Count Your Blessings: A Novella

cover60818-mediumAuthor: Sharon Sala

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Previously titled Color Me Bad, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala dishes up Count Your Blessings, a contemporary romance piled high with love, laughter, and plenty of heart in Blessings, Georgia!

As the respectable wife of the town preacher, Patty June Clymer never thought she’d have to worry about a cheating husband. But when things come to a head, Patty decides to take charge of her life by kicking her no-good husband out her house, and getting a total makeover at the popular local salon. With a new spiky black haircut and a new outlook on life, Patty goes from mousy and meek to living large and in charge, and fairly starts a revolution in the small town of Blessings, Georgia.


Review: This short novella by Sharon Sala is a sugary sweet depiction of small-town life in the south, where all the gossip to be had can be found in the local hive of activity–the hair salon Curl Up and Dye. Ruby Dye was the proprietor, who’d moved to Blessings twelve years earlier with only enough money from her divorce settlement to buy the beauty parlor and set up shop. So far, so good, as she’d filled a need the little town was desperate for.

Patty June Clymer knew her husband was cheating on her, and it was unfortunate that the object of his affections–Bobbette–chose to come into the Curl Up and Dye at the same time as her weekly appointment. Hearing why Ruby had left her cheating husband only added to her fury, and her revenge left a startled town gasping in its wake. The men of Blessings, startled out of their placid lives, chose to denigrate Patty June–in case their wives got any uppity ideas.

But the women saw things in their own lives that made them wonder if what Patty June did was right. Maybe taking back a little of their own was what was needed.

So, quiet little Patty June Clymer, the Baptist pastor’s wife, started a revolution in that sleepy little town that created quite a stir. And when she dyed her hair and went on a trip to Italy to start a new life, every woman in town celebrated with her!

I really enjoyed the small town Southern humor but had problems with some formatting errors and the fact that this was a reissue. However, the story was sweet and short and it’s worth a read if you need something quick, funny and sweet on the beach this summer. Go Patty Jean!


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