Things are finally starting to fall into a steady rhythm in the small town of Goose Creek, Kentucky. Millie Richardson is hard at work renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B. Her husband, Al, is busy writing checks for the renovations. And the new vet, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town–not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin. But things never stay quiet for long in Goose Creek. The inner-county softball game is coming up, and Millie volunteers Al as team manager. But the softball team is a disaster. If they’re not going to embarrass themselves in front of the whole of Franklin County, Al needs Justin to play. But Justin lives just outside the city limits, and the rules say that players must live in town. As if that weren’t enough to keep the town gossips busy, a massage therapist has come to town and opened up shop. Imagine–a massage parlor!–in Goose Creek! No decent Creeker will stand for it. It’s up to Al and Millie–again–to save the day.
Sissy: What makes the difference between a good book and a mediocre one? Why, when you start reading some books, time flies, you reach the end too soon, and the characters feel like old friends, and some you struggle through? Renovating the Richardsons is not full of deep subject matter or erudite prose, but it is a truly enjoyable read! It is actually the second book in the Tales from the Goose Creek B&B, the first one being The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade. You are feeling the humor vibe now, I suspect, and when you read the name of the series prequel (Dr. Horatio vs. the Six-Toed Cat) you will understand the tone of these stories about Goose Creek and its inhabitants.
Bubby: What a hoot! One of the central issues happening in Goose Creek is the repainting of the water tower in the center of town. I can just imagine if the town council in the sleepy little town Sissy and I grew up in decided to ever repaint the town water tower (which has been the same shade of dusty blue for decades) with a “decorative mural”. Let’s just say that I can see the same chaos happening that happens in Goose Creek!
Sissy: Totally true! In fact I have a burning desire to go to (very small town Northern California) and begin painting a mural (well, maybe hire someone to paint it..) just to watch mayhem ensue. Renovating the Richardsons is chock full of eccentric small town characters who are described so well you get great pictures popping into your brain. One of my favorites is Tuesday Love, who is unconventional by Goose Creek standards, and is new to the town. She certainly gets the local gossips buzzing and is the a perfect foil for new vet Dr. Susan’s buttoned up father. There are many story lines running through this tale, but they all have a connection to our main characters Al and Millie Richardson, the renovators of the B&B.
Bubby: I am really relating to the Richardsons right now. We’re looking at doing a small bit of remodeling in our house and it’s just such a pain to even get it started. I’m sure when we’re in the middle of it, I’ll regret ever making the decision to do it! I can’t imagine doing a whole house renovation, especially while living in it. I will tell you that the Richardson’s marriage does survive this trial! I’m not sure mine would – my husband is kind and long-suffering but I think I’d be unbearable to live with! Add to that an obnoxious neighbor/co-worker, a baseball game that is waaaay too stressful, mix in a budding romance between the handyman and the new vet, and voila! A perfect warm-hearted celebration of small town life. It doesn’t hurt that the story is set in the middle of a hot summer. It almost convinced me that I was warm, as I sit here wrapped in two blankets, urging my heater to keep up with a temp of 24 degrees.( It doesn’t sound too bad until I tell you that with wind chill it’s actually hovering around 9 degrees…)
Sissy: Yup, a warm summer’s day, a home town baseball game, and a lack of snow sound pretty good right now 🙂 I love, love, loved the sweet and long suffering romance between Susan and Justin, by the way. I’m so glad we were introduced to the whole cast of Renovating the Richardsons–they brightened my day and made me feel like I just found a bunch of new friends!
Bubby: As if my TBR pile wasn’t already big enough, now I’m going to have to add the other two Goose Creek stories. I too love, love, loved Susan and Justin’s romance-in fact, I loved the whole dang book.
We received this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review.