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Take the Trophy and Run (Bloomfield series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gail Sattler
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Like Mitford and Lake Wobegon before that, Bloomfield is a place we could all call home. Here, the residents enjoy a splash fountain in the town square, dine at the “Fancy Schmantsy” on tree-lined Main Street, and dream of reaching the 10,000 population mark -- only 22 more folks to go!

The Bloomfield Garden Club, an all-ages group of lovable oddballs that will stop at nothing to make everything beautiful, maintains this piece of heaven on earth. But even such idyllic places as this have their share of
dramatic characters and stories to be told.

Take, for instance, craft store owner Amber Weathersby. She wants to be a member of the garden club but has never received the blessing of a green thumb. Her friend, Stan the mechanic, has helped as much as he can -- even adding a timed sprinkler system to Amber’s garden -- but the results never live up to the club’s expectations.

Her only claim to fame with that gang is her semi-famous garden gnome, Gnorman, who gets to hold the prized trophy each year in the Bloomfield Spring Fling contest’s winning garden.

But this year, instead of being the life of the party, her little star is gnomegnapped, and worse, the club’s irreplaceable trophy has gone missing with him. While Amber is chasing the gnome around town trying to win the trophy, Stan is chasing Amber, trying to win her heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433677296
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (3 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LAMPRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #674,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hampered by a Weak Start 9 Nov 2012
By Iola
Format:Kindle Edition
Amber Weathersby owns the Gardens and Gifts Galore. Each year, she places a gnome in the garden that wins the Bloomfield Garden Club prize. Except this year, Gnormon (with a silent `g') the gnome has gone missing, along with the trophy. She soon finds a clue, a poem comprised of letters cut out of the local paper, and this leads her and her best friend, Stan Wilson, to the gnome. But no trophy. And then Gnormon disappears, and so starts the chase to find Gnormon's next location, and hopefully the trophy.

As he works with Amber, Stan discovers that Amber isn't just the girl he grew up with, his oldest, closest friend. He's in love with her. And she seems to be drawing away from him. He doesn't know that Amber is also struggling with financial issues. Her parents are dead, and her uncle is pressuring her to repay his business loan, on which he has doubled the interest payments (not exactly sure how he could do that with a written contract, but never mind).

I found Take the Trophy and Run difficult to get into, although I usually enjoy cozy mysteries and I have a real soft spot for friends-to-lovers plots (this is Christian fiction, so lovers in the Victorian sense, not the modern sense). The style of writing didn't really work for me, although there was nothing I could pinpoint as why. I think my main problem was that I was more interested in the relationship between Amber and Stan than in the mystery of the missing gnome or Amber's financial issues. And even this has been done better, particularly in the Smart Chick Mysteries by Mindy Starns Clark. Take the Trophy and Run wasn't bad, it just didn't grab me until about three-quarters of the way through, and that wasn't enough to make up for the weaker start.

Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read 16 Dec 2012
By Sarah Hamaker, author of Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids From War to Peace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Take the Trophy and Run brings the reader right into life in the small town of Bloomfield, populated by a host of endearing characters. While Stan and Amber search for a missing gnome, they discover their feelings for one another. Gail has a light touch with the humor and romance, blending the two into a lovely story. If you like cozy mysteries with a dash of boy-girl-next-door romance, you'll love Take the Trophy and Run.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Romp 11 Nov 2012
By Valerie Comer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Amber Weathersby is an unlikely member of the Bloomfield Garden Club. So far, she's managed to kill pretty much everything she's tried to grow outside her house. If it weren't for her best-firend-since-childhood, Stan, who installed an automatic sprinkler and told her never to touch it, there would be no hope of even a patch of green, let alone multi-colored flowers.

Still, Amber is a crafter with a little shop where many of the club members pick up their garden ornaments. Her most famous is Gnorman the Gnome, whose job it is to hold the trophy when the winner of the Spring Fling garden contest is announced. Only this year, Gnorman-and more importantly, that precious trophy-have gone missing.

