Tissues, Issues, and Love

This book review was written as part of the Write Tribe’s Festival of Words-3. You can read other book reviews here.

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Bayou Sweetheart by Lenora Worth is a  Christian Romance book. Let me recommend not only the book, but an entire box of tissues. Stayed up past midnight (which is very unusual for me) just to finish it and bawled through the last half. 



I judge books by two things: Can they make me laugh out loud or cry real tears. This one passes.

“When I came here, I thought I’d finally achieved all my goals. I thought I did have everything I’d ever wanted. But…I don’t have you. And I know I don’t deserve you, so you need to explain something to me, Callie. Why are you here?” Bayou Sweetheart by Lenora Worth

Two flawed characters. Emotionally scarred. Emotionally scared. Seemingly incapable of opening themselves up to romantic love again, Tomas Delacorte and Callie Moreau find themselves introduced by dancing in the rain.



Overcoming loss is a prevalent theme in this novel. These characters face the intentional loss of people walking away from them and the unintentional loss when people die. It is the overwhelming loss that has caused Tomas and Callie to become the guarded individuals they are when they meet each other.

Despite attempts by each of them to maintain professional space, ok, maybe Callie doesn’t really do professional space, they can’t seem to keep from being in the same place at the same time. Callie’s love for life seems to call out to some hidden recess in Tomas’ reclusive soul and before long he is pursuing her.

Callie might love life, but her past losses and betrayal run far too deep for her to take another chance with her heart. She has her family. She doesn’t need Tomas. 

Someone forgot to tell her heart and her family what her head keeps screaming, though.



If you’re an emotional reader, I’m not kidding, tissues will be a must. I’ve steered clear of the deep stuff, but there are health issues, mental health issues, and that’s on top of a love story. 

Five stars for a book that when I read the first page I thought I wouldn’t like. Turns out I found love on bayou.

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28 responses to this post.

  1. Probably not my kind of book as I'm not into romance.

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  2. I am most definitely an emotional reader — you got me with your review!! Let alone the book LOL Sounds like my kind of book – thank you for sharing

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  3. Ok, I prepare the tissue box and will check it out! Sounds like one I waould want to read. Didn't know about it, thanks for the tip:-)

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  4. I think I may add this to my future reading list. I love Christian romances cause I know I am not going to run into lots of foul language or other scenes I want to avoid.

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  5. I like love stories. Great that you loves it as much as to give it five stars 🙂 Thanks!

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  6. Overcoming the loss could be tough. Writing about it could be tougher. I would love to read this book. Adding it to my list to read

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  7. I still have scars from the death of my wife Lisa 10 yrs ago. Last year I was finally able to gain enough closure so I quit unconsciously sabotaging myself.

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  8. I actually read adventure and crime related books. but il give it a try! the summarize gave me something of interested. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Oh man! You totally make me want to read this one. I'm a very very emotional reader and I'm pretty much certain that I would love this one!

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  10. “Emotionally scarred. Emotionally scared”… this has piqued my interest and I do love reading romantic fiction every now and then! Thanks for a wonderful review, Carrie. 🙂

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  11. Very interesting review. It has aroused interest for reading the book.

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  12. “Emotionally scarred. Emotionally scared”… I want to read it now..

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  13. Wow, this one must really connect!

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  15. wow!! It sounds very interesting.. but I'm not an emotional reader unfortunately.. so, will I still enjoy the book just as much?
    I guess the only way to find out is to read it 🙂

    Thank you for the review

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  16. Psych, If you are morally opposed to the genre or romance, then no this will not be your cup of tea! Thanks for dropping by to comment, though!

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  17. Carol,

    I liked this one a lot. I didn't think I would when I first met the heroine, but I really came to connect to her. Turns out we were a lot alike. Minus the health issues. If you read it I'd like to hear your opinion.

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  18. Eli, please let me know what you thought if you read it! Thanks for dropping by!

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  19. Cindy, This is probably right up your alley! I think you will really enjoy it. I'd love to hear your review. 🙂

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  20. Kajal, Thanks for dropping in to read and comment. I'm a sucker for a love story!

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  21. Hemlata, Please come back and tell me what you thought about the book! I can't wait to see if other agree or disagree with my review.

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  22. Fred,

    This book is NOT for you. Please don't sabotage yourself by reading it. Thank you for taking the time to read my review and comment. I will be praying for your continued healing.

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  23. I also like adventure and crime, but romance is my guilty pleasure.

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  24. Ishithaa, I would love to hear what you think about this one if you read it! Please drop back by to give me your opinion!

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  25. Shilpa, Thank you for your comment. Romance is my guilty pleasure. I do my heavy reading for work. I'm an English teacher.

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  26. Thanks for dropping in, Usha! I hope you enjoy the book if you pick it up.

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  27. Jyotsna, 🙂 I wish my students responded this way! Please let me know what you think if you do read this!

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  28. Michelle,

    I really enjoyed this one. I read a lot of books, and not many get my stamp of approval.

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