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In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club…   The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club…   The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of July no less—featuring lakeside fireworks and a concert by country singer Waddell Mack. Maura Beth has even devised a cooking contest among area chefs and aspiring Julia Childs to crown the Queen of the Cookbooks. Yet even Maura Beth’s careful plotting can’t prevent some glitches…   Between a furniture fiasco that requires some creative problem-solving, and front-desk clerk Renette’s major crush on Waddell Mack, there’s equal parts drama and comic relief. Once the ribbon has been cut and the delicious recipes are judged, the Queen of the Cookbooks will take her crown, and the Cherry Cola Book Club, along with Maura Beth and her staff, will have the library of their dreams. But it’ll take luck, loyal friendships, and the shared love of a powerful story to make this a truly happy beginning…   Praise for The Cherry Cola Book Club novels   “An intrepid librarian, a book club feast, and a cozy, heart-warming Mississippi mystery—what's not to love?” --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet   “Lee’s buoyant David-versus-Goliath tale zestfully illuminates a real problem confronting libraries and cities of all sizes.” --Booklist


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In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club…   The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club…   The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of July no less—featuring lakeside fireworks and a concert by country singer Waddell Mack. Maura Beth has even devised a cooking contest among area chefs and aspiring Julia Childs to crown the Queen of the Cookbooks. Yet even Maura Beth’s careful plotting can’t prevent some glitches…   Between a furniture fiasco that requires some creative problem-solving, and front-desk clerk Renette’s major crush on Waddell Mack, there’s equal parts drama and comic relief. Once the ribbon has been cut and the delicious recipes are judged, the Queen of the Cookbooks will take her crown, and the Cherry Cola Book Club, along with Maura Beth and her staff, will have the library of their dreams. But it’ll take luck, loyal friendships, and the shared love of a powerful story to make this a truly happy beginning…   Praise for The Cherry Cola Book Club novels   “An intrepid librarian, a book club feast, and a cozy, heart-warming Mississippi mystery—what's not to love?” --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet   “Lee’s buoyant David-versus-Goliath tale zestfully illuminates a real problem confronting libraries and cities of all sizes.” --Booklist

30 review for Queen of the Cookbooks

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club… The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of July no less—featuring lakeside fireworks and a concert by country singer Waddell Mack. Maura Beth has even devised a Synopsis: In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club… The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of July no less—featuring lakeside fireworks and a concert by country singer Waddell Mack. Maura Beth has even devised a cooking contest among area chefs and aspiring Julia Childs to crown the Queen of the Cookbooks. Yet even Maura Beth’s careful plotting can’t prevent some glitches… Between a furniture fiasco that requires some creative problem-solving, and front-desk clerk Renette’s major crush on Waddell Mack, there’s equal parts drama and comic relief. Once the ribbon has been cut and the delicious recipes are judged, the Queen of the Cookbooks will take her crown, and the Cherry Cola Book Club, along with Maura Beth and her staff, will have the library of their dreams. But it’ll take luck, loyal friendships, and the shared love of a powerful story to make this a truly happy beginning… (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. Maura Beth is a hard worker and she is determined to make the library grand opening successful. I liked the fact that she did not let hard work and problems stop her. I also liked the fact that the other members of the book club stood by her side and were very willing to help her. I really liked that this plot revolved around a library. There were so many things that went wrong but some of them were rather humorous and unusual. I also liked the fact that recipes were included, which sounded delicious. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written humorous women’s fiction. This is the first book that I have read in the series and I did not have any trouble following along. But I wish I had read the other books so I could see the growth of the characters. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenges: LizzieFaye's Comfy Reads - Cherry Cola Club Books Series January 2019; and Steeped in Books Stacking the Series 2019/Create Your Own Readathon - Tertiary List, Level Two/5. Will revelations never cease in Cherico, Mississippi? New characters, reintroduced characters, and major changes in the lives of lead characters keep the ball rolling in Cherico. Challenges: LizzieFaye's Comfy Reads - Cherry Cola Club Books Series January 2019; and Steeped in Books Stacking the Series 2019/Create Your Own Readathon - Tertiary List, Level Two/5. Will revelations never cease in Cherico, Mississippi? New characters, reintroduced characters, and major changes in the lives of lead characters keep the ball rolling in Cherico.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Phillips

