When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England. When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been and yearns for a future once thought lost. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.
I am not even halfway through this book yet. I tend to end up falling asleep due to working, life and being a mom. I love the story so far. Noelle’s adventure is pretty neat. I also love the cover of this book because it just jumps out at you. I am hoping to finish it maybe in a few days.
Life has been a tad busy with the holidays….so I have not been able to update my blog. It’s a new year and new goals! Hopefully I can tackle them all. So onwards to the reading and books!
I have finished reading Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum.
What is the book about:
Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer.
The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.
The cover caught my attention to be honest. Who doesn’t love rainbows and a lovely countryside? Then I read the summary of the book and decided to give it a go!
At first it was a little slow but then once I got past that bit, I wanted to know what was going to happen with Holly. I loved being immersed in Holly’s world and to feel and see what she had to go through with her sisters, her dad, friends and meeting someone new: Fletcher. The bits of drama here and there popping up was cool. I really liked it. It was a break from the usual stuff I read. It felt cozy and uplighting in a way. I kept rooting for Holly through everything she went through and thought she was a great character. Fletcher was an interesting character: a guy from Texas who went to England for school and lived there for a while. Oh and he plays the guitar..that is a sweet thing! The book was all good.
I am going to try to finish up The Iron Wyrm. And then perhaps start on Painting the Moon by Traci Borum (which is the first book in the series). I am going to tackle my to read pile this year. It is a goal!
More to come soon!
I may try to read these two……
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
By Holly Black
Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
(NOTE: This book had been sitting in my To Read Pile since 2013. (Yes I do have a pile of books that need to be read!!) I finally decided to read it. I managed to get this copy when I was at the Book Expo back in NYC of 2013. It’s an Advanced Reading copy.)
Sweet Tea and Sympathy
By Molly Harper
Note: Not released until November 21, 2017
I snagged a copy at the ALA Convention in Chicago.
Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.
Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.
Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.
As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?
I have finished! I will write a more in depth review soon. I will read her next book! I do have to say that I loved this book a great deal.
I am currently reading right now. So far so good!