Where have Tracy Ewens' books been all my life? Everything
about BREW is heart-meltingly real; the town of Petaluma,
its citizens, the circle of friends and family surrounding
the main love interests and most especially the love story
Boyd McNaughton, a Master Brewer, father, oldest brother and
unknowingly lonely man encounters trauma doctor Ella Walton.
Ella knows she is lonely, knows she is still healing and
knows Boyd is something special but feels she lacks what she
needs to make a true connection.
The main characters are strong, no doubt, but I not only
fell for Boyd but fell head-over-heels for his 13-year-old
son Mason. I not only empathized with Ella but by the end of
BREW felt almost as close to her circle of friends. The arc
of the love story does not depend on external danger or
events but is a perfectly fulfilling journey alongside two
people who are made for each other but need to figure out
how they can make things work.
Tracy Ewens has a stunning gift for aligning her reader's
hearts alongside those of her characters. I was almost
instantly immersed and had great difficulty pausing long
enough for supper with my husband. (Thank goodness, he is an
understanding sort.) I was somewhat surprised to discover
that BREW was self-published, it has more polish than many
industry-published books I've read. BREW is set loosely in
the A Love Story series and is the second to
feature one of the McNaughton brothers (the first McNaughton
book is EXPOSURE). It is the first of Ewens' books I've
encountered, but she is at the top of my must read
list now. If you are a fan of quality writing and romance,
or just a great story I highly recommend BREW.
Boyd McNaughton is working on balance. He is a father, a
brewmaster, and the oldest brother of four. When he’s not
running Foghorn Brewery with two of his brothers, his days
are packed with carpools, teenage angst, and
well-intentioned school moms determined to send him on the
perfect blind date. After a simple argument ends with a
visit to the emergency room, Boyd discovers the one thing
he’s been neglecting—his life.
Ella Walters is working on connection. Having grown up in a
less-than-affectionate family of overachievers, she moved to
Petaluma for a slower pace and to escape her past. She has
friends now instead of accolades, chooses chocolate
croissants over super foods, and cherishes the peace that’s
replaced the drama. Sure, she occasionally misses the buzz
of the San Francisco General Hospital ER, but Ella is
learning that navigating a fuller life can be just as exciting.
When Boyd’s son, Mason, seeks out Dr. Ella for “advice” and
Boyd stumbles all over her newly healed heart, she finds
herself longing for something she never knew existed. But
families are messy, and they’ll both need to let go of the
past if they want to find a future that’s more than by the book.