The Big Kids’ Table: HACKED by Gone Pecan

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We have an emergency situation on our hands!

I innocently clicked into this post like I do every single month and SOMEONE WROTE IT FOR ME ALREADY.

What is going on here?!

Honestly, DAPHNE wasn’t really too careful about disguising herself. She even included a description of herself. AND A PICTURE. So if you see this gal, be sure to let me know. I’m still working on the consequences for this offense… but just know it will be very, very mean.

Daphne From Gone Pecan Takes Over the Table

But ya know since she took the time to write her own Big Kids’ Table… what the heck? I’m going to put my feet up, sip my beer (it’s nighttime when I’m writing this, don’t worry), and let good ol’ Daphne take the reins.



I am a 30-something southern wife, mom, reader, procrastinator, student. I like books with kissing. On our blog, Gone Pecan, Kristina & I mostly review YA & romantic fiction. I like books with regular, flawed people, cute stories, and happy endings.  I also really love a good, long series, preferably set in Small Town, America.

One of my favorite books last year was Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong.

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

I love all of Giffin’s books, but this one is probably my favorite (I know, this is shocking since her book Something Borrowed is probably the book I recommend most). Where We Belong is about a 30-something woman who is confronted by the daughter she gave up as a teenager and with the choices that followed.

This book definitely could have been marketed to YA readers.  We get the perspective of both these characters, Marian, the mother, and Kirby, the daughter.  My favorite part of the book was the flashbacks of Marian as a teenager, her life before, during, and after her surprising relationship with Conrad, Kirby’s father.  Kirby’s side of the story was very intriguing as well and could have worked as a book on its own.  But both of these disparate stories came together with these fleshed out, real women who are still learning about life and themselves.  It left me hopeful and happy at the end, which is the feeling I chase after with the books I’m reading.

These are some of the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months:

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi | Release Date: August 27 | Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Summary from Goodreads: Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she’s committed to her prim and proper look. When she’s hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match-and she can’t wait to get her admin on. But it’s clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books.

DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady’s attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part-because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn’t seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she’s been hiding from everyone-including herself.

Why I want to read this: Well, let’s see:  small town, librarian, a MC who seems to be socially awkward? I’M SO THERE. This looks completely cute & funny.

The Perfect Match by Kristan HigginsThe Perfect Match
by Kristan Higgins (Blue Heron #2) | Release Date: October 29 | Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Summary by Goodreads: What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise? Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there…or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn’t easier said than done. 

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind. In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn’t easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love.

Why I want to read this: I have read everything Kristan Higgins has written and I’m always anxiously awaiting her next book.  Plus, I really liked the first book in this series and I’m looking forward to getting back to Manningsport.

Surrender to Sultry by Macy BeckettSurrender to Sultry by Macy Beckett (Sultry Springs #3) | Release Date: August 6 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Summary from Goodreads: Leah McMahon is back in Sultry Springs, Texas to help her dad recover from surgery. But there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s none other than Colton Bea, the wild-as-weeds boy who stole her heart a decade earlier. Colt’s a changed man now, and the feelings between these high school sweethearts are stronger than ever. But Leah’s got a secret so devastating that he may never forgive her. Can she find a way to earn absolution and build a future with the sultry man she’s loved half her life?

Why I want to read this: Sultry Springs is a fun place to live, lots of hot, sexy, southern men who just need the love of a good woman.  Colton is particularly fascinating to me after reading the two previous books in the series and I want him to have a happy ending.


I hope you give these books a try, though they may be different than what you’re used to reading! You know what they say, sometimes it’s healthy to sometimes go outside our comfort zone!

Thanks, Estelle & Magan, for letting me have this opportunity.


Ahem. Letting her have this opportunity? SHE STOLE IT!

Okay, I’m kidding. I may have asked Daphne to step in today. But does that really matter than there are new books to read?

Happy reading + be sure to let us know what’s on your grown up TBR lately!

P.S. Thanks to Daphne for being a great sport throughout this process! Be sure to follow her on Twitter too!

7 thoughts on “The Big Kids’ Table: HACKED by Gone Pecan

  1. Sharon @ The Book Barbies says:

    How have I never heard of the Sultry Springs series before? It sounds like it’s right up my alley. ♥

    I’m not sure how I feel about the plot of Love Overdue, but I’ll probably wind up reading it! Small towns and librarians? Yes, please!

    And hooray for the Kristan Higgins love. ♥ I can’t wait to be back in Blue Heron!

  2. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) says:

    So funny, just yesterday (Sunday) someone was recommending Emily Giffin to me. I’ve never read any of her books and since I’ve started reading the adult contemps lately, this friend of mine thought I’d like them. This is twice in two days that I’ve seen her recommended. Also I have Something Borrowed AND Something Blue on my shelves but have NEVER actually removed them from the shelves since I put them there. FOR SHAME. I’m ready for the next Blue Heron book too – I thought The Best Man was really cute. And I’ve heard the Macy Beckett books are really great and Southern so they’re ones that I’ve already got my eye on! This is a great, great Big Kids’ Table. I love it!

  3. Alexa Y. says:

    Where We Belong is probably the only Giffin book that I haven’t read yet! It does sound quite intriguing though, as I’m always interested in exploring parent-child relationships. Theirs does sound complicated, but that just makes it seem more real and interesting to me!

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