Monday, May 30, 2022

Review - - The Best of Me

The Best of Me
by Sharon Sala
Blessings, Georgia - Book 13
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Reviewed by Santa

There's never a dull moment in Blessings, Georgia:

  • An orphaned little girl desperately needs a new home
  • An eager couple is ready to welcome her with open arms
  • Friendly neighbors are always there for each other
  • In this southern small town, good things happen to good people

Ruby Butterman and her husband, Peanut, cannot have children, but they're given a second chance at a family when eight-year-old orphan Carlie is left in their care. It's a challenge for Carlie to adapt to a new town, a new school, and a new family, and when she gets bullied at school, Ruby and Peanut discover how to step up as parents, and how to make a forever family for their beloved little girl.

Santa Says:

The Best of Me by Sharon Sala is a book that helped this reader bid a fond farewell to the warm, embracing town of Blessings, Georgia. Sharon Sala provides a five star finish to the Blessings, Georgia series as two of the town’s favorite couples (in my humble opinion) - Ruby and Peanut Butterman -  welcome an unexpected bundle of joy.  

Shirley Duroy was dying. There was no mistake in this. She barely made it off the Greyhound bus and into the police station before collapsing. Tragically, she dies but not before making sure police chief, Lon Pittman, got a hold of Ruby Butterman. Shirley made sure she legally named Ruby as guardian of her seven year old daughter Carlie and provided monies for her daughter’s future. 

In the true Blessings way, the whole town rallies to help Carlie adjust with Ruby and Peanut giving all the joy and love they can to Carlie. They were truly blessed with the child they never thought they would be able to have. There are some trials that they face as a family. Carlie faces some bullying from a jealous schoolmate but both girls come out better at the end. 

Sharon Sala’s small town romances tell the story of true love. The Best of Me also has a secondary romance of two people who come home to help their aging parents and work their neighboring family farms. Deborah and Ladd were teenage lovers who went their separate ways. They are reunited here and rediscover each other and their love. 

These two storylines are as wonderful and delicious as the amazing biscuits served at Granny’s. I really enjoy Sharon Sala’s books. The Best of Me and all the other books in this series, can easily be read as stand alones. Enjoy a respite that the town and people of Blessings, Georgia provide.



  1. All I can say this was a wonderful read; have some tissues on hand and am sorry to see this wonderful series end. If you have not read the series, there are many in it - you will have a lot of great reading in your future. Patoct

  2. Thank you for the review. I have read a few os Sala's books, but not gotten into this series. Right now, a welcoming small town is just what many of us need. This sounds like a lovely book and the series one to fill the bill for a refreshing, warm visit. One for my wish list.

  3. I agree whole-heartedly. I loved this story. Definitely needed tissues nearby while reading. Thanks for the review.

  4. Thanks for the lovely review. This is an author I have not read yet. You have made me realize I am missing stories which would be absolutely perfect for me. Hope everyone is smiling today.

  5. I know you'll love her. She also writes romantic suspense.