A love letter to Charleston. A love letter to heritage. 5/5 stars!
A Lowcountry Bride was the delicious Lowcountry slowburn that gave me fireworks at the end. This may have been my first time reading a full work from Preslaysa Williams, but it feels like I’ve known her characters for a lifetime. The community, the family, and the love was all real and came off the page like a much needed warm hug after the mess of a year we’ve had.
I fell in love with Derek from the very first line where he’s introduced to the reader. “Captain Derek T. Sullivan stood prepared for battle against another Lowcountry bridezilla ready to attack.” I rooted for his relationship with Maya to work so badly I couldn’t put down the book as I got closer and closer to the end!
And I fell in love with Maya the moment she struggled to stand up to Laura who well deserved it. I’ve been there myself, afraid to be true to who I am and my heritage. Maya is relatable on a deep level, giving a voice to those who have been voiceless for too long. Preslaysa does an amazing job honoring the past, her ancestors, while giving a hopeful look to the future.
These characters are no strangers to loss, each one struggling with their own wants and needs. But Preslaysa balances their pain with faith. Faith in God and each other. Even if it took them several chapters to reach the light that they find in the communion of their love for one another, that only made it so much more rewarding by the time I reached the end.
I have been so blessed to be able to read this book before its release on June 1st! Every one of these characters are my family now too, and I can’t wait to see more from Preslaysa Williams in the future.
**A COMPLIMENTARY ADVANCED READERS COPY WAS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN**
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