Review: The Feud by Sawyer Bennett

A heartfelt blend of family drama, unexpected parenthood, and romance in charming small-town Kentucky.

“The Feud” by Sawyer Bennett delivers a compelling tale set in the heart of small-town Kentucky, where deep-seated rivalries and unexpected familial bonds take center stage. This novel is a masterful blend of family saga, romance, and the rich cultural backdrop of horse breeders and bourbon makers.

Plot and Characters
The story revolves around Ethan, the millionaire owner of Blackburn Farms, whose life is turned upside down when he discovers he has a ten-year-old daughter, Sylvie, from a one-night stand with the daughter of his family’s biggest rival. The revelation comes after Sylvie’s mother’s passing, with Ethan named as her legal guardian. This sudden shift is far from welcomed by both Sylvie and the rival family, setting the stage for a riveting drama.

Ethan’s journey from a bachelor to a sudden single dad is both heartwarming and challenging. His relationship with Marcie, the principal at Sylvie’s school and aunt of one of Ethan’s farm’s competitors, adds another layer of complexity to the story. Despite their undeniable chemistry, their romance takes a backseat to the evolving relationship between Ethan and Sylvie, which is the true heart of the novel.

Narration and Writing Style
Told from a dual POV, with narration by Sean Masters and Kit Swann, the book offers a rich, immersive experience. The dual perspectives allow readers to connect deeply with both Ethan and Marcie, understanding their inner struggles and desires. I was not a huge fan of Kit Swann’s accent choice, it was also odd that Sean Masters did not do a southern accent for the Character of Ethan.

Themes and Setting
The backdrop of Kentucky, with its horse farms and bourbon distilleries, feels fresh and vibrant, adding a unique flavor to the story. The familial rivalry and the tension it brings are palpable, creating a compelling atmosphere that keeps readers hooked from start to finish.

Family Dynamics
One of the standout aspects of “The Feud” is the complex family dynamics of the Blackburns. Sawyer Bennett skillfully portrays the intricate relationships and deep-rooted animosities that define this family saga. The portrayal of Ethan’s struggle to bond with Sylvie amidst the ongoing feud is both touching and realistic.

Final Thoughts
While the romance between Ethan and Marcie is secondary, it adds a sweet and hopeful note to the story. The primary focus on Ethan’s relationship with Sylvie makes “The Feud” a deeply emotional and satisfying read. Fans of family sagas, small-town romances, and stories of unexpected parenthood will find much to love in this novel.

In conclusion, “The Feud” is a richly layered story with well-drawn characters, a vibrant setting, and a plot that keeps you engaged until the very end. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh take on small-town romance and family drama.

I enjoyed the complexity and depth of the Blackburn family and am eagerly anticipating the next installment in this series. The Kentucky setting, with its unique focus on horse breeding and bourbon making, adds a refreshing twist to the traditional romance narrative.

Book Stats:
Rating: 5/5
Series: Bluegrass Empires 
Tropes: family-series,   saga, single-dad, single-parent, slow-burn, small-town
3rd act break up – NO
Pop: 73%