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This is a good book. The two main characters are Noelle and Peter. There is an attraction. They both are real estate agents. Noelle is a widow with a son. Peter is single and an uncle. They each have issues but together they work them out and fall in love.

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I enjoyed this. The pacing was slower than I would have liked, but I loved that Noelle was sort of complex. I would have liked a little more backstory for Peter, but he was sweet, and that made it easy to root for him.

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I am not sure how to rate this book. I loved the ending, didn’t care for the beginning, and the middle was an up-and-down level of interest. Character development is definitely apparent; there is loads of development, so much that it seems bogus.

Noelle is a complicated character who is shown as a sweet, forgiving woman, but comes off like a simpleton at times. Peter is apparently the town heartthrob, which was sort of hard to believe. Daniel, well- I kept waiting for this to be yet another single mom who realizes her boy who loves show music is actually gay story, but that cliche didn’t happen for once. Unfortunately, Noelle’s family did fall into another cliche. I couldn’t tell which stance the author was taking, and finally decided maybe she disliked both side and was showing the idiocy of it all.

Peter and Noelle went from “like a person at the office” stage to “one true love” really fast. However, the author avoided dumb plot choices that I was afraid were going to happen, which I appreciate. All in all I’d give this book a 4-.

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This was fantastic and such a fun read. I loved it so much and kept turning the pages. Can’t wait to be able to share this with friends.

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Noelle has lead a very sheltered and restricted life. Her life was ruled by her father until he threw her out of the family house and she married Jeff Walters. Three years after Jeff's tragic death she is being pressured by her parents to come home. However, she has a great job, a lovely young son and is settled in small town Skegiton.

Peter Marshall is the most eligible batchelor in Skegiton. Just ask his meddlsom sister Vanessa. He is the number one real estate agent but can't seem to feel settled. He has also come from a complicated family. His mother left when he was young, and Vanessa practically raised him.

Peter has decided to make his move. Surely he can shift out of the friend zone, but they both bring baggage. Baggage that threatens to bring them down. Will Noelle go back to her family? Will Peter be overcome his fear that nothing good ever lasts? And how is Peter not the size of a house considering he has pancakes every morning for breakfast??

Thanks to Netgalley, Montlake and Jennifer Bardsley for an early release copy of this book.

I came away from this book with mixed feelings. I felt incredibly sorry for Noelle. I could not believe that families like that really exist. It made it hard for me to relate to. However, the story was super sweet and well written. I was very happy with the ending. considering there was no spice and just kisses, this still rates as a good read

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I really enjoyed this book and would heartily recommend it. The Facebook messages was a great way to get diff opinions and bring in the village/friends feel. Loved the budding romance between Peter and Noelle and watching it develop and how family can help and hinder. Well done Noelle for finally realising she deserves her own opinions.Will look out for more from this author.

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As a big city girl transplanted to podunkville myself, I could definitely relate to the small town gossip and drama. Thankfully, there wasn't Facebook at that time to air it all on! The chat excerpts were great and I found myself laughing until I cried. Noelle has a toxic family that her husband was able to help her with. When he passed away, she found herself once again dealing with the whackadoodles on her own. I was amazed with Peter's patience and that he didn't throttle his meddlesome sister. The characters are wonderful, with the exception of Vanessa - but, she did redeem herself in the end. This is a clean romance that still hits the mark. Give it a go, I think you'll love it as much as I did.

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Noelle grew up in a home with fanatical parents, on the family farm//#/. She had a rough upbringing and seemed to always play the part of the middle child peace keeper. At 19, she met Jeff and they were married not too long after. Jeff was a teacher and a wonderful man. Noelle was a real estate agent. They have one child, a son named Daniel. Jeff helped Noelle to see how a life could really. An avid outdoorsman, Jeff could often be seen riding his bike around town. One day, he rode his bike to work, at the school, but he never made it . He was hit by a car.

Peter grew up in a very unhappy home. His mother ran out on the family when Peter and his sister were young children. Their dad was away working with the fishing crews. Peter and his sister, Vanessa, relyed on the local food pantry and the kidness of neighbors in their small town to help. He's now a real estate agent.

Peter and Noelle work together and Peter wants to ask Noelle out but doesn't think she's ready yet. But when fate brings them closer and helps to show what they really want, the sparks fly.

I liked this story. It was my first by this author. If you are looking for a sweet, small town romance, with only kissing and hugs, this book is for you.

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Thank you NetGalley, Montlake, and Jennifer Bardsley for sending me an arc of this book. All opinions here are mine.

What a wonderful book! I loved Noelle, what an amazing character! She is complete, with a great development, very dynamic and charismatic, certainly the reading is so good because of Noelle. Also, I loved the fact that each chapter starts with a Facebook post, I think that has everything to do with the story, with Noelle's group, and it was really cool that the author put this, something so current, it enriches the story. history. I really like slow burn romance, so I really liked the construction of Noelle and Peter's story, I think the two make an amazing couple, with chemistry. Other than that the kids are adorable and the interactions with Vanessa are as good as it gets, she's a great character too. There's a lot of family drama too, which I think is cool because that happens a lot in real life.

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Talk of the The Town is heartwarming and endearing. I love how the author points out that everyone may have gone thru something and appearances can be deceiving. You never know what someone has to handle. I love how the characters interact and strong family ties. The characters are so well developed and the story moves at just the right pace. I hated to see it end. A lot of places had me laughing out loud.

