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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Parade of Horribles by Rhett DeVane is a lovely southern tale. The book mainly follows the lives of besties Jake Witherspoon and Hattie Davis Lewis, although other characters’ lives are focused on too. Jake is receiving some nasty text messages. Combined with that and running a big festival, the situation has him ready to lose it. Hattie has her hands full raising a teenage daughter and taking care of her farm. Together they need to rely on the help of good friends in order to survive.
When I first began reading Parade of Horribles, I thought that it was a book in a series. DeVane gave every character a complex background. I felt initially that I had missed some important history and details from the characters. Reading on, I grew to know and love all the characters. Each character’s history was briefly touched on. Jack was my favorite because of his sarcastic attitude. I had mixed feelings about Elvina Houston, mainly because she reminds me of my very nosy neighbor. I identified with Hattie because of her love for coffee. I am not sure how DeVane managed to pack all the mini-stories going on with all the characters into one book, but she did. This book seems to have it all!
I really enjoyed this book. I now know what to call all the problems going on in my life! I was actually sad when the story came to an end. I would love to see it become a series. I want to read more about the people of Chattahoochee, Florida. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good southern tale.