Painting the Moon by Traci Borum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Can I please just say how much I love this novel. I mean truly love it. Traci Borum is a fantastic writer and has a gift for transporting a reader to a new place from the comfort of their living sipping tea along with the characters in the precious town of Chilton Crosse. I'm moving there, by the way. #livinginabook
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.
And just in case the plot isn't enough to make you picture a lovely Sunday afternoon of reading - check out the book trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFez-...
This is a truly well crafted, dazzling, and touching piece of literature. I was immersed from page one and it left me feeling genuinely happy. This book is literally like a warm hug. I don't know how else to explain it. Her gift for creating language and ideas that comfortably sequence into a plot that never lulls or presses is something I've not seen in women's fiction in quite some time. She is a softer Nora Roberts and I say this as a compliment.
The next book in the series is Finding the Rainbow and I've already read it - and loved it! But that's for another review.
About the author:
Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”
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