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Starting Over on Blackberry Lane

Starting Over on Blackberry Lane, March 2017
Life in Icicle Falls #10
by Sheila Roberts

400 pages
ISBN: 0778330036
EAN: 9780778330035
Kindle: B01HBAENG8
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"Home (and heart) improvement done right!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Starting Over on Blackberry Lane
Sheila Roberts

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted March 7, 2017

Romance Contemporary

Cass Wilkes, owner of The Gingerbread Haus Bakery in Icicle Falls, comes home from work one afternoon to find her dining room ceiling on top of her dining room table. She knew she needed a new roof, but she didn't expect the disaster she finds. She is in need of a handy man who can fix her ceiling until she can afford a new roof.

Griffin James purchased a fixer upper when she and her fiancé moved to Icicle Falls, but not much fixing has been done. She needs her back steps repaired and several rooms, plus the whole outside, need a new coat of paint. She's also not sure she's ready to marry Steve. They've grown apart instead of closer together. When she confronts him about this, he doesn't even fight for their relationship, just packs his bags and leaves. Where is her life going now?

Stefanie Stahl has a surprise waiting for her too as she arrives home to find that her husband Brad has torn down the wall between the dining and living rooms to give her the open effect she wants. That might not be so bad except for two things ... Brad started two other projects he hasn't finished, and Stef is hosting a shower at her home the next day.

All three of these ladies are in need of a handy man. Enter Grant Masters. Grant is Dan Master's father, who is married to Charley, owner of Zelda's Restaurant in town. Grant has been retired in Mexico since the unexpected death of his wife and is ready to get back to work, at least part time. The three ladies pool their money to win Grant for a day at the annual Raise the Roof Fundraiser. Of course their projects can't be completed in a day, but at least they can get a start. Will they find more in this deal than expected?

It's always great to go back to Icicle Falls to visit the charming characters in this delightful German-themed town in the Pacific Northwest. Sheila Roberts has created a magical place where friendship and love abound, and you never know who's going to turn up here next. Each of these three ladies has a construction issue that Grant Masters can solve, but how he goes about it is a most interesting story in itself. There are many other underlying issues here as well that Grant lends some wisdom and insight into. STARTING OVER ON BLACKBERRY LANE is another enchanting tale in Ms. Roberts Life in Icicle Falls series about tearing down walls (both literally and figuratively) and moving forward. It's about dreams dying, but then being reborn. Griffin is a food photographer and is working for Beth Mallow helping her publish her mother's recipes. Throughout the story, the recipes are mentioned and at the end Ms. Roberts includes some of them. What a delicious extra bonus!

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Time for a change—or three!

Stefanie Stahl has a husband with renovation ADD. He can't seem to finish anything he starts and her house is littered with his "projects." If he doesn't smarten up, she swears she's going to murder him and bury him under the pile of scrounged lumber in the backyard.

Her friend Griffin James is suddenly single and thinking maybe she needs to sell her fixer-upper and follow her career bliss up the ladder of success, even if that scary ladder is clear across the country. Getting her place ready to sell proves harder than she originally thought. She needs help.

She's not the only one. Cass Wilkes, their neighbor, has an empty nest—with a leaking roof. When her ceiling crashes in, she knows it's time to do something. When Grant Masters offers his handyman services at a fund-raiser auction, the three women go in together to outbid the competition and win their man. (Cass's friends think she should win Grant in a different way, too!) Now it's time to make some improvements…in their houses and their lives.

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