Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Blue Midnight - Tess Thompson

About the book...
“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancé, the wedding she’d committed to, and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl. 

Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn’s phone number in the back of a drawer. 

Hadn’t she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken. 

Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him. 

What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied. 

The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson’s loveable but complex characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.

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About the Author...
Tess Thompson is a mother before all else, and a writer after that. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. After honing her craft in theater with a prize-winning play titled My Lady’s Hand, her heart was called to a different storytelling medium: the great American novel.
But, as she recently said to a friend, "Well, maybe not 'great' but certainly American."

The first of these, Riversong (Booktrope Editions), went on to become #1 on Barnes and Noble’s Nook Book chart in October 2011. Two years after its release, readership of Riversong continues to grow, spending weeks in the top 100 Kindle bestsellers; it’s known amongst her friends and family as “the little book that could.”

Caramel and Magnolias, the first in the Legley Bay Collection was released in the fall of 2012. In May of 2013 Tess released the sequel to Riversong called Riverbend and the third in the collection, Riverstar, in August 2013. Tea and Primroses, the second in the Legley Bay Collection was released February 16, 2014. The first in the Blue Mountain Collection, Blue Midnight was released June 30, 2014.
She's currently working on her first historical fiction, Duet For Three Hands, which will be released December 2014.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, ages 11 and 8, the loves of her life.

Although currently single, Tess has not given up on finding a love story of her own. Until her prince arrives, she's content creating what she hopes are epic, page-turning love stories with a little suspense and mystery for additional spice. She writes in her home office six days a week, sipping countless cups of herbal tea, with two naughty but adorable kittens, (Christmas presents for her daughters) Mittens and Midnight, at her feet. But hopefully said Prince arrives soon to save her from becoming a bitter, crazy cat lady. Did she mention how adorable the kittens are?

Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line or visit her Facebook Fan Page or follow her on twitter.

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My thoughts....
I was given an e copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give as part of CLP Blog Tours organised by Samantha March which I'm more than happy to give.

This book starts with Blythe packing up her house ready to move after her sudden divorce to  her husband of thirteen years.  He's left her for a woman twenty years her junior and is preparing for marriage and a three week honeymoon in Hawaii.  Taking his daughters with him leaves Blythe home alone and hurting. A phone number found on a scrap of paper and a sister who won't take no for an answer is the catalyst for a journey of discovery for Blythe.

I love Tess's style of writing, she had me hooked from the start, creating characters that were clearly multi-dimensional.  Blythe in particular could so easily have been portrayed as weak and pathetic but there were clear glimpses of the women she once was giving a strong clue as to her character.  Nothing is ever black and white - yes her husband had an affair and left her but life was far from perfect for both of them and an honest Blythe knows that she needed and wanted more from life.  Blythe's sister Bliss comes across as strong and in control, one of life's go - getters, but she too reveals a soft centre knowing when to push and when to hold back - encouraging Blythe to get out and live by providing her with the tools and reasons to do it.

All too often in life we put our own hopes, dreams and ambitions on a back burner to do what we think is the right thing by our children and families.  Reality is we should schedule 'me' time so as not to lose our identities and be swamped by doing just what we think we should all of the time.  Blythe is no exception she is clearly a devoted, good mother who has provided a stable, balanced home at the detriment to her own needs.

It's fair to say this book took Blythe and myself, the reader on a journey akin to a roller coaster. Emotions ran high, yet even in the dips it was evident it would just as quickly rise again.  I loved watching Blythe's character grow and with it confidence in herself and what is right and wrong. Not settling for a back seat role when she finds herself embroiled in a mystery that a township had tried to bury.  Her new found confidence and energy driving herself and those around her.

All in all this is a book about strength of character, discovery, trust and determination with a modicum of love and friendship thrown in for good measure.  A truly uplifting book that will capture your heart and drive you to at least think about the things you planned to do in life.  I for one will be awaiting the next Blue Mountain book with anticipation and just a little impatience.

I gave this book 5/5 stars

A fantastic giveaway...

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