Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec

Published: November 1, 2016

Tara Sivec

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, babysitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

“First it’s stealing wine coolers, then it’s selling your body for the marijuana, and next thing you know, you’re murdering someone in cold blood. I’ve seen Cops, I know how fast people spiral out of control.”

Payton ran from her small town as soon as she graduated, and she has not looked back. She was too busy bringing her coffee shop to life in downtown Chicago. Too busy shedding the shadows and opinions that plagued her all her life. Until she receives a phone call that makes her run back home.

Small towns are notorious for being close but filled with gossip. And this one is no different. Coming home after 12 years wasn’t in the plans, but when an old friend is in the hospital with questionable injuries, Peyton can’t ignore the pull from her heart.

This book is filled with memorable characters, delightful one-liners, and so much love it ought to be illegal. By far, the most charming character is Bettie, but every single character will endear themselves to you in one way or another.

The book’s twist is mildly sad, but with Tara Sivec’s talent for always finding the humor, it all works out. I loved this story so much. From start to finish, these characters and their stories were an absolute delight. You will feel the down-home, good vibes are you fly through these pages.

I loved the sisterhood that Peyton, Emma Jo, and Bettie have. And I love how the town is represented. There is a lot of home-style love and genuine care within these pages.

The inner dialogue throughout this book was almost as funny as the actual dialogue. Something I appreciate is Tara’s ability to find humor in every situation. This story is a smash hit, and I haven’t laughed out loud while reading a book in a while.

And if anyone doesn’t like this book, they can eat a piece of blueberry pie.

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