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This small-town romance wasn't quite as great as I was hoping, but it had some redeeming features.

The mom Facebook group posts and comments were so funny and so spot on. The authenticity was had me cackling. All the drama and opinions and everything really made this book unique. It was a great touch to add in. Along the same lines, these ladies constantly hitting on Peter when all he wanted was Noelle was hilarious.

The small-town vibes were immaculate as well. The little bits of drama and everyone knowing everyone was so fun. This especially added to the plot of Peter's sister throwing the town's women at him.

I didn't feel lots of chemistry between Peter and Noelle, unfortunately. There were some cute moments and exchanges between them, but something didn't quite click for me.

Overall, this was a cute book, but not as romantic as I had hoped. Which, for a romance book, was a *little* important.

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DNFed at 23%. Not a book for me. The FB group drama was entirely too much real life. I didn't connect with any of the characters. And I wasn't expecting the foul language.

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I really enjoyed Peter and Noelle’s story. They were just meant to be together. I did want to scratch Vanessa’s eyes out at times for being a mean girl but I enjoyed the mom message strings.

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This was a great palette cleanser. A fun read with a small town feel. Good development of the relationship between Noelle and Peter. Loved the Facebook aspect!

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This is the first book I've read by this author. I was drawn to this one because it's a single mom, small town, and friends to lovers romance. Those three will hook me right away. It did take me a bit to get into it. I was not a fan of the Mom Facebook group at first. They are some tough customers especially Pete's sister. What I really didn't like how they treated Noelle at first. Though this group of ladies did grow on me by the end of this book. I loved Peter right from the beginning. He is a little adorably awkward and oblivious, but I loved the way he is with Noelle and her son. Noelle so deserves someone like Peter. this book shows a lot different life styles and Noelle's upbringing was a tough one that many would not understand. It's made Noelle somewhat of a loner because people don't below the surface to see the awesome kind woman underneath. I really loved the confidence she gains and how she blossoms to the woman she wants to be. Really powerful! I am not a fan of her parents and I see how tough it is on Noelle, but she sticks to her guns not just for herself her son as well.

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Peter is a realtor who has suddenly become the most sought-after bachelor in town thanks to his sister and social media. He would appreciate it a whole lot more if he hadn’t already given his heart to his best friend and co-worker who he isn’t certain is ready for a relationship.

Noelle has been a single mother since her husband passed away and she is focused on her career and her son so she doesn’t have to return to the life she left behind. She is thankful with her friendship with Peter however seeing him pursued by other women has her wondering what if?

Both Noelle and Peter had difficult upbringings which has shaped them into the people they are today. With the support of each other they become the people they are meant to be and find love along the way.

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Talk of the Town by Jennifer Bardsley was a breath of fresh air on my TRB list. It was a sweet romance between Peter and Noelle who both endured difficult tragedies in their lives that revolved around their families. I enjoyed the quirky characters and found the Skagiton Moms Facebook Group to be a clever way to get to know the characters. Some of the posts were humorous, some controversial, and some were quite helpful and created a true sense of community in the small town. I enjoyed watching the friendship between Noelle and Vanessa change throughout the story and how Vanessa stood up for Noelle when she confronted her family. If you want a charming read this week, I highly recommend this book!

Thank you to Net Galley and Montlake Romance for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Talk of the Town is a slow burn and super sweet. Noelle didn’t have a conventional up-bringing and it’s caused her to be a little more awkward socially. She’s got a good heart, loves her son & MIL, and works hard. But she still has some left over trauma from her parents that makes it difficult to navigate friendships & potential romantic relationships.

Peter may be a little naive himself, especially reading women, but he does know that he’d like something more than friends with Noelle. He’s a little hesitant to do anything about it, though, for fear of losing the relationship that they do have so far. But, unbeknownst to him, his meddling sister may just give him the help he needs when her machinations to see Peter in a relationship also has Noelle looking at him in a new way.

The mom’s Facebook group provides the occasional bit of light-heartedness and some additional context to the goings-on of the town, but a lot of the time the women just came across as mean, both in the group and in person. It may be hard for some who have experienced similar bullying (which is one of the reasons it may hit hard is that it felt so real) but I do appreciate how Noelle’s growth is shown in her handling of some of these situations and that Peter is willing to stand up for Noelle with his beloved sister.

Bardsley captures both the complexity of family and the complications of small town life, giving us a slew of characters to root for … and sometimes against. She’s not going to get you to that HEA any time soon but the story will keep your attention so you don’t care how long it takes to get there.

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This author is fairly new to me but I love small town romances so I was excited to read Peter and Noelle’s slow burn romance in Talk of the Town and honestly this book didn’t disappoint.
Peter and Noelle have been coworkers and friends for a while, neither have looked for a relationship until Peter’s sister starts getting every single woman in town to try and date her brother……
What’s follows is two people realising that they want more than friendship but Noelle is a widow with a young son and a family that have strong views on life. So will this couple take a leap of faith and cross the line ……one click to find out.
This is a sweet romance that ticked my boxes. The characters are likeable and their journey was well written and believable. The only thing I struggled with were the views and dynamics of Noelle’s family.

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I really liked this story. The story was a great mix of emotional and humorous. Peter is the good guy hero, even when he is clueless about what is going on. Noelle is an interesting mix of naive and strength. Parts of the romance were predictable, but others were unique. I liked the characters. The interactions in the Facebook group were hysterical! I received an advance copy from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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