Georgia Davis is a shoo-in to become VP of Public Relations at Georgia Central University when her mentor retires – until politics and a new university president get in the way. The new president, a Northerner who feels uncomfortably alone in his new role, wants his own old friend, Carl Overstreet, in the position, and overrides the search committee when they unanimously recommend Georgia. But Georgia has brains, talent, and good sense on her side – can she manage to find a way to get her dream job after all?
LIKE PEACHES AND PICKLES is a wry, sardonic look at the way office politics, particularly in academia, can derail even the most successful and diligently-pursued career. Georgia, as the exceptionally competent and dedicated woman who has devoted everything to her career only to see herself passed over for a less capable man who happens to be her boss’s friend, is a familiar and sympathetic character. Pritchett, however, doesn’t fall into the trap of making Carl Overstreet entirely awful or unlikeable, though he may seem that way at first, and his character undergoes probably more honest and believable growth than any other in the book.
There are some rather naughty shenanigans going on in the office that, on one hand, spice up the rather serious plot with a bit of humor, but on the other hand, end up feeling a little over the top, at least for a modern workplace. The romantic aspects of the book are rather sweet, but a bit too sudden and out of left field – a bit more lead-in would have helped here. Honestly, though, both are needed, because there isn’t much that a smart, sensible woman like Georgia can do in her position than precisely what she does, which is not in and of itself enough to move a storyline forward. The story’s ending is intriguing and a bit tantalizing – there might be room for a sequel here, or it might be up to the reader to imagine how it all works out.
LIKE PEACHES AND PICKLES offers the reader a heroine with grace, gumption, and brains, who finds her way out of a difficult position with satisfying aplomb.
~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader