Dogwood Days by Poppy Dennison ~ Book Review by JJ

DogwoodDaysTitle: Dogwood Days

Author: Poppy Dennison

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/21/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary



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?

My View:

What a delightful read.  I’ve never read Poppy Dennison before, so this was a wonderful surprise. I really enjoyed her style and her characters.

I must also admit to having a soft spot for stories set in quirky small towns, with the usual attendant cast of slightly off-beat characters. Holly Creek is a lovingly portrayed small-town, and reading this book you almost feel as if you’d like to move there, or at least visit for a few days. Well, I did. Throw in lavish helpings of Southern charm, and two very charming guys: Jefferson Lee and the local Sheriff Zane, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Holly Creek is a small Southern town that revolves around tourists, and gossip, and a blog, and apparently endless amounts of food.  When Jefferson Lee’s Uncle Sherman is injured, it is journalist and city-boy Jefferson Lee to the rescue, electing himself to be his uncle’s carer. Jefferson Lee also takes over the town’s blog and throws himself into small town life, and he revels in it.  Enter match-making Clover, and though she gets it slightly wrong, the local Sheriff and Jefferson Lee have to admit they’re definitely attracted.

This book was a low-angst zone, very few dramas, and those were minor and quickly resolved. It was a very pleasant change to read a book where any silly misunderstandings cropped up only briefly, and when they did, they were quickly resolved.

The word that keeps coming to mind with this book is charming.  Perhaps once the attraction is admitted by the two guys, things moved fairly quickly, but why not? I do admit I would have liked to know more about the gorgeous Zane, his background was rather vague and I would have enjoyed finding out more about him. There were a couple of other strands in this book that I also would have liked to have seen fleshed out more, but perhaps there will be more books set in Holly Creek. I can only hope that’s what the author has planned.

Definitely recommend this one if you enjoy small-town life, Southern charm and two lovely men falling in love.

Great cover too.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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