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Painting the Moon: Volume 1 (Chilton Crosse) Paperback – 7 Jun 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (7 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940215323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940215327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,368,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels. Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”

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I am an English woman living not far from the Cotswolds and I'm afraid I didn't get very far into this books before I encountered so many aspects of England that the writer clearly didn't know. We don't have cicadas (we have crickets in summer) , pubs have names like The Red Lion and are never called 'Joe's Pub' and smoking has been banned inside public places for quite a few years now. Oh, and I found the storytelling rather tedious as well.
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This story begins with Noelle Cooke receiving a letter from England that her Great Aunt Joy passed away and she has been named executor and sole heir of her estate. Putting her life in San Diego on hold, she heads to the quaint little village of Chilton Crosse to settle affairs as quickly as possible. As Noelle reminisces about her summers spent with her Gram and Great Aunt Joy in England, old family secrets become apparent and Noelle is compelled to uncover the mysteries surrounding the last ten years of Aunt Joy's reclusive past.

There was a section after the first part of the story after Noelle arrived in England that moved unbearably slow for me. Small mundane details that don't move the story forward bore me. I tend to associate this with Women's Lit, however, it is a personal grievance of my own and I know some readers enjoy those details. My favorite parts of the story were the insightful snippets at the beginning of each chapter in which Aunt Joy issued wise nuggets of advice to Noelle about artistic technique, perspective, texture and life itself.

Otherwise, I found the storyline compelling and the main characters were well developed. Jill provided a good sounding block for Noelle, while going through life changing events of her own, and Adam provided sexual tension, with the regret of missed opportunities from the past. This story contains romantic elements, however I would hesitate to call it a romance because we are not privy to Adam's perspective aside from a third person narration. The two story arcs compounded Noelle's journey of self-discovery while trying to uncover the mystery behind her Aunt Joy's last years of reclusiveness and the symbol added to the last group of paintings found hidden behind the locked cottage door.

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Enjoyed the story enormously, just the kind of event many of us dream would happen to us. It is very refreshing to be able to read a good romance that is clean; which goes to show that all the sex, which one has to turn several pages over to pass by, is totally unnecessary. Thank you and for that reason I would buy more of Traci Borum's books. However, similarly to another person leaving her review I also found several things that the author had not researched about England. 'The Cornwall cottage' would only ever be called 'the Cornish cottage' in this country. We use adjectives to describe the whereabouts of places, or we would say 'the cottage in Cornwall'. As previously mentioned in another review, we do not have cicadas or fireflies in England, (although I wish we did have fireflies), pubs have interesting names that usually mean something like The King's Head or The Four Horsehoes, never ever Joe's Pub. During weddings in England the bridesmaids always follow the bride, they do not go before her, ever. It is dark in southern England during the winter by 4:30 in the afternoon. The River Avon is never called The Avon River. All rivers have their title preceding their name: The River Thames, The River Mersey, etc. The Avon river sounds as silly as the River Mississippi would sound to Americans. There are no screen doors in England either, not necessary. It also takes