A note with words cut from the newspaper appears, leading Amber, with Stan hot on her trail, to Gnorman, who's wearing a new funky costume. The note tells her not to move Gnorman or she'll never find the trophy. For several weeks Amber and Stan follow these clues around Bloomfield and try to figure out who is behind the gnome-gnapping and where the trophy is.

Stan is stunned to find he's fallen in love with his very best friend, but what's holding Amber back? Why is she so panicked out about the annual garden club membership review? And. . .is it possible she's fallen for him, too, and just won't admit it?

Take the Trophy and Run is an entertaining romp around the town of Bloomfield. If you enjoy some chuckles with your romantic reading, give this read (and series) a try. It's hard to pull a new story out of this trope, I think-the one where a man and a woman have been friends forever and don't see each other as marriage material, and don't want to ruin the friendship they have established. The author found a new twist or two to pull this tale together.

Bloomfield is a series about a fictional town created by a team of authors contracted by B&H Publishing. Thanks to B&H and NetGalley for a review copy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Funny, and Entertaining 16 Dec 2012
By Robert Kaku - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Take the Trophy Run is a delightful and comedic look at small-town life when a caricature-like statue of a gnome named Gnorman keeps showing up mysteriously and unpredictably at various people's homes. Amber and Stan are two young people in the thick of the effort to find out what is going on and chase the statue all around town. Meanwhile, they are involved in a chase of their own--to find each other as soul mates. Take a few hours out of your busy week, relax in a comfy chair and follow the adventures of Amber and Stan as they follow Gnorman. Will they ever figure out the mystery behind Gnorman? Will Stan ever be able to confess his love to Amber? Find out. Read Take the Trophy and Run.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars calm and slow moving romance 12 Nov 2012
By Joan N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Stan and Amber have known each other a long time - from birth. They've been friends forever. Amber now owns a garden gift store and Stan owns an auto repair shop. They have settled into a familiar friendship.
Amber is a member of the local garden club, even though she's not very good at gardening. Stan helps her out, though, like he's always done.
It has become a tradition for Amber to place her gnome, Gnorman, in the garden of the winner of the garden club prize. But this year, as the club assembles in the winning garden, it becomes evident the gnome is missing - and along with it, the trophy he held.
Over the next weeks, Gnorman appears in various gardens of club members, always with a note, a clue to the next location. Stan faithfully helps Amber as they try to solve the mystery of the missing trophy and their friendship turns into something more serious.

This is probably the calmest mystery/romance I have ever read. The plot is a bit weak and the action is rather slow and repetitive. There is a little humor, but not very much. The end was kind of cute, but you knew it was coming.
If you have high blood pressure and need to remain calm while reading a novel, this one would work for you.
I have read other books by Gail and this is not her best.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hampered by a Weak Start 9 Nov 2012
By Iola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Amber Weathersby owns the Gardens and Gifts Galore. Each year, she places a gnome in the garden that wins the Bloomfield Garden Club prize. Except this year, Gnormon (with a silent `g') the gnome has gone missing, along with the trophy. She soon finds a clue, a poem comprised of letters cut out of the local paper, and this leads her and her best friend, Stan Wilson, to the gnome. But no trophy. And then Gnormon disappears, and so starts the chase to find Gnormon's next location, and hopefully the trophy.

As he works with Amber, Stan discovers that Amber isn't just the girl he grew up with, his oldest, closest friend. He's in love with her. And she seems to be drawing away from him. He doesn't know that Amber is also struggling with financial issues. Her parents are dead, and her uncle is pressuring her to repay his business loan, on which he has doubled the interest payments (not exactly sure how he could do that with a written contract, but never mind).

I found Take the Trophy and Run difficult to get into, although I usually enjoy cozy mysteries and I have a real soft spot for friends-to-lovers plots (this is Christian fiction, so lovers in the Victorian sense, not the modern sense). The style of writing didn't really work for me, although there was nothing I could pinpoint as why. I think my main problem was that I was more interested in the relationship between Amber and Stan than in the mystery of the missing gnome or Amber's financial issues. And even this has been done better, particularly in the Smart Chick Mysteries by Mindy Starns Clark. Take the Trophy and Run wasn't bad, it just didn't grab me until about three-quarters of the way through, and that wasn't enough to make up for the weaker start.

Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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