Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review: ON WITH THE SHOW by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Every Thanksgiving, Franzi Mueller returns to her hometown, Freedom Valley, to help with the musical show at the veteran’s hospital. After a decade of living in Houston, Franzi is feeling nostalgic for the sense of community in her small Texas town. Moving home wouldn't be a problem if she could stop her matchmaking mother's plans to reunite her with her ex-high school beau, Dietz Reinhardt.

Hardware store owner Dietz can see Franzi needs a break from her big city clothing designer job and plans to do whatever he can to help her relax. He figures a little help from her mama is a good thing.

Circumstances throw them together at every turn, each glance and touch igniting old sparks. Can Franzi find what her creative spirit needs in Freedom Valley or is time running out on this second chance for Dietz to win over her heart?

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ON WITH THE SHOW is a contemporary romance novella set in Freedom Valley, Texas.  This sweet love story has a nostalgic feel and the author captures the essence of a close knit small town. I loved the descriptiveness of expressions and emotions, which immediately pulls the reader in, establishing a rapport with the main characters. The dialogue in particular had a smooth, natural speech vibe.

Heroine Franzi Mueller works in the intensely competitive fashion world, but is taking time off to return home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The demands of her job and unpleasant coworkers provide external conflict but also serve as a source of discontent in her life. As the story begins, Franzi appears to be entering a period of self-doubt regarding the choices she has made in life. Her return home exacerbates the heroine's awareness of what she has sacrificed for her career—the closeness of friends and family and the love of her high school sweetheart.

While Franzi left town following high school, hero Dietz Reinhardt stayed behind to take over his family business.  It's pretty clear right from the beginning that Franzi broke Dietz's heart when she left, which makes him cautious about trusting her. His brief marriage to another woman failed and it swiftly becomes clear that he is still carrying a torch for Franzi. He seems torn between wanting to be with the heroine and worrying that she'll love him and leave him again.

Reluctant in love Franzi and Dietz don't stand much of a chance of remaining apart. The whole town seems to be in on a grand plot to bring them together. The antics of the townsfolk are definitely amusing and help to drive the story. One machination after another throws the pair together and their powerful attraction for each other does the rest. The cast of secondary characters is full of lively, interesting faces but I did feel overwhelmed at points. I wanted to see more of the hero and heroine together, less of meddling neighbors and relatives.

ON WITH THE SHOW will appeal to readers looking for a sweet romance full of homey themes: being with friends and family, childhood sweethearts reunited, and a lovely touch of humor. The conclusion is bright with promise and will not disappoint.

Author BIO:
As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.

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  1. Linda,
    I got this crossposted for you onto Amazon, Goodreads, B&N. Thanks so much for the opportunity to review your book. It was a pleasure.

  2. Melissa and Linda--This looks like a real fun read. I love to read sweet romances with a touch of humor...especially on a cold night with a cup of tea! Best of luck.

  3. Linda, your rise to writing is just about the same as mind. I thought at one time I was the Grandma Moses of authors, but there's a lot of us grandmothers out there.
    Melissa, I haven't been to your site for a while, and I love how you updated it!