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Peek Inside Small Town, Big Secrets

Steven wants to win his local DA election, and Becky needs insurance for her son’s surgery. Their plan? One year of marriage. But they’re about to learn temporary doesn’t mean it’s not real.

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To save her son, shy but determined waitress Becky McAllister would do just about anything. But she never expected “anything” to include the brother of the man who broke her heart.

Steve Parker needs a wife, now, if he has any hopes of winning his local DA election and becoming the advocate for the underserved he’s always dreamed of being. The sweet waitress seems like just the person—if he can get her to agree.

One year of marriage—no strings, no personal attachments. Becky gets the insurance funds she needs for her son’s surgery while Steve’s poll ratings soar. Neither planned on a commitment in their future, so they should have no problem making it through the year without getting emotionally involved, right?

Except Becky’s holding on to a secret from her past—one that would change everything.


​"Small Town, Big Secrets by Elsie Davis a light and sweet five-star read. This is number two in the Trinity River series but they can be read as stand-alone as I didn’t realize it was a series and didn’t feel like I missed anything, I will be going back as if the story is about who I think I am sure they have another sweet read to take in." --Sara Oxton, Goodreads

"This book gets me warm on this cold winter May day, loves. I loved the chemistry Steve and Becky had. I was mostly drawn to Becky's strength as she was willing to do anything for her son *sigh* but her baby daddy was just immature. Loved this book as everyone has a happy ever after eventually, also Bryson (the son) is so lovable. --HeyAnci, Goodreads​

"Small Town, Big Secrets is adorable. I loved every moment of this one.” --Becky Wise, Goodreads

This book is nothing short of adorable! The characters are super easy to love and connect with.” -Heidi S., NetGalley

"The story was sweet and very small town, hence the name, and left me feeling like I was wrapped in a warm hug!" --Alison Shoepe, Goodreads

“Small Town, Big Secrets is a fun read. It’s filled with humor, romance, and characters that readers will want to root for.” --Alison P., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682816110
Series: Trinity River, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 8, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fake relationship, marriage of convenience

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By Tina September 28, 2020

This is a romance book. I really enjoy this book. I love how the characters are well-developed and how the two parkers brothers are so different. I love how one kid changed so many adult's lives. Great book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exc ...more

By Sara May 21, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets by Elsie Davis a light and sweet five-star read. This is number two in the Trinity River series but they can be read as stand-alone as I didn’t realise it was a series and didn’t feel like I missed anything, I will be going back as if the story is about who I think I am sure ...more

By Pj June 12, 2020

Marriage of Convenience is one of my favorite historical romance tropes but one that rarely works for me in contemporary. This one works, not so much because of circumstances but due to the characters themselves. Becky's sweet little boy needs surgery and she is truly out of options. She's a good mo ...more

By Kelly May 26, 2020

I’ve read several books by Elsie Davis and have always enjoyed them but this first book I’ve read in the Trinity River series and I felt as comfortable in this setting as if I was back, re-living my own small hometown childhood. She does a great job of portraying small town life and the way neighbor ...more

By Diane May 25, 2020

Fake relationship become real love!

Waitress Becky McAllister would do anything to pay the deductible and copay for the surgery that her son Bryon needed even marrying lawyer Steve Parker for a year so he could win the election for the DA’s office. Steven Parker knew that he needed a wife and he coul ...more

By Becky May 26, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets is adorable. I loved every moment of this one. Becky is super sweet and loving. I love the family dynamics with in the McAllister family. The support Becky receives from her mom and sister is wonderful. Byron is such a delight. He will put a smile on your face. Becky and Stev ...more

By Kari June 05, 2020

When Becky found herself pregnant as a teenager, she was willing to give up her dreams for the future for the sake of her son Byron even though she had no financial or emotional support from the baby’s father. When her son needs surgery and she can’t afford the deductible she is struggling to determ ...more

By Tessa June 13, 2020

I really enjoyed this one as a cute fake lovers to real lovers story. I loved the easy chemistry that Becky and Steve have. I felt that the miscommunication at the end of the story was a little convenient as I feel that it could have been solved pretty quickly. The epilogue is sweet with a happy end ...more

By Julie June 13, 2020

A sweet and warm-hearted contemporary romance, Elsie Davis’ Small Town, Big Secrets is an enjoyable and moving read that is simply adorable.

