The Event

The Creek Water Series Book 1

Fiction - Chick Lit
313 Pages
Reviewed on 10/26/2019
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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

The Event (Creek Water series Book 1) by Whitney Dineen is an entertaining rom-com that has all the flair of a Hallmark movie. Emmeline Anne Frothingham moved to New York to escape the catty group led by Cootie Wilcox and to prove to everyone that she can take care of herself. However, a one night stand puts a spanner in the works. Emmie must return to Creek Water, her tail tucked between her legs. She’s an unmarried mother and Cootie is unwilling to let her forget that. Enter Zachary Grant, the most eligible bachelor in town who seems to blow hot then cold every other day. Can Emmie let herself develop feelings for Zac, especially when she carries an embarrassing secret that could destroy whatever is left of her reputation in town and, worse, in Zac’s eyes?

In The Event, we have a clash of small-town ideals and younger generational values. Whitney Dineen takes small-town drama to the next level. With plenty of hilarious scenes sprinkled throughout, you’re guaranteed many belly-aching laughs. I loved Emmie’s family. They were just too much. Matchmakers, gossips(the good kind), fighters for the ones they love and a close-knit group. Anyone would wish to have them at their back. As for Zac and Emmie, they were just so adorable. The fact that Emmie couldn’t hold her tequila to save her life means she couldn’t remember the man who impregnated her with his lethal swimmers during The Event and this makes their relationship all the more deliciously complicated. On a serious note, the author addresses the damage gossip and hatred can do to a society. I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be looking out for more funny, scandalously outrageous romance from this author.

K.C. Finn

The Event is a work of heart-warming chick-lit penned by author Whitney Dineen and forms the first book in The Creek Water Series. Set amongst small-town dramas, family ties, secrets and romances, this highly enjoyable light read focuses on central heroine Emmeline Frothingham. She once left her small hometown of Creek Water, Missouri for the bright lights of New York City, where she was doing pretty well for herself. But when a drunken disaster sees Emmie on her way back to her family, suddenly unemployed, the girl that got away must return to face the people and places that made her feel like she had to run in the first place.

This is a quirky and fun drama that also has a lot to say about childhood influence and embracing who you are against all the odds. Emmie is a delightful central character who is bright and successful but also shares many of the flaws that readers will recognize and empathize with throughout the tale. When life hits her hard, the story really gets going, with a fascinating plot full of social dramas, comedic situations and the sparks of romance. Author Whitney Dineen brings this about with a wry narrative style that builds up her punchlines well, as well as excellent and amusing dialogue that serves to bring a fully rounded cast of quirky characters to life. Overall, The Event is the opening to a truly excellent fiction series for chicks (and dudes) seeking a heart-warming but light read.