    Loved it! Catching up with old friends. Planning for Spurs to come to town brings in a new character, Ana, and the new library opening bring plenty of problems and fun. Ana says, "I'm very proud of my Hispanic heritage, but I always say that history can only get us so far. What really counts is what we do with ourselves in the present,..." (pg 25) and I heartily agree. Maura Beth is dealing with people signing up for the cooking contest going on during the opening of the library and the book says, Loved it! Catching up with old friends. Planning for Spurs to come to town brings in a new character, Ana, and the new library opening bring plenty of problems and fun. Ana says, "I'm very proud of my Hispanic heritage, but I always say that history can only get us so far. What really counts is what we do with ourselves in the present,..." (pg 25) and I heartily agree. Maura Beth is dealing with people signing up for the cooking contest going on during the opening of the library and the book says, "Maura Beth steeled herself with a smile, as she always did when she encountered difficult patrons. In such instances her objective was always to conceal what she was really thinking." (pg 35) I am working on this trait as a fairly new worker at a library and reading and recording scripture that applies and helps my attitude helps me as well as reading books about library, and general books that cover all businesses, customer service. "The bond among all the members of The Cherry Cola Book Club had only grown stronger with the passage of time, and they supported one another whenever and wherever they could." (pg 119) I hope our book club members get as close as the Cherry Cola Book Club. I hated chapter 8. Not all Christians act like Renette's parents and it makes all Christians look like judgemental, opinionated, loser, quacks. I hope people are smart enough to know that not all Christians are alike. You shouldn't judge a group by the actions of one person, whether real or imagined in a story. "This was what a library should be about - involving the community in a variety of ways, making it seem as diverting as a movie theater or a county fair with all the crazy rides that took your breath away. To the point that the public would always be wondering what fun, enticing event was going on at the library. To the degree that it would always be a relevant part of the lives of Chericoans." I love this series and hope that Ashton Lee has plans to write more. Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt(s) – A book about food

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Although Ashton Lee hasn't wrapped up his Cherry Cola Book Club series, he brings one of Library Director Maura Beth McShay's dreams to a successful conclusion in Queen of the Cookbooks. Faithful readers will rejoice along with the members of the club, but it's obvious Maura Beth faces trouble in the future. Finally! It's been a seven-year struggle, but Cherico, Mississippi is finally ready to open the new library, with all the pageantry of a July 4th celebration. But, Maura Beth confides to her Although Ashton Lee hasn't wrapped up his Cherry Cola Book Club series, he brings one of Library Director Maura Beth McShay's dreams to a successful conclusion in Queen of the Cookbooks. Faithful readers will rejoice along with the members of the club, but it's obvious Maura Beth faces trouble in the future. Finally! It's been a seven-year struggle, but Cherico, Mississippi is finally ready to open the new library, with all the pageantry of a July 4th celebration. But, Maura Beth confides to her new husband that something's missing. It's on a wandering trip one day that she realizes they don't have food for the grand opening. Her plan? Tents offering food, and a contest to name the best dish, with the person who made the dish crowned as Queen of the Cookbooks. But, nothing comes easy for the Library Director. Two of the cooks are at war, determined to beat each other, using sabotage if necessary. But, the two warring contestants are the least of Maura Beth's problems. Her teenage clerk, Renette, has a crush on country star and entrepreneur Waddell Mack. She has dreams that could only stir up trouble with her conservative parents. And, those parents have already confronted Maura Beth, complaining about the books in the library while demanding the removal of some of them. Ashton Lee's novels always have charming Southern characters, lively book discussions, and mouthwatering recipes. Maura Beth McShay has grown into a confident library director who faces down controversy, and unites the citizens of Cherico once again in this enjoyable book. Queen of the Cookbooks is the culmination of an ongoing storyline, and what should be the culmination of any Library Director's career. It's time for Maura Beth to move on with her personal life, although, as always there will be issues to deal with at the library.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Cherico, Mississippi is trying to update their library to become state-of-the-art, but as many cities have found, coming up with funds is not an easy thing to do. Librarian, Maura Beth McShay is leading the charge by organizing a "Queen of the Cookbooks" contest that is proving to be a real challenge! This story has the quirky characters that you would definitely expect in the Cherry Cola Book Club. The plot is funny and the characters are hilarious! Enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone Cherico, Mississippi is trying to update their library to become state-of-the-art, but as many cities have found, coming up with funds is not an easy thing to do. Librarian, Maura Beth McShay is leading the charge by organizing a "Queen of the Cookbooks" contest that is proving to be a real challenge! This story has the quirky characters that you would definitely expect in the Cherry Cola Book Club. The plot is funny and the characters are hilarious! Enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who would like a good chuckle! Queen of the Cookbooks by Ashton Lee will be available November 29, 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corp. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    This was a hard one for me to get into. At first I didn't like the writing style and not being from America I felt some things were lost to me. But when I got more into the boom. I found myself enjoying it more. I am happy that I stuck with it and finished reading it. The book is set in Cherico Mississippi. Maura Beth McShay is opening a new library. The new library had set back after set back but is set to open on the forth of July. Don't worry this significant date wasn't lost on me. This was a hard one for me to get into. At first I didn't like the writing style and not being from America I felt some things were lost to me. But when I got more into the boom. I found myself enjoying it more. I am happy that I stuck with it and finished reading it. The book is set in Cherico Mississippi. Maura Beth McShay is opening a new library. The new library had set back after set back but is set to open on the forth of July. Don't worry this significant date wasn't lost on me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim j