Becky McAllister had once wanted nothing more than to leave the small town of Riverbend behind and make something of herself in the big city. Fate, however, had ...more

By Marsha June 10, 2020

Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

‘Small Town, Big Secrets‘, the second title in the ‘Trinity River‘ series is the type of romance that gets my emotions all riled up and swinging from happy to sad to totally frustrated and angry with some people. It’s not easy to keep secrets in a small town, I lived in o ...more

By Brenda June 14, 2020

I did enjoy this small town clean sweet romance of a book. Easy to read in a day. It held my interest and I wanted to see one of the characters get his comeuppance! I really loved the romance that sparked between the two main characters. All of the characters were well written and worked together. T ...more

By LJT June 08, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets by new to me author Elsie Davis, is a well-written book that I enjoyed immensely. It is a clean romance that kept me engaged from start to finish. This is the second book from the Trinity River series and it can be read as a standalone.

Becky McAllister is 23, a waitress, and ...more

By NICUnurse June 11, 2020

Are you a sweet romance fan? While I love a good, steamy romance, I also love a good, clean sweet romance. And Elsie Davis delivers a feel-good, heart-warming romance in Small Town, Big Secrets. It’s the next book in her Trinity River series but I can honestly tell you that it IS a standalone title. ...more

By Traci June 08, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets is the second book in the Trinity River series, but it was perfectly fine as a stand-alone. I’ve never read any books by this author, but I fell in love with the small town of Trinity Rivers. If you enjoy reading series of small towns this is a must-read series. I loved the c ...more

By Charity June 11, 2020

This is the first book that I have read by Elsie Davis so I wasn't sure what to expect. I read the synopsis and felt this book pull me in and knew that I had to give it a chance. Man, am I glad that I did! Becky is a single mother desperate to find a way to pay for an operation that her son needs. S ...more

By Bookish June 09, 2020

This book is nothing short of adorable! The characters are super easy to love and connect with. It was exactly what I needed to read right now.

Becky has been raising her son, Byron, alone for the last 4 years. His father blackmailed her into keeping quiet about his identity and wants nothing to wit ...more

By Jennifer June 10, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets is a clean romance story which totally kept an iron grip on me cover to cover. It's the story of Becky, who's a single mom because the father wants nothing to do with his son, so she's doing everything she can to support her tiny human. Unfortunately, Bryon (Becky's son) need ...more

By Paula June 08, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets is the first book I remember reading written by Elsie Davis. It certainly is the first in this small-town series that I have read. The is pure contemporary romance with a mother in distress over the cost of her child’s surgery. In walks, maybe runs into her is a better descri ...more

By Kristin- Shabby Chic Reader June 16, 2020

Becky lives in Riverbend, Texas, a small town just outside Houston. She has a five-year-old son, Byron, who needs surgery and is not sure how to pay for it since she makes her living working at a local restaurant as a server.

Steve is a wealthy lawyer living in Houston. He is running for the DA's off ...more

By Alison (alisonsoverbooked) June 03, 2020

Small Town, Big Secrets is the second in the Trinity River series, though I didn’t realize it when I read it and don’t think I missed anything. I will be going back to read the first one though, especially if it’s as sweet as this one!

Steve and Becky, while an unlikely pair who had an accidental fir ...more

By Yvonne May 25, 2020

This stand alone story is a sweet, touching, clean romance.
Steve Parker and Becky McAllister meet literally by accident. Neither knowing their lives would change forever and that in fact, they were already connected .
Steve, a lawyer from a prominent family in town , is running for DA in Houston. Bec ...more

By Sarah June 08, 2020

I never know what I’m going to get with a book when the storyline is marriage of convince. This book however was super adorable I loved Bryon his personality really shined through. I had a love/dislike with Steve at first he comes off as everyone should just love me no matter what, but he grew on me ...more

By Ana Paula June 08, 2020

Wow! This book is something else! I confess that this is the first book of this author that I read and I just loved it!

I enjoy marriage of convenience books and this one is super well written and has great characters. Becky and Steve meet under non-conventional circunstances and their lifes are very ...more

By Liz June 02, 2020

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Single Mom Becky is barely getting by as a waitress, living with her Mom and sister. Steve an aspiring DA needs a wife fast and when they meet sparks fly! This is ...more

By Carolyn's June 23, 2020

Byron steals the book! With that being said, this book was an interesting and sweet read. Becky was a struggling mom with a son who was sick and in need of surgery. A dead beat dad, who was loaded, but blackmailing Becky to keep his identity secret. For someone as sweet as Becky, you know this was o ...more

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Elsie Davis

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Elsie Davis

Elsie Davis discovered the world of Happily-Ever-After romance at the age of twelve when she began avidly reading Barbara Cartland, the Queen of Romance, and has been hooked ever since. After building her dream log home on top of a small mountain, she turned her attention to do what she loves most, writing. An award-winning author and active member of RWA, she writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from her heart, hoping to share a little love in a big world. She will never forget the moment of exhilaration when she first got the email offering her a contract for publication. A moment that has repeated itself, and one that keeps her energized and moving forward.

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