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Atlanta’s billionaire heiress Annie Hartford has been under her father’s thumb her entire life. At 29, he is now forcing her to marry a man she doesn’t love in front of 600 guests. With only moments to spare, she hijacks the family limo, which breaks down in small town Pinckney, Georgia. Annie, who has never wanted for anything, suddenly finds herself homeless, penniless, and with only the clothes on her back: a designer wedding gown and diamond tiara.
There she meets small town lawyer and restaurant owner Sam Ballard. Unlucky in love, the last thing Sam needs is a red-hot waitress who seems hell-bent on breaking every dish in his Dixieland Café. Still, he can’t very well fire her; she has already won the hearts of everyone in town.
After a lifetime of riches, can Annie find happiness in a garage apartment, second-hand clothes, and making her way around town on a borrowed bicycle? And how can Sam be certain that Annie won’t run home to daddy when her new life presents one obstacle after another?
I received this audio by the author in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I want to thank Ms. Hughes for reaching out and offering this book. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Klett, the narrator. This was a sweet romance without any angst. Annie leaves her future husband stranded at the altar in Atlanta, GA. Her father is a billionaire and has chosen Annie’s husband for her. Annie’s father thinks that she is only good for hosting and preparing for large parties and wants a man to run his empire. However, Annie has decided that she will no longer be ruled by her dad or any man. She quickly leaves the church without her purse, any money, or clothes.
Annie drives until the Mercedes that she hijacked from her father dies and winds up in Pinckney, GA. I had to laugh as Annie is wearing a dress that most women would die for but quickly realizes the predicament that she is in when the local sheriff demands that she gets out of the car. With miles of tulle, Annie squeezes out of the car to be met with gaping eyes from the small Ga town.
Annie’s first round with the sheriff/restaurant owner/lawyer does not go well. Sam Ballard wants no part of loving a woman since he also had a bad experience with his future bride. Reluctant, Sam hires Annie as a waitress in his restaurant. He can’t very well fire Annie, even though she breaks several dishes. The town folk have come to love Annie and want to help her to become settled in her new life.
Annie had grown up with not wanting anything, but now she has to learn to survive on her own. Wearing second hand clothes, moving into a garage apartment, and getting around on a bicycle are just a few of the new changes that Annie must face. Sam has come to love Annie but is worried that she could easily run back to her daddy and beg for forgiveness.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. There was a twist and a slight mystery towards the end. I felt that the end of the book was rushed and could have included more detail on both Sam and Annie’s life. The twist that occurred could have also been a tad bit longer and could have given the reader more detail on how Annie’s relationship changed with Lillian and with Sam. I am from Atlanta, GA and could definitely see how a small town would embrace Annie as one of their own.