Just before I left for my trip to Europe a small package arrived in the mail. It was an advance copy of Woodrose Mountain a book by RaeAnne Thayne. I decided to make it my holiday read. With 16+ hours of flying time and numerous evenings, I knew that this book would be a good travel companion.
The story is one that appealed to me. The main character, Evie lives above a bead shop. She considers herself a "beader" and works in the bead store and also goes to craft shows on the weekend. Sound familiar? There are more than a few people out there who could have inspired the book.
As we move through the book we realize that there is more history to Evie than orginally thought. She is a former physical therapist, who left a great job to move to a small town called Hope's Crossing where she wants to start life over. Of course, there is a romance. Oh, and she adopts a golden doodle.
I loved Evie because she did what so many "beaders" think about. She packed in her day job and went into her craft full time. Sure, the money was way less....but her life was much more interesting. Along the way, her old career draws her into a job situation she did not plan for.
I didn't realize that this book was the second in a series. You did not need to read the first book to understand what was going on, but I think I'll still pick up that book to learn a little bit more about Evie and her life before Hope's Crossing. If you are looking for a really special book that involves beading, small town life, romance and a group of interesting women, you'll want to pick up Woodrose Mountain.