Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: A Summer To Remember


Tallgrass Series #6
Marilyn Pappano
Releasing June 28th, 2016


It's been a long time since widow Fia Thomas felt the spark of physical attraction. But from the moment she meets Elliot Ross one stormy night, she yearns for a fresh start, for him to make her feel whole and well again. With his broad shoulders and a warm smile crinkling his dark eyes, he could finally offer her the solace she's been seeking. And she's willing to give him anything in return . . . except a promise that could break his heart.

Now that Elliot is out of the Army, he's looking for a place to call home. Tallgrass was just a stop to stretch his legs, yet one look at Fia halts him in his tracks. In her sweet, sassy company, he finds the soul mate he never thought he'd have. But Fia is holding something back-something that keeps her from making any plans. Elliot's new mission: gain Fia's trust...and convince her that summer's end can mean a new beginning.


Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today  bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.

I don't think I've read anything by Marilyn Pappano before. I wanted to read this one because the cover drew me in and I love small town romances. I love authors like Susan Wiggs, Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr.

This book is the sixth in the Tallgrass series. It is a stand alone novel though first time readers may get a little confused with some of the previous cast of characters, but I didn't really have any problems.

From the very start I liked Elliot and Fia. I really love Elliot's pitbull Mouse. She steals the show in her first scenes and you fall instantly in love with this dog. (Can I just say I love books with pets)

The meet in his first minutes in Tallgrass, when Mouse doesn't want to do her business because its raining. (We all know a dog like that, right?) The two meet and hit it off right away. But Fia has secrets she's not ready to share.

Fia is suffering from a mystery illness that her doctors can't seem to figure out. Elliot is ex-military drifting through life now, but seems to want to put down roots in Tallgrass. If you don't fall in love with him immediately there is something wrong with you. This guy can cook and I love how he talks about food. Seriously, Elliot is my new book boyfriend. Where can I get a real life Elliot. Sign me up!

The one thing that stood out for me was how Marilyn didn't sugar coat Fia's illness when she finally gets a diagnosis. That is really how it should be.  Just as she didn't sugar coat things with Marti and Dillon. I felt really sorry for this guy.  He was a wild child who made a big mistake that cost him a lot, but he has a second chance. I just wish he could have found who he was looking for in this book.

I instantly felt connected to these characters and the rest. I also liked that they had "real life" problems and not just the kind of things that would only happen in books.

You've also got subplot to keep things interesting.

I'm glad I took a chance with this book. I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4 flowers

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