Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson (Blue Mountain #1)

Blue Midnight
by Tess Thompson

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Blue Mountain - Book 1
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Mystery
Print Length: 266 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancĂ©, the wedding she’d committed to, and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl.

Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn’s phone number in the back of a drawer.

Hadn’t she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken.

Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.

What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.

The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson’s lovable but complex characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.

Blue Midnight (Blue Mountain, #1)My Review
Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson

Many women have faced it, mid-forties, divorced, a stay-at-home mom, now alone, left for a younger, more vibrant replacement. Left with the big questions: Why? Now what? When will it stop hurting? Then there is always the biggest question of all, whatever happened to the One That Got Away? On what was practically the eve of her wedding, Blythe met a man and all of the magic of love, soulmates and happily ever after was standing right in front of her, but being ever so responsible, she left a huge piece of her heart in a small town hours from home.

When Blythe came across the phone number Finn had given her thirteen years before, just in case she changed her mind about her wedding, she started on a journey to find the road not taken. To see if what they shared was real. What she finds is a tall and handsome man, who sends her head spinning, but he is not Finn. Little did she know the connection Kevan had to Finn, or the joys and pain these two had shared. What she did discover were skeletons in the closet of a small town, whispered gossip and vicious rumors, all covering a dark secret, lies, mistrust and a wealthy family torn apart. The most damaged pawn among them was a teenaged girl, who lost both her mother and her favorite uncle, as she is forced to be a puppet to the dark whims of her twisted boyfriend and his father.

Through it all, Blythe forges ahead to discover the truth about two people who died under mysterious circumstances and reunite a family torn by doubt. In the process, she also discovers the inner strength to see into her own life and her own heart as she learns to live for the present and not look back on the past or wait for a future that may never come unless she makes it happen.

Flat out, Blue Midnight started firmly appearing to be one genre, but had the strength to morph into one that crosses several. From a bleak tale of a woman lost and bitter to a mystery to be solved, to a tale of personal growth, discovery and second chances at life and love, Tess Thompson has written with a strong hand, guiding her characters along without getting lost in too many details as she centers the spotlight on Blythe, the inner Blythe and the Blythe she has become. Wonderful writing, realistic characters, spot on dialogue and gut-clenching emotion, this journey is one to be savored, enjoyed and celebrated, because in there is a tale of human growth and acceptance of life as it is played out as one loosens up on the reins and learns to relish the ride, bumps and all.

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much for this kind and thoughtful review. You just made my day and inspired me to keep my #ButtInSeat as I write the first draft of the sequel, featuring Bliss (Blythe's sister). xoxo