I loved it! It made me laugh out loud and shed a few tears. I love the way Hallie has to come face to face with her past to realize how much love she really had growing up. The courage to be who she is came from her aunt as did love of beauty and design. Really, motherhood is more than an act of birth and it's a lesson that Hallie has to learn. You'll love Hallie's sister-friends and wish they were yours. They cracked me up.
It's a fun summer read that leaves you feeling good after you put it down. I'll admit I shook my Kindle in disbelief when I got to the end. I was sure it would magically continue on with Hallie's story, but alas it didn't. Darn it.
Ms Kappes pulls some of the best elements of women's fiction and chick-lit and yes, there are quirky characters, lots of laughs, and few tears.
I would recommend Carpe Bead 'Em for a fun summer read and introduce you an excellent storyteller.
Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.
That is, until she's transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.
When she arrives in town, Hallie finds crazy Aunt Grace rummaging through a dumpster looking for the "perfect" welcome home gift for her niece. That's just the beginning. After that, Aunt Grace stays busy by dying her stolen poodle's hair pink and leaving the dog on her apartment roof to pee, throwing bricks out the window at passing neighbors, and climbing every flag pole to kiss the ornamental eagle.
Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading. When her talent is discovered by a major department store jewelry buyer, Hallie realizes that what she had in Chicago might not have been her dream life after all.
When faced with the choice of moving back to Chicago and Bo or taking a leap of faith to start her own jewelry company (with Aunt Grace in tow), Hallie has to make a decision. Will she let her past and her future collide, or will she or keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?