    I got into this series because I'm a Coke collector but I discovered that I enjoy the series. its not my usual read and it can be a bit over the top with expressions, preachy things and such but that is also what makes it quirky & fun. I hope the series continues and thanks for something different!! I got into this series because I'm a Coke collector but I discovered that I enjoy the series. its not my usual read and it can be a bit over the top with expressions, preachy things and such but that is also what makes it quirky & fun. I hope the series continues and thanks for something different!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    The Cherry Cola Book Club gathers again in Ashton Lee's fifth novel Queen of the Cookbooks. Maura Beth Mayhew is the local librarian in the small southern town of Cherico, Mississippi. The new state of the art library is due to open on July 4th, during a city-wide celebration and cooking challenge on the library grounds. A couple of out of town entrants get heated during the competition causing a food fight in the middle of the celebration. Meanwhile, Maura Beth is dealing with a local church wh The Cherry Cola Book Club gathers again in Ashton Lee's fifth novel Queen of the Cookbooks. Maura Beth Mayhew is the local librarian in the small southern town of Cherico, Mississippi. The new state of the art library is due to open on July 4th, during a city-wide celebration and cooking challenge on the library grounds. A couple of out of town entrants get heated during the competition causing a food fight in the middle of the celebration. Meanwhile, Maura Beth is dealing with a local church who is trying to get her fired for having unsavory books in her stacks. It seems like things never change in Cherico but one thing you can count on is the help from friends and family. The message that shines through is one of tolerance and understanding, and the love of family and friends can weather any storm. Another enjoyable read about this little southern town. I am enjoying the series and see Lee's writing mature with each new book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Reading books about libraries and librarians like Ashton Lee’s Queen of the Cookbooks (A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel), takes me back to working in the public library. This is the third Cherry Cola Book Club novel I have read and library world has not changed. Cherico, Mississippi Librarian Maura Beth McShay is celebrating a new library. The success has not come cheap, as Maura Beth had prevailed upon the assistance of the library book club and several large donors. The opening festivities includ Reading books about libraries and librarians like Ashton Lee’s Queen of the Cookbooks (A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel), takes me back to working in the public library. This is the third Cherry Cola Book Club novel I have read and library world has not changed. Cherico, Mississippi Librarian Maura Beth McShay is celebrating a new library. The success has not come cheap, as Maura Beth had prevailed upon the assistance of the library book club and several large donors. The opening festivities include fireworks by the lake, but it is the explosion that takes place at the ‘best in show of cooking’ events that ignites the opening ceremony. It seems some contestants feel the contest has been rigged. Enjoy life in everyday library world in Cherico, Mississippi and have a few laughs along the way with Ashton Lee. Finally, do not forget to support your local libraries – it cost less than $1 a year and the benefits are priceless.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I love this series (Cherry Cola Book Club). Maybe it's because I was a librarian for years or maybe I just love the town of Cherico, Mississippi. The new state of the arts library is set to open and Maura is busy planning the grand opening for the 4th of July. With a visit from Waddell Mack, country music sensation the event is sure to be a success even if it's picketed by the local strict church. With delays and glitches galore, Maura is stressing out. She decides to have a cooking contest with I love this series (Cherry Cola Book Club). Maybe it's because I was a librarian for years or maybe I just love the town of Cherico, Mississippi. The new state of the arts library is set to open and Maura is busy planning the grand opening for the 4th of July. With a visit from Waddell Mack, country music sensation the event is sure to be a success even if it's picketed by the local strict church. With delays and glitches galore, Maura is stressing out. She decides to have a cooking contest with everyone welcome to enter and set up food tents. Lots of yummy recipes at the end of the book. A great addition to this series, you don't have to read the previous books to love this one but it's worth it to have background and info .

