Life in Lemon Creek

Fiction - Chick Lit
206 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2014
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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

Life in Lemon Creek by Kathryn Welch shares the story of Lucy Rye and the many characters of Lemon Creek. Lucy fell in love with a married man and dated him for years, holding onto the promise that someday he would leave his wife. When she winds up pregnant, she decides that it's time to leave her job and just disappear. She finds herself in the tiny town of Lemon Creek, a place where everyone knows everyone else's business and strangers don't remain strangers for long. Lucy finds herself embraced by the people of the town, making new friends and even a new love interest, James Lee Colton, who just happens to be several years younger than she is. Her new-found happiness is short lived, though, when the baby’s father shows up wanting to be a part of the child's life. Will Lucy be able to hold on to her new found happiness?

The small town feel of this story drew me in immediately. Kathryn Welch's descriptions of Lemon Creek and its residents allowed me to feel as if I had stepped right into the town, meeting the people she met, making the friends she made. Lucy was a well fleshed character, very realistic and so easy to relate to. Becoming pregnant was the catalyst she needed to make a change and, honestly, Lemon Creek was the perfect place to land! James Lee was a dreamboat of a lead man, and the romance that develops between he and Lucy was so sweet; truthfully, she was the only one struggling with the age issue. Several secondary characters and a couple of additional romances woven into the story kept the plot moving at a brisk pace. I found the historical information about the town to be quite interesting and the letters that were discovered in New York left me wishing that the author might explore Claudia's story further in another book. Life in Lemon Creek is a story of relationships and romance, a true gem of a story that provides a wonderful small town setting with characters that became near and dear to my heart. I only hope that Life in Lemon Creek is the first in a series because I would love to reconnect with the characters and the town!

Anne-Marie Reynolds

In Life in Lemon Creek, Kathryn Welch tells us the story of Lucy. Pregnant by her married lover, Lucy ups sticks and moves on without telling him. She finds herself in Lemon Creek, a tiny rural community where she immediately lands a job and a home to rent. Her life seems to bob along, she meets new friends, including colorful local Carolina and Marta who works in the hair salon. Then she meets James Lee and everything changes. From his point of view it was love at first sight; from hers, she's a bit wary. But it doesn't take long for them to become lovers and then move in together. James Lee becomes the father to her baby - until the real father turns up out of the blue. In the meantime, Lucy has had several run-ins with the son of her employer, Frank Jnr, and there seems to be mutual dislike. But, is he the man everyone thinks he is or does he have another side to him, one he hasn't let anyone see for a long time? And Marta, single but gorgeous, gets a job offer she can't refuse - working for Daniel, Lucy's ex-lover. Three stories, all centered around the same place and all irrevocably intertwined.

Life in Lemon Creek by Kathryn Welch was an easy story to read. The plot and the characters were well thought out and the story flowed nicely. I liked the way the three separate stories moved together yet maintained their own identity. Nice story, well written, and easy to follow, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon's read.

Lorena Sanqui

In Kathryn Welch’s new novel, Lucy Rye, almost 40 and pregnant, is looking for a fresh start and she found it in the small town of Lemon Creek. She got a clerical job in a small insurance agency and met a handsome, accepting, kind young man. Life couldn’t get better for Lucy but her insecurities, her boss’ son and the sudden appearance of her child’s father is putting a damper on her new life in Lemon Creek. James Lee, Lucy’s new man, is doing all he can to show Lucy that he will stay for the long haul and that their ages won’t make a difference in his love for her.

Life in Lemon Creek by Kathryn Welch is a sweet, pleasant and romantic novel. Lucy and James Lee’s story was enjoyable but the two other small love stories were also adorable. I loved the quiet and serene town of Lemon Creek. Another thing I loved was the characters. James Lee is very mature in his thinking even though he’s way younger than Lucy. Lucy’s insecurities are understandable, especially considering her past relationship. Marta was a supportive friend and Suzannah was also a good one, but she wasn’t mentioned after her appearance in the first part of the story. Daniel would seem like the bad guy but he was also likable. Frank Jr. had a cute and funny development; he was the thorn in Lucy’s side in the beginning but changed towards the end. The author’s writing is simple and clear with some humor making the reading experience a truly pleasant one.