#REVIEW – The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown

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Synopsis

Stella’s mama never should’ve put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella’s twenty-seventh birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip’s hotter than the city’s famous jalapeño peppers, it isn’t long before all hell breaks loose.

Heather, the bossy leader of the church’s Prayer Angels, thinks a summer ball will get Stella and the town’s other single gals paired off. But nobody can tell redheaded spitfire Stella what to do—not her mama, not Heather, and not even the sexy beau Stella’s been seeing in secret. Together, Stella, her best friends Charlotte and Piper, and the loyal customers of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop hatch a good old-fashioned scheme to sabotage the ball. But will it wreck Stella’s relationship with her mama forever? And what will the church folk think when Stella reveals the identity of her mystery man?

Review

3.5 Stars

This book had a great storyline and concept but I struggled to read it. I am not sure where the author went wrong but I didn’t really enjoy the book until I got midway through the book. It seemed to drag on and on but I did enjoy the book overall. Maybe it is because it is a part of a series and I didn’t read the first two books? I am not sure. I think it could still be read as a stand alone book though as it didn’t have a lot of references to events in the past.

I was born in a small town (in Iowa) so I can understand Stella and her complex of keeping a secret because everyone in the town knowing everything about what everyone is doing and the gossip mill can get a little annoying. Poor Stella though – her mom only wants the best for her but ends up putting her foot in her mouth by her actions in their church’s prayer group, requesting prayers for a husband for her daughter. But little did Stella’s mom know that her daughter doesn’t need any help finding a relationship.   

I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley

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