At last, all our questions have been answered! Well, at least our questions pertaining to Al and Millie Richardson, Dr. Susan Jeffries, Justin Hinkle, Franklin Thacker, and all the other characters that make up the little town of Goose Creek, Kentucky. “Renovating the Richardsons” is the anticipated sequel to “The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade”, written by Virginia Smith and published by Harvest House. It is the second full-length story in the “Tales From the Goose Creek B&B” series, which also includes an adorable novella entitled “Dr. Horatio vs. The Six-Toed Cat”.
In “Renovating the Richardsons”, favorite characters return with many new stories to tell, but a couple of new residents also make surprising contributions to the tiny town. Old problems are resolved (how did the new painting on the water tower turn out?), but new questions go unanswered (will a massage parlor actually survive in Goose Creek?), leaving the perfect opportunity for another book to be added to the series. While the fun, laid-back tone of the new story remains similar to the original book, unfortunately a little bit of the charm, innocence, and witty humor is lost. Numerous inappropriate comments are made by one particular character, causing the book to lose some of the wholesome appeal of its predecessor.
In general, I recommend “Renovating the Richardsons” to readers who have long been anticipating a return visit to Goose Creek. You will undoubtedly still feel at home in the quirky little town, and the characters will still feel like old friends (or annoying neighbors, depending on the person!). Unfortunately this visit won’t be quite as charming or as whimsical as your first, but the town of Goose Creek and each of its residents still hold a special appeal that will likely never be forgotten. Hopefully a few more “Tales from the Goose Creek B&B” are on the horizon, because even with its flaws, the town never fails to capture a piece of your heart.
This book was provided courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.