Paige Morrison has had a rough few months, first she lost her job, then her boyfriend, and now she has been forced by her circumstances to move in with her retired parents who have moved to rural Florida. In Undone by Shannon Richards, Paige finds herself struggling to fit into the small town life of Mirabelle besides the difficulty of finding a job, but then she meets sexy mechanic Brendan and seems start to look up. But will she be able to overcome the secrets that lie between the two of them to finally accept the love she is looking for?
Brendan has always lived in Mirabelle and while he loves it he understands how the gossip and small town mentality can be difficult for someone like Paige, from a big city to adjust to. Brendan finds himself drawn to the artsy Paige with her sexy shoes and mouthy personality. But as the two of them drawn closer together will they be able to move beyond the secrets between them or will their love be undone?
Undone is the debut novel by Shannon Richard. I enjoyed it for the most part, the dialogue between Brendan and Paige was entertaining and the secondary characters in Mirabelle are entertaining if a bit sporadic in their behavior (her co-workers especially felt a little sporadic) but the set up of the small town and the cast of characters was well done. Genre wise I would put Shannon Richard in the same genre as Jill Shalvis or Mariah Stewart. I felt like the relationship between Paige and Brendan drug on a little long in the middle with a bit of unnecessary coverage of their dating (especially with a book that is 416 pages long). That being said, it was a fairly good novel and I plan on reading the next book in the series to see how Grace and Jaxson’s relationship works itself out. Undone does have its funny moments, like when Paige tells her nosy neighbor that she is regularly having orgies in the back shed (when really it is an art study where she paints). I feel like Undone should have a 3.5 star rating, not quite a four but better than a three but since I (and most review sites like Goodreads and Amazon) don’t have half-stars I am rounding it up to four.
You can read an excerpt here.
Country Roads Reading Order
Unforgettable (release date TBA)
Author: Shannon Richard
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 416
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)
Release Date: February 2014
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
Elizabeth Jennings and her fifteen-year-old daughter Claire have relocated from the big city to a tiny town in Virginia so Claire can bring the local newspaper into the digital age. In The Ghost Next Door by Ginny Baird, both Claire and Elizabeth are concerned when it turns out the house they are renting sight unseen is next door to a cemetery. When creepy things start to happen in the empty house next door, Elizabeth is grateful the sexy single sheriff is there to help her out. But Elizabeth trust her heart to someone who fits in so well in such a small town?
Nathan Thorpe likes taking care of the people in his town and he is content to take care of everyone equally until Elizabeth moves to town, now he finds himself wanting to take of her and Claire and becoming a family. But Nathan knows that he is in Blayton Virginia for a reason, but as that reason becomes clearer will he be able have the family he wants?
Okay, I have to admit that the ending of The Ghost Next Door totally threw me. Baird does a great job of foreshadowing the ending but she does it in such a way that I expected a different ending than what really happened. The romance between Elizabeth and Nathan was sweet and I loved the secondary relationship between Claire and Perry. I found The Ghost Next Door to be an entertaining quick read and I loved the scene where the teenage girls broke into the empty house to scare Claire and managed to freak themselves out instead. The mystery elements are a nice combination with the sweet romance stories in The Ghost Next Door but I have to admit that I am disappointed that we don’t get the romance story of Dan and Belle.
Title: Ghost Next Door
Author: Ginny Baird
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 190
Publisher: Winter Wedding Press
Release Date: August 2013
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
Novel Reaction will celebrate its fifth birthday/anniversary (what would you call the starting of a blog?! Anyways I digress) this June. I started Novel Reaction as a place to just post the occasional review and author spotlight, since then it has grown into so much more than I ever could have imagined when I started it five years ago. I remember when I started posting a review once a week and I was worried about having enough to say that I could continue to regularly post once a week (Haha! I should know my ability to ramble on and on better than that!). For awhile there were five reviewers besides myself providing reviews, as a result of that I had the freedom to be really picky about what was posted review wise (I was trying to provide more clean romance novels even though I read a lot of the mainstream romance novels) but about a year ago I lost all of my reviewers except one (Jillian) to life events happening (jobs, kids, etc.) at about the same time and I even took a break for about year while I took the Arizona Bar (twice) and was ill with pregnancy. At first I was really disappointed that Novel Reaction was changing so much but then I realized that it is just like everything else in life, there are seasons when certain things make sense and then things change and that is okay. Novel Reaction is going to be changing again (but in a good way) in that I have decided to review a children’s book once a week.
I love books! Obviously or I wouldn’t be here weekly writing reviews. I find myself in the fabulous position of sharing that love of books with my son (he is currently eight months old) and it has amazed me how at even such a young age I can tell when he really likes a book or just is okay with the book. With me reading so many children’s books (and some of them over and over and over again) I realize, more than I did as a child, that like all other genres there are some fabulous books out there and some not so fabulous books. I decided that I wanted to share the gems that I have found with you, my readers. In addition to providing my thoughts on the book I will provide my son’s reaction (as much as possible) to the book. If there are any books I need to read to him please share, this is a new genre that I haven’t spent any time with since my youngest sister (Jillian who reviews here) out grew them.
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day! The older I get the more thankful I am that I spent as much time as I did with my mother (she passed away from cancer almost seven years ago) and the more appreciative I am of the women in my life who have willingly filled in when my mother couldn’t. Mothers come in all different shapes and sizes and relationships to us, so while not all of us may have biological children we may all be mothers in some way. I hope your day is filled with laughter and good books.