That Night on Thistle Lane

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That Night on Thistle Lane

Swift River Valley

When Boston librarian Phoebe O'Dunn discovers a hidden room in her library, her safe and uneventful life takes a turn for the eventful and unexpected. Her passion for history hasn’t left her with much hope for a happily-ever-after ending, but her luck is singing a different tune. In the hidden room lie many secrets including a number of articles of vintage clothing. Among the pieces is a spectacular gown which Phoebe feels is perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. While at the gala, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome and daring man who has also chosen a costume heavy with disguise.

Noah Kendrick's wealth has made him wary, especially of women. It seems everybody wants something and no one can be trusted. When Noah and Pheobe meet again-after the ball- they don’t recognize each other, at first. Once the recognition sets in, the doubt does also. Neither is sure they can trust what they shared that night, until they are thrown into a threatening situation that requires them to let down their walls and show their true colors.

Will a fairy tale happen for these two? Is it a Cinderella and Prince Charming outcome or will the threat ruin their happy ending, as so many in history do? That Night on Thistle Lane is a story of courage and willingness to open yourself to someone else, taking a risk on love to find your own happy ending. Though this is the second book in the series, it fully holds the capability to stand on its own, bring back characters from the first novel without carrying over the same storyline. This enables the reader to enjoy the characters again without reading the titles in any specific order.

The book is a romance with a dash of mystery that is so minor that there is little suspense to be held. It is a book that is perfect for those who enjoy the sweet and innocent side of love. This carries over into the romance as well, which is light and clean. So how does this book hold up in the stars? Check out my handy guide below to help you decide if this one is for you.

5 stars – You love low key, clean romance with a little bit of fairytale romance, a little mystery and a contemporary backdrop full of interesting and colorful characters. Series are not meant to be read in order – they just need to carry some of the same elements and settings.

4 stars – You’d like a little more heat in the romance, but love contemporary romances that have interesting plot twist with a bit of mystery and great characters. Modern-day fairy tales can be wonderful. Series don’t necessarily have to be read in order. You enjoy both those who do and those who don’t.

3 Stars – You prefer a significant level of heat in a romance, that’s what makes it a romance. Fairy tales aren’t quite your cup of tea, but you can dig them here and there. You’re a mystery and suspense reader and this one just didn’t quite fulfill that desire, but it was a great story with good characters and interesting plot turns, who can ask for more, not every book is a 5. You generally prefer to read a series in order, but will read them out of order for the right book.

2 Stars – Your preferred romance is 50 Shades of Gray style, this one just doesn’t cut it. Who calls this book a mystery? Not you! You need action packed suspense and the fairy tale just isn’t cutting it. Despite the authors’ talent to weave a good story with interesting characters, there just isn’t enough meat in here for you. If a series is full of stand-alone books, it’s simply not a series. You need the characters to develop and grow.

1 Star – Let’s face it, you’re not a romance fan. Who reads romance? You’d rather be up in Harry Potter’s grill, with a story full of fantasy and unlikely to happen situations. Aside from the hidden room – those are always fun- you stepped outside of your comfort zone (kudos) but you’re getting back in the pool you belong in. Romance just isn’t your thing. Who reads series? Give me stand-alone books with no connection to any other book I’ve read.


Book Blurb for That Night on Thistle Lane

More than just make-believe 

Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful...until she discovers the hidden room. 

Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown-perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who's also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick's wealth has made him wary, especially of women: everybody wants something. 

When Noah and Phoebe meet again in Knights Bridge, at first neither recognizes the other. And neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared-until an unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves. 

After all, it takes more than just the right costume to live out your personal fairy tale. It takes heart...and the courage to be more than you ever dreamed.


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.00