Friday, March 31, 2017

Pump Up Your Book Review Tour: Starting Over On Blackberry Lane

About the Author

Bestselling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books translated into over a dozen languages. Her novels ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS and THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS were made into movies for the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. When she’s not hanging out with her girlfriends or dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.



About the Book:

Author: Sheila Roberts
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Pages: 384
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Stefanie Stahl has a husband with renovation ADD. He can't seem to finish anything he starts and her house is littered with his "projects." If he doesn't smarten up, she swears she's going to murder him and bury him under the pile of scrounged lumber in the backyard.  

Her friend Griffin James is suddenly single and thinking maybe she needs to sell her fixer-upper and follow her career bliss up the ladder of success, even if that scary ladder is clear across the country. Getting her place ready to sell proves harder than she originally thought. She needs help.  

She's not the only one. Cass Wilkes, their neighbor, has an empty nest—with a leaking roof. When her ceiling crashes in, she knows it's time to do something. When Grant Masters offers his handyman services at a fund-raiser auction, the three women go in together to outbid the competition and win their man. (Cass's friends think she should win Grant in a different way, too!) Now it's time to make some improvements…in their houses and their lives.



Review: Sheila Roberts is an author who is always in on my TBR pile. Starting Over On Blackberry Lane is the 10th book in the Icicle Falls series. I've read one other book in this one, What She Wants.

Sheila's writing reminds me of Debbie Macomber. Her books are about relationships, without being too sickeningly sweet.

The characters are very real, which is something I like. Most women can related to Cass, Steph and Griffin.  The feel like they are people that you know or know of and the setting is a beautiful small town. (Again, think Macomber's Cedar Cove)

So in this book, you have 3 stories going on in this novel and they all wind together so beautifully. Steph with her husband who doesn't finish what he starts.  I wasn't terribly fond of Cass in comparison to the other two women. She was a bit nasty when it came to her dealings with her husband, Brad and I just didn't go for that. Not that his behavior was perfect either.

This was a wonderful read and one that reminds me why I always pick up Sheila's books, because they are so homey and comfortable to read.

Rating: 5 flowers


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