Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Painting the Moon: A Chilton Crosse Novel by Traci Borum

Painting the Moon: A Chilton Crosse Novel by Traci Borum
ISBN: 978-1940215327
Published: June 2014
Published by: Red Adept Publishing
Paperback, 310 pages

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel set in Chilton Crosse, a charming village in the Cotswold area of Britain. I was immediately captured by the author’s description of the English countryside with its quaint villages and shops. The book cover is beautiful and oh-so English!

Noelle’s aunt is a famous artist whom she hasn’t seen in over a decade. When “aunt” Joy dies, Noelle inherits her cottage and art gallery in Chilton Crosse. Upon opening a locked room in the cottage, Noelle discovers something breathtaking. Add to that a family secret in a hidden journal and there is just enough mystery in this women’s’ fiction/cozy romance to keep the reader intrigued.

The novel is very well written and the characters are well-developed, real. I could “hear” English accents as I turned the pages and “see” the scenery.  Each chapter begins with artistic instructions for a budding artist’s success that could just as well be gentle, kindly advice for life.

This book is about art, love, family dynamics and second chances.  This is quality fiction that causes no flinches over expletives or sexual scenes because there are none. I highly recommend it!

Note: This book is rated C = clean read. 

About the Author:

Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She's also an avid reader of women's fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher. Since the age of 12, she's written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.

Reviewed by Sandra

Disclosure: Thanks to Michelle Rever from Red Adept Publishing for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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