Chestnut Springs

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 14 Mar 2018

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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love West Virginia. While I lived there everyday felt like a vacation. The smells, sounds, sites! Silly reason to choose and read a book, but there you have it. But it was an awesome choice! The writing was really good. The story line was great, with twists you don't see coming. Loved the characters! Author did a great job of developing the characters and plot. Once I started, I got involved in the the story and found it hard to put down. Being around the age of the main character, I understand how hard it is to get a good job at 55 so I felt her dilemma. And how great would it be to get a cabin and "live off the grid"?? I'm giving this one a firm 5 and I see she has 2 more books, so plan to read more of Carol J  Bova!
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This is the first book I read by this author.  I really loved this book.   Chestnut springs is a book about hope and new beginnings.  Let's you know that it doesn't matter how important your role in your job is, you can be in your mid 50's and find yourself starting all over again. I found this story to be fun and light hearted. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something else pops up.  I had a hard time putting this book down as I just really wanted to see how her ends up.
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I loved this book. My thanks to the author for writing about the current day issues of women alone over 50! It is so nice to see our generation addressed in such a positive uplifting manner . 
This is a story of a woman named  Carol Bova who spent her life committed to her job. She has spent her life devoted to her company and responsibilities so she has no support system or family . Once she is laid off in her 50's she decides to move out of her home state of California and live off grid in  West Virginia for an authentic soul building life.  Her experiences are teaching her along the way as she grows into the new person she wants to be. As she meets neighbors she builds friendships and finds a new fulfilling life story . I loved this book and highly recommend it . 
Thank you for the ARC which did not influence my personal review.
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Chestnut Springs is a very well written romance.  I loved the plot, characters and the setting.  The author is new to me and I throughly enjoyed her writing.  I highly recommend this book.
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I thought it would be nice to read a romance about middle-aged people, being one myself.  But this book was so focused on the minutiae of what Brenda ate and how she cooked it.  There was much much more description of that than development of the romance.  Every romance needs a good point of conflict, and this one occurred 80% of the way through the book, and it was wholly unexpected and weird.  All in all a strange and dull read.
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Brenda Maxwell loss a lucrative job in Los Angeles because of mistakes made on the day she learned of her father’s passing. There is no mercy from her boss and after six months of searching, no jobs either. She finds herself drawn to an unusual way of life: off the grid living on the East Coast. She finds a gem of a home in Chestnut Springs, WVA and a small town full of lovely people who become her friends. Heretofore, Brenda had lived a solitary life revolving around work only and a desire to move up in the business.
She meets the handsome, single sheriff and thinks she may have landed in the perfect place to thrive at last. Brenda learns about life off the grid through the internet, book, and hard experiences all the while finding the town to be endearing and caring. A huge blip in her existence might derail everything she has strove for and luck may be the one thing that can save her.
The book is a little slow in parts and quickens the pace in others. In all it is a wholesome book about life changes and how we can adapt to just about anything when the chance arises.
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A beautifully written story. At times it is a bit slow paced but the character development was great. I definitely recommend this read.
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It's nice to read a book about a slightly older woman, who at 55 finds herself starting over.  Leaving the city behind may be the best thing Brenda has ever done, but it means a lot of decisions need to be made.  A terrifying proposition for anyone trying to figure out the future.
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Chestnut Springs is at its heart an inspiring book about reinventing oneself after disappointment.  It is a book about second chances. It is a book about looking back on one’s life in order to move forward. The author does a terrific job of developing characters and setting tone.  Although it is a slower paced novel, its endearing qualities will keep you turning the pages.
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I enjoyed this book very much, possibly because I relate to it as it is a novel of second chances.  So interesting to see Brenda lose control of her life and gain the control back again, completely different than what she thought she needed.  She was a lonely, career minded single city woman.  Very interesting and hopeful to see the path she takes.
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