Dogwood Days (Holly Creek #1) by Poppy Dennison

DogwoodDaysLGDogwood Days by Poppy Dennison
Series: Holly Creek
Release Date: October 21, 2015
Pages: 131 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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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?


I am in love with this series. In love, I tell you. I won’t rehash the blurb instead, I’m gonna tell you what I loved… not that I don’t normally do that but, ya know.

Dogwood Days is a charming introduction to an over the top small town named Holly Creek where residents not only know your name and everything you have done, they have also wiped your butt as a baby. This is the type of story that should be made into a movie… it’s a shame no one makes good Rom/Com’s anymore.

Told from the POV of one Jefferson Lee Davis, we meet him on an early morning phone call with his Uncle Sherman, updating Jefferson on the upcoming Dogwood Days celebration in town, on what gossip is going on and the dilemma he faces with the parade route being changed by the mayor. On the call, Sherman takes a spill and the only think for Jefferson to do is call the local Sherriff of Holly Creek to check on his uncle.

It’s a good think the local Sherriff takes his job seriously and alerts Jefferson that uncle has fallen and needs to go to the hospital and Jefferson leaves straight away.

From the moment Jefferson steps into the hospital and is chastised for driving too fast by the Good Sherif, Zane Yarbrough, I was head over heels for Zane and I was sitting on my hands wondering how in the heck these two would end up together.

Goodness, but this book was so much fun.

I am a sucker for books about quirky small towns and Holly Creek sure does have its quirks. It also has a hilarious cast of locals that fuel the fun of the story and made me smile the whole way though.

I love the small town antics and how everyone knows your business and you know theirs and use it as teasing leverage. The banter between Jefferson and well, everyone was ridiculously charming and so much fun to read but my favorite is between he and Clover, they cracked me up! Their friendship is obviously a close one but the bodily harm Cloverberry promised on Jefferson was so much fun to read. Those two are double the trouble when they get together and attempt to plan anything but beware of Clover or you’ll be doing manual labor with a simple blink of an eye from that woman. Good lord, have I mentioned they were so much fun?

Now the romance between Jefferson Lee and Zane was adorable and oh so sexy! Jefferson walked around Holly Creek with such ginger colored glasses on that he couldn’t see the hot man in a uniform standing in front of him, on numerous occasions to “just stop by.” Ugh. Jefferson does well as he multitasked running his Uncle’s blog and solving problems around town as he walks to and from his destinations but he is so scatterbrained when it comes to Zane and I loved it.

Dogwood Days is a light and happy type of romance. It’s a romance that allows you to sit back and watch all the fun happen while two amazing main characters flirt their way to finally being together. I can’t wait to read more in the story because the end… there is no way we are stopping there… right?



About Poppy Dennison

Add two parts sass and one part sweet and you have Poppy Dennison to T—sweet tea that is. Raised by a gaggle of Southern women who love reading and have backbones of steel, Poppy was brought up to see the best in people but always speak her mind. Mix it all together, like Grandma’s famous cobbler, and you get a sassy, Southern lady with a quick wit and loads of charm, who will soften any blow with “Bless your heart.” Her books reflect her small town roots, are filled with all the comforts of home, and come with side dish of spicy, because that’s the way she likes it.

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