Cadence Lewis has been dancing since she could walk. Living in New York with her parents she has the chance to go to the best dance school in the country, but when her father does the unthinkable she’s forced to leave her dreams behind and move to a small southern town with her mom. Cadence is having a hard time adjusting to her new life when she meets Jade Carpenter. Jade starts to show Cadence that small-town life isn’t so bad, but when Cadence has a chance to go back to New York she is on the next flight and will do anything to get her old life back.
“What did you say? A stroke?” I ask with concern and confusion.
“Not literally. If you haven’t noticed it’s hot and sticky here, makes you feel like you’re a stick of butter melting. I can promise that you don’t want to be out here in the heat of the day, but if you don’t get to moving, you will be.”
“I’m not doing any of it Gran. This is not what I signed up to do.”
“Sugar, the moment you disrespected me was the moment I knew it was time to teach you a lesson or two about life. So pick up those boots and march your ass right in there.” Holy shit! Gran cursed!
“What? Shit ain’t a bad word. Look out there. There’s plenty of it,” she says pointing to the pasture. As I turn back to Gran I notice my cellphone lodged in a pile of crap.
“Gran, my phone! It landed in a pile of crap.”
“Well, brush it off.”
“Oh, no, I’m not touching that and now I need a new phone. How am I going to talk to Lauren and my other friends without a phone?”
“I have one in the house. Now quit your whining and get started on those stalls.”
Reluctantly, I follow Gran into the barn. Hearing a crazy sound, I have no idea what I’m about to do, but I pray it doesn’t have anything to do with a cow’s tatas.
Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.
Growing up Casey wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks' novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.
When Casey isn't writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.
Tutus & Cowboy Boots (Part 1)
As a reader, I am usually rather easy to please when I stick to my preferred genres. Casey Peeler does not disappoint with this story but I do miss a little something which is why it is a 4 star read rather than 5 star. Still, if you are a teenager/young adult (rather than a soon-to-be old lady like myself) you will most likely enjoy this book.
Cadence Lewis is your typical teenage girl who is dealing with feeling of betrayal and abandonment. When relocated to a destination she deems beneath her she comes across as a stuck-up, I-am-too-good-for you little Miss Diva. Cadence is written well enough but the character does not surprise.
Barrick is the good old well-mannered Southern country boy again with no surprise to his character. He made me smile though as he pulled pranks on Cadence, and I do believe, we would all like to bring him home.
If you are looking for a new twist to a seen before plot, then keep looking. But if you want a feel-good-make-you-smile book that leaves you happy, then this is for you.
BEWARE! This book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger.