I am excited to be part of a blog tour for the Ripple Effect Romance series. The first novella in the series is Home Matters by Julie Ford. It was a sweet romantic story of a small town girl who makes it big when she lands her first TV gig. Everything seems to be going her way, but the life she'd always dreamed of starts to turn to a nightmare. She has the most sought after bachelor in the nation on her arm, but she can't stop thinking about the handsome lead contractor on the show. And when push comes to shove, which man will truly help her reach for her dreams?
I loved the characters, especially the heroine, Olivia Pembroke. She was smart, but lacked some self-awareness, which is where she experienced growth in the book. I loved Pete and how down to earth he was, although I've never seen a man described as "wanton" before, so that was new. (And interesting to think about *grin*) The relationships Olivia builds are well-done for a novella, although some events are skipped over and talked about in backstory instead of experienced with the reader. Obviously I wish that was done differently, but it's common in novellas and Ms. Ford does well in hitting all the major story beats so it's easily overlooked. There were a few editing errors, but Ms. Ford does a great job with the story and the characters. I can't wait for the next one in the series! (I do hope we get to hear more about these characters in subsequent books, like a little update or something, although I'm not sure if they connect at all. That's just me, hoping out loud that they do.)
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Home Matters by Julie N. Ford According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach. When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.
Author Julie N. Ford Julie is a forty-something, dangerously close to becoming a fifty-something, graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of four women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she’s not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, a Betta named Bob, and a Scottish fold kitten, Ardweal.
The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors. "Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love." Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith