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That Night On Thistle Lane (Book) Review

 
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3/ 5


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An interesting story with sweet characters.

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Might be a bit too light a read for some.


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There are mysteries abound in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, and none of them make you think too much. While it is an engaging story, it doesn’t grip you in a way that you simply can’t put it down. In my mind, particularly this time of year, that isn’t a bad thing. You can’t read War and Peace every time; sometimes you need some light and fun to cleanse the palate. That Night On Thistle Lane is the winter version of a beach read, and it’s perfect for this time of year. Light romance, fun characters, and an interesting story line all sync together quite well in a book that will chase the winter blues away.

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Posted January 14, 2013 by

 
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Sometimes a nice light read is right up your lane….er, alley.

The holidays are over, and with them the hustle and bustle of shopping, travel, and a million other things you rushed around to get done in a ridiculously short amount of time. While it’s nice to let out a sigh of relief for the relative peace of deep winter, January and February have challenges of their own. Whether you’re snowed in (again), trudging through the snow and wind to wait at school pickup, or just longing for the beach during your commute, sometimes a sweet read that doesn’t make you think too much (but isn’t absolute drivel either) is just the thing to pull you out of your holiday hangover.

That Night On Thistle Lane is a sweet story that follows Phoebe O’Dunn and Noah Kendrick on their journey to find each other. Phoebe is a rather stereotypical small town librarian (if a bit younger than most): sweet and generally unassuming, dedicated to family, friends, and especially the small town she grew up in: Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Noah is a young billionaire, at loose ends after stepping down as CEO in his successful startup. When Noah’s best friend talks him into attending a masquerade ball, he and Phoebe are drawn to each other and sparks fly. But when the mysterious stranger who has been following Noah makes an appearance, the two are separated without learning each other’s identities.

While it all sounds a bit modern day Cinderella at first, their is much more to the story than two strangers at a ball. Of course, there’s the question of when and how Noah and Phoebe will discover who the other is, particularly when they keep running into each other in the tiny town. But there’s also the matter of that somewhat sinister stranger who keeps showing up. Why is he following them? What does he want? No one seems to know, and he isn’t telling. And of course, there’s the mysterious hidden room Phoebe discovered in the library’s attic. Preserved as though no one has touched it for decades, it is filled with beautiful handmade gowns from classic cinema, as well as captivating original designs (one of which Phoebe can’t resist wearing to the ball where she meets her prince). How it all got there, and more importantly, who created such beauty, is a mystery Phoebe just can’t give up on.

There are mysteries abound in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, and none of them make you think too much. While it is an engaging story, it doesn’t grip you in a way that you simply can’t put it down. In my mind, particularly this time of year, that isn’t a bad thing. You can’t read War and Peace every time; sometimes you need some light and fun to cleanse the palate. That Night On Thistle Lane is the winter version of a beach read, and it’s perfect for this time of year. Light romance, fun characters, and an interesting story line all sync together quite well in a book that will chase the winter blues away.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)