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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Measure of Happiness by Lorrie Thomson - Book Review

About The Book:

Katherine Lamontagne isn't Celeste Barnes's mother, but ever since Celeste graduated high school and her parents abandoned Hidden Harbor, Maine, she's acted the part. At twenty-two, Celeste worked at Katherine’s bakery, and hoped to buy the business once Katherine took early retirement. But when Katherine reconsidered that decision, Celeste fled to culinary school in New York—only to return two months later, a shadow of the girl who’d stormed out the door.

Katherine knows the signs of secret heartbreak. Years ago, she gave up her baby son for adoption—a regret she’s never shared with either her ex-husband or Celeste. She longs for Celeste to confide in her now. But it will be a stranger in town—an engaging young wanderer named Zach Fitzgerald—who spurs them toward healing. As both women are drawn into Zach’s questioning heart, they also rediscover their own appetites for truth and for love—and gain the courage to face the past without being imprisoned by it.
Uplifting, emotionally rich, and deeply satisfying, A Measure of Happiness illuminates the nature of friendship, motherhood, hope—and the gifts of second chances.

My Thoughts:

I was completely charmed by Lorrie Thomson's latest novel, "A Measure of Happiness."  This family drama highlights that a family isn't always made up of those related to you - it can be those around us who we love and cherish equally as much as those who share our DNA.

This fast paced and genuinely warm and loving story features a cast of quirky and interesting characters, a delicious setting of a beloved bakery, and three separate but related tales that intertwine with each other and leads to a hard-won but satisfying ending.

Lorrie Thomson's storytelling skills are on point with her third novel and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future - this is an author to watch for!

I highly recommend this novel for those who love family relationship stories with a touch of romance and even a teensy bit of magic (you have to read to find out what I'm implying!). Oh, and did I mention two luscious recipes are included in the back of the book!  Yum!

About The Author:

LORRIE THOMSON lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their children. When she's not reading, writing, or hunting for collectibles, her family lets her tag along for camping adventures, daylong paddles, and hikes up 4,000 footers. Her website is www.lorrie-thomson.com.

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My thanks to the author and Kensington Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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