With: Courtney Rice Gager
When Tess Dougherty leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina, she doesn't quite know what to expect. She supposes life will be a little quieter there, and figures she'll have a better view of the stars. But upon arriving in this small town, she's immediately aware of the fact that she doesn't quite fit in. Here are the top five small-town culture shock moments for Tess, along with exclusive, never-before-released teasers from the book.
5. Cell phone service is not guaranteed.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“I’m calling for roadside assistance.”
“Good luck. Cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”
I turned around and glared at him. “What?”
“I said cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”
“I heard you. That’s insane.”
“Go ahead and try. Maybe you have some fancy magical cell phone.”
I rolled my eyes and turned away again, attempting to place a call. He was right. Nothing.
4. Gossip wears running shoes.
“Where did she hear a thing like that, anyway?” I asked. “Have you been spreading rumors?”
He shook his head. “No. I like to mind my own business. Word just has a way of traveling real fast around here."
3. The radio plays country music. And only country music.
“Doesn’t anyone around here listen to anything but country music?” I asked.
“You don’t like country music, Heels?”
“Well you just gotta let yourself like it, is all.”
“You don’t just let yourself like something.”
“You do when it comes to country music. Go on, let yourself like it. Stop trying to pretend you’re better than country music, Heels.”
“I may be crazy, but I’m right.”
He turned up the music louder and sang all the way home.
2. The hottest date spot in town is a total dive.
We pulled up to an old, rustic building. It was made of weathered wooden boards, a few of which had broken off at some point and never been replaced. A partially-lit neon “open” sign blinked from its mounting place on the door.
“Here we are.” He parked the truck and turned off the engine.
It looked like such a dive, that at first, I thought he might be joking. But he unbuckled his seatbelt and stepped out of the truck. I hopped out and followed him toward the entrance.
1. The people here are keeping a secret - a secret that holds the biggest shock of all.
What was with the people in this town? It was as if everyone were in on some big secret. Everyone, of course, except for me.
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Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.
Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.