With its corrugated iron siding and cramped
interior, the Cherico, Mississippi, library is no Antebellum gem. But for young
librarian Maura Beth Mayhew, it’s as essential to the community as the delicious
desserts at the Twinkle, Twinkle Café. It’s a place for neighbors to mingle and
browse through the newest bestsellers, for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles
to host her “Who’s Who in Cherico?” meetings. The library may be underfunded and
overlooked, but it’s Maura Beth’s pride, and she won’t let the good ole boys on
the City Council close it down without a fight.
Which is why Maura Beth has founded the Cherry Cola Book Club—a last-ditch
attempt to boost circulation and save her job. Over potluck dinners featuring
treasured family recipes, the booklovers of Cherico come together to talk about
literary classics. But soon it’s not just Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee being
discussed over chicken gumbo and homemade biscuits with green pepper jelly.
Secrets are shared, old dreams rekindled, and new loves slowly blossom.
Southern charm, wit, and warmth combine in this delightful novel about great
books, true friends, and the stories that give life its richest meaning, on and
off the page.