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    I have really wanted to love this series, but I've really struggled with it. I think many of the parts I find odd, annoying, or offensive could have been rectified with different editing. The whole premise so far has been promising, but there are bits of dialogue and descriptions that take me out of the story because I'm too busy thinking that in real life people would know better than to say such a thing. This is also the second book that I've read lately that featured radical fundamentalist Ch I have really wanted to love this series, but I've really struggled with it. I think many of the parts I find odd, annoying, or offensive could have been rectified with different editing. The whole premise so far has been promising, but there are bits of dialogue and descriptions that take me out of the story because I'm too busy thinking that in real life people would know better than to say such a thing. This is also the second book that I've read lately that featured radical fundamentalist Christians who are trying to cause trouble. Since I'm a Christian with a solid faith who is NOT a radical fundamentalist, I always hate to see Christian's vilified or portrayed as "crazy." I know that it happens, it just isn't a trope that I enjoy reading about.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Maura is busy getting ready for the grand opening of the new library, getting it built has been a big fight and the furniture still hasn't arrived. She has planned for a band and a big cooking contest where two of the contestants have a major battle. There is also a church group that protests outside the library for weeks because they don't agree with the most of the books the library has. Maura gets her Cheryl Cola book club to support the library. Then her sister-in-law shows up as an unwed mo Maura is busy getting ready for the grand opening of the new library, getting it built has been a big fight and the furniture still hasn't arrived. She has planned for a band and a big cooking contest where two of the contestants have a major battle. There is also a church group that protests outside the library for weeks because they don't agree with the most of the books the library has. Maura gets her Cheryl Cola book club to support the library. Then her sister-in-law shows up as an unwed mother giving the town more to talk about.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judy Aulik

    Not my favorite book in the Cherry Cola Book Club Series. As usual, Lee hits it out of the park with her setting, but I must be missing something to do with cooking contests, because here in the north, they focus on one dish such as chili or ribs, not a mish-mash of courses. If you're reading directly through the series, it's not so bad you'd want to skip "Queen," but it's a lesser effort. Not my favorite book in the Cherry Cola Book Club Series. As usual, Lee hits it out of the park with her setting, but I must be missing something to do with cooking contests, because here in the north, they focus on one dish such as chili or ribs, not a mish-mash of courses. If you're reading directly through the series, it's not so bad you'd want to skip "Queen," but it's a lesser effort.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Victoria McMahon

    Probably one of the better books in the series. I really enjoyed this one. I can't wait for the next book Probably one of the better books in the series. I really enjoyed this one. I can't wait for the next book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    A great story of love and friendship.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    My favorite book of the series! It is very pro-library and shows how libraries are so important. I liked the sub-plots as well. Good character development, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather(Gibby)

    a typical cozy mystery, but there really isn't even a mystery in this one. I read this without reading the previous 4 books in the series, so I couldn't get into these characters a typical cozy mystery, but there really isn't even a mystery in this one. I read this without reading the previous 4 books in the series, so I couldn't get into these characters

  18. 4 out of 5

    Virma

    Enjoyable read. A little bit of drama but still light and true to form. However, very little surprises and predictable at times yet that did not affect my reading experience. Thumbs up!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Love this series This has been a great series. I am looking forward to reading the next book. You won’t be disappointed in this series

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Grainger

    I didn't think I would enjoy this book quite so much,but it was such a fun read! I didn't think I would enjoy this book quite so much,but it was such a fun read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Soc Page

    mrs frieze's cheeze balls aleitha larken's chicken on the sofa maybelle pleasance's no-sugar-added cherry cake ana estrella's pigeon pea cake mrs frieze's cheeze balls aleitha larken's chicken on the sofa maybelle pleasance's no-sugar-added cherry cake ana estrella's pigeon pea cake

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tosha

    Eh... It just yammered on and on.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Helfrich

    Not my favorite installment of this series but worth reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 Stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: Queen of the Cookbooks - Cherry Cola Book Club Mystery Book 5 Author: Ashton Lee Published: 11-29-2016 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 304 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781496705785 ASIN: B01CMGS37G Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 Stars I received a copy of "Queen of Cookbooks" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description In the quirk Title: Queen of the Cookbooks - Cherry Cola Book Club Mystery Book 5 Author: Ashton Lee Published: 11-29-2016 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 304 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781496705785 ASIN: B01CMGS37G Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 Stars I received a copy of "Queen of Cookbooks" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club… The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of July no less—featuring lakeside fireworks and a concert by country singer Waddell Mack. Maura Beth has even devised a cooking contest among area chefs and aspiring Julia Childs to crown the Queen of the Cookbooks. Yet even Maura Beth’s careful plotting can’t prevent some glitches… Between a furniture fiasco that requires some creative problem-solving, and front-desk clerk Renette’s major crush on Waddell Mack, there’s equal parts drama and comic relief. Once the ribbon has been cut and the delicious recipes are judged, the Queen of the Cookbooks will take her crown, and the Cherry Cola Book Club, along with Maura Beth and her staff, will have the library of their dreams. But it’ll take luck, loyal friendships, and the shared love of a powerful story to make this a truly happy beginning… My review of "Queen of Cookbooks": A great read centering around the grand opening of a new library in Chericho. The town's cooks get together to compete for the title of Queen of Cookbooks. What ensues is a past paced mystery with plenty of clues being dropped a few unexpected twists twist and a lot of fun. This is the fifth book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone with little to no problems. Readers may want to read the previous stories in the series to see how much the characters have grown and change and to get a better grip on their personal interrelationships. A very good read for lovers of cozy mysteries. My rating of "Queen of Cookbooks is 4.25 out of 5 stars. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CMGS37G/... Barnes and Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queen... GoodReads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... The Reading Room link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the fifth book in the Cherry Cola Book Club Series by Ashton Lee, but it is the first one that I read. I did not need to read the others, but I wish that I had. The characters personality development over the previous entries in the series would have been a definite plus. Having said that, the book was enjoyable, fun with some serious issues as well. Cherico, Mississippi is ready to open a new, up to date library library during its July 4th celebrations. There will be an open house with t This is the fifth book in the Cherry Cola Book Club Series by Ashton Lee, but it is the first one that I read. I did not need to read the others, but I wish that I had. The characters personality development over the previous entries in the series would have been a definite plus. Having said that, the book was enjoyable, fun with some serious issues as well. Cherico, Mississippi is ready to open a new, up to date library library during its July 4th celebrations. There will be an open house with tours, a book signing, fireworks and a concert, but, Maura Beth, the head librarian, thinks something is missing. During a trip to a small neighbouring town, she realizes that they need food as part of the celebration and comes up with a contest. She wants to have tents offering food, and a contest to name the best dish in various categories, with the person who made the best dish crowned as Queen of the Cookbooks. It sounds simple enough but what happens is quite entertaining. Along with that, Renette, one of the library employees was raised by a very strict, religious family. They sneak about the celebration to spy on their daughter and the library comings and goings. Renette also gets herself in a little trouble that brings down the wrath of her parent's church. There are some charming and not so charming Southern characters in the book. They are a bit quirky and their speech is a little strange and can sometimes be a stumbling block when reading. There are lively book discussions during the one meeting of the Cherry Cola Book Club, and delicious sounding food. Maura Beth McShay is a confident library director who faces down controversy, and unites the citizens of Cherico in this enjoyable book. I gather from comments that her character has grown quite a bit in the previous books. The other members of the book club are all loyal, strong and somewhat headstrong as well. They support Maura and come to her aid when she needs them. Overall I liked this story and the little town of Cherico, but I do recommend that you read the previous books first if you want the full picture of the characters and the town. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Byrnes

    Great next installment Really loved this book and this series. Can't wait for the next installment to see where the characters go next. It's been fun watching the characters develop and I've really enjoyed meeting all the new characters who have been introduced in each book. Great next installment Really loved this book and this series. Can't wait for the next installment to see where the characters go next. It's been fun watching the characters develop and I've really enjoyed meeting all the new characters who have been introduced in each book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    In the fifth Cherry Cola novel we join Maura Beth and her crew near the opening of the long awaited new library. As always, a few hiccups are experienced and we learn more about how having some close knit friends can help you overcome any obstacle large or small. You can always guarantee reading the Cherry Cola books will send me running to the internet to look up something interesting I do not know. In this book it was pigeon peas. An interesting little vegetable that can be used in a sweet dis In the fifth Cherry Cola novel we join Maura Beth and her crew near the opening of the long awaited new library. As always, a few hiccups are experienced and we learn more about how having some close knit friends can help you overcome any obstacle large or small. You can always guarantee reading the Cherry Cola books will send me running to the internet to look up something interesting I do not know. In this book it was pigeon peas. An interesting little vegetable that can be used in a sweet dish. I can't wait to try the recipe. Whether this is your first trip to Cherico, MS or a repeat you won't leave disappointed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Cherry Cola series written by Ashton Lee. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is an easy, light read about the Grand Opening of the towns new library in Cherico,Mississippi with Maura Beth McShay and her friends. There is so much to do to prepare for the opening and of course there is drama and occurances that are unplanned. A heart-warming mystery, loyalty of friends makes this a book you will enjoy along with several good recipes. This is another Cherry Cola Book Club Novel.

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