Review: The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison

The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison
Release Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Pages: 252
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.


Review: I simply fell in love with this new author to me. The way she presented a subject that is still hard for adults to deal with let alone teenagers; it was so tenderly written. I know small life and how hard it is when everyone out there knows you. Georgie and Will made the sweetest couple. Best friends who would do anything for each other. Will’s cousin Beau re-enters their lives which puts things in a tailspin. Georgie is in love with Beau and yet she still pretends for Will to be his girl. It was hard to watch Beau as he stayed true to being that southern gentlemen and watching from the sidelines. I wanted to shake Will and tell him to come out.

I liked how Georgie wanted to and was willing to help Will to any extent but she needed to be happy also. I found Will to be a little insensitive at times. It was all about him but that happens in relationships and Ms. Ellison nailed it.

I enjoyed that this was written in the south it seemed as if things were more gently put. It gave us a gentler way of looking at how hard it is to come out and showed us that it is really simple in the end. Your family is either there for you or not wherever you live.  I loved the whole old fashioned vibe to the story. The strong family ties…. The vivid imagery though out the story…it simply felt like home.

The characters right down to the secondary ones where are so well written it was easy to find yourself fitting into their lives and caring about each of them. It was easy for me to feel for them, care about them, love and yes hate them. They became family and as I was finishing the book I didn’t want it to end.

The charm of this writer in taking something that is hard for teens to share with others for fear of the outcome… and making it somewhat easier and even laughable when it is out because what Will and Georgie just went through seemed silly to have done in the first place.

However it was all done because they were best friends and best friends like that will do anything for each other…They will even pretend to be in a fake relationship while jeopardizing their own love. Old and young alike will enjoy this delightful, heartwarming, southern charm story of Family, friendships, romance and coming out.


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