I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Painting the Moon on June 7, 2014
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When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England.
When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been and yearns for a future once thought lost. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.
Painting the Moon by Traci Borum is the first Chilton Crosse novel, and I’m so happy I had the chance to read it! I was drawn in first by the beautiful cover – but what kept me interested was the beautiful story that Borum weaved. Noelle finds out that her estranged aunt has passed away and left everything to her. Noelle travels from her home in San Diego to her aunt’s home in the Cotswolds.
Noelle hasn’t been back for several years, after her aunt, a famous artist, had a mental breakdown and secluded herself away from everyone, including her own family. Noelle discovers that her aunt has left many secrets for her, and they will change her life forever. She realizes that she really was missing this part of her life, and the people from her past, even if she didn’t know it.
I adored Painting the Moon by Traci Borum. The story was so well-written and I truly felt transported to the Cotswolds. I loved all the different elements of the story. The plot was masterfully done. There was a wonderful story being told and the bits of mystery woven in were perfect. I finished this book very excited that I could read the next in the series. As long as there are Chilton Crosse books being written, I will read them. 🙂