I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
This was my first experience reading Sheila Roberts and I’m so glad that I did! I’m also not a romance reader and had mistakenly gotten it in my head that this book was a cozy mystery. Then when I found out it was book #10 in a series, I had even more doubts, but I absolutely adored this book, and honestly woke up the morning after finishing it missing the Icicle Falls ladies! And not to worry – there is absolutely no reason to feel that you have to read them in order. Just like the people within the story, you are lovingly welcomed wherever you chose to begin. Now I have the first three books in the series on order and can’t wait to start this town’s story from the beginning.
This is a charming story that focuses on three women, each navigating different stages of their lives while also exploring the changes to their relationships that they suddenly find themselves facing. I was immediately drawn into the story and characters from the very beginning. They are all so friendly and likeable that you feel as though you could very well be friends with them too. Roberts’ writing style expertly wove such believable emotions into these characters that really brought them to life, and you will more than likely find yourself smiling, laughing, or sympathizing with them along the way. The female friendships are so inspiring and such a pleasure to read about, as everyone supports each other and jumps right in to help when problems arise.
The romance aspects of the story are subtle and more conversational in tone rather than being in your face, which I really appreciated. I enjoyed that it instead focused predominantly on family, new beginnings, and working to move on and accept the past. Ultimately, we’re never too old to learn and grow nor to experience our very own happily ever after!
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Icicle Falls in this sweet story about second chances and I can’t wait to come back to this special community!
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Thank you for your wonderful review, Jennifer!
Thanks so much for the kind words!