Everyone in the area knows about the Bucklin family reunions and most would love to attend one. After all, who knows what might happen at one? Even the family members have mixed feeling about them. Most would rather avoid them but on the other hand are afraid of what they might miss if they are not there.

Yes another reunion is about to take place and all the Bucklin family members look forward to it with equal measures of dread and anticipation. Fit to be Tied features a different set of primary characters – this time from Coralee, Sally, Marybeth, and Brett’s POV. Family members from the first book also make frequent appearances so it is fun to keep up with their lives also.

Although these reunions seem to be like a train wreck waiting to happen, they are not without redeeming qualities. In this book, Sally begins to learn how to fend for herself without her twin always by her side, Coralee learns a valuable lesson about appearance and character, Brett somehow manages to avoid more unwanted trouble, and Marybeth begins to establish tentative relationships with women in Bucky’s family.

Although on the surface, Fit to be Tied seems to be a mostly humorous story, it is packed full of practical and spiritual wisdom. I loved this book and the previous one in the series. I look forward to the next installment of Bucklin antics.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Gilead Publishing. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


The Bucklin family loves each other too much to stay away. . . but not enough to behave

Being rich is fine, but when wealth comes from striking oil, it’s a slippery mess for a family who doesn’t know what to do with it. The Bucklin cousins are all together again, and this family reunion is shaping up to be another disaster.

Coralee falls for the police officer who pulls her over. Sally has finally found a guy, but now she’s not sure a relationship is even worth the bother. No matter how hard Brett tries to avoid trouble, he somehow stumbles right back into the thick of it. And Marybeth and Bucky continue to fumble and bumble as they learn how to handle being rich.

The Bucklin family is known for drama–and Bucklin family drama knows no bounds.


Debby Mayne is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas that have received the “Top Pick” award from Romantic Times Magazine and been among the “Top 10 Favorites” in the Heartsong Presents book club. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative writing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She is currently an etiquette writer for The Spruce, one of the DotDash (formerly companies.

Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.

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