“Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love.”
Author: Julie N. Ford
Date of publication: March 2014
According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can’t even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She’s confident that her destiny is finally within reach.
When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.
Home Matters is the first novella in this series. It was a quick read and thoroughly enjoyed it. Olivia has lived her life with her mother telling her she is destined to be a star. When she finally gets her big break, she realizes that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. Reality TV isn't all that real and sometimes what you think you want in life isn't what will really make you happy. Pete is the one person that sees more potential in Olivia than she seems to see in herself. Personally, I was rooting for Olivia to realize how great Pete was because that star of the show was a a royal jerk. I was also hoping that Olivia would follow her true heart and talent. I loved Pete and his chemistry with Olivia. What he did for her in the end was really cool. I definitely recommend this first on in the series. I look forward to the next book in the series, Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin. Be sure to come back on April 5th to see what I thought!
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Julie is a forty-something, dangerously close to becoming a fifty-something, graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of four women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she’s not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, a Betta named Bob, and a Scottish fold kitten, Ardweal.