The Only Game in Town

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Pub Date 21 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2023
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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The Westing Game meets Sweet Home Alabama in The Only Game in Town, in which an eccentric millionaire’s fortune could change one woman’s life forever…if only she can win it!

Nothing ever changes in Redford, Georgia. It’s part of what freelance editor Jess Reid loves about her hometown—and part of what keeps her from ever leaving, no matter how much she might want to. That, and her relationship with her father, a car mechanic who raised her on his own after her mom left town. Jess is resigned to a safe, unremarkable existence...until Jasper Wilhelm, the town’s eccentric benefactor, dies suddenly and leaves behind the opportunity of a lifetime.

Carter Wilhelm has been too busy working long hours as a financial advisor to visit Redford, but he’s heard countless stories about the town and its zany residents from his grandfather. A small, insular town in Georgia is the last place Carter expects to be spending his summer—but it seems his grandfather had other plans…

Because Jasper had one final trick up his sleeve. At his funeral, it’s revealed that he’s left his entire fortune to the people of Redford—but they’ll have to compete for it. Jasper has devised a massive, high-stakes game consisting of several team challenges, with the winning duo taking home the prize. The catch? He’s already taken the liberty of pairing them up.

But as tensions—of both the competitive and romantic variety—rise between Jess and Carter, and the life-changing prize grows closer, the two must decide what they’re willing to risk for the chance at a fortune. A love story full of spirit and hijinks, The Only Game in Town is a funny, quirky homage to the people we get to call home.
The Westing Game meets Sweet Home Alabama in The Only Game in Town, in which an eccentric millionaire’s fortune could change one woman’s life forever…if only she can win it!

Nothing ever changes in...

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ISBN 9780593540800
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PAGES 416

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I loved this book. I've read a lot of books where we get the POV from one of both main characters and this was the first time I've read anything that included a couple of side characters as well. There have been several times while reading books that I've wish that I could read what other characters were thinking or feeling so I absolutely loved that this book gave me exactly that. The part with the Barbie jeeps was probably one of my favorite parts. This is the first book I've read by Lacie Waldon but I look forward tor reading more from her.

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Lacie Waldon has joined some of my other favorite authors who have recently taken the risk of breaking the typical romance mold, and I am INTO it.

His grandfather's death bring Carter to Redford, GA for the funeral and the non sequitur game Jasper orchestrated for the town with a grand prize of ten million dollars. Quirky Jess is a lifer in the small town who just got a serious dose of motivation for winning the prize. Their attraction is immediate, but is all fair in love and war?

The Only Game in Town delivers a small town, feel good romance and so much more. It's sweet, it's funny, it's tender, and it has major Gilmore Girls vibes... what more could you want?

Thank you to Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader copy to review! I loved it.

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If you love a small town romance with with, this is absolutely the book for you! I found myself so enamored by the characters and the setting, I didn't want to leave.

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I was provided by an ARC of The Only Game in Town by Lacie Waldon courtesy of Putnam books, in exchange for an honest review.

Book hangover for days!! Truly one of my favorites I have read for the year. This was everything a romance book should be with an amazing, engaging and unique plot.

Jess is a unique young woman moving through life to the beat of her own drum. She was raised by a single father who she has an amazing relationship with.

Carter is a man struggling to move on from the expectations of his well-off family. When he moves on from their immoral company he reconnects with his eccentric grandfather. When his grandfather passes, he leaves Carter the greatest gift of all: an engaging game set in Redford, Georgia. The players: the residents of Redford (including Jess) and Carter. The prize: $10 million to be split between 2 players.

This book had me engaged the whole time. I savored every page of it and didn’t want it to end. Lacie Waldon is on my list of must reads.

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