look for another book of hers.

  • Rhonda Ritchie-Warren
    2019-01-09 15:36

    I enjoyed the believable characters portraying four generations of woman. I found the storyline jumped from one generation to the next too frequently. However, I did finish the book and I would read another book written by this author.

  • Char
    2019-01-02 19:31

    Hated it. PeriodToo wordy and insane. Just too much endless chatter and too much space BBC between reel bcc ant events. Lived in the south 20 yrs. Never THIS slow. Needs guidance from a good editor

  • Alexandra
    2019-01-04 15:15

    Interesting glimpse into four generations of women who all start out in Sweet Hollow but lead very different lives, interwoven with each other but often separated, sad and maddening, but sweet and hopeful too. I enjoyed this book very much.

  • Mel Taylor
    2018-12-29 18:22

    CaraseneGreat book about wonderful ladies that intertwined- leaving room for more stories. Loved the books d the Sweet Hollow Women.

  • Michele
    2019-01-05 21:09

    I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a quick read and a good story. I will be reading more of this author.

  • Bonnie
    2018-12-22 14:21

    Interesting While the story line was good, the authors writing seemed a bit disjointed at times. All in all, a good read and interesting plot.

  • Krista Rainwater
    2018-12-20 18:29

    It was interesting once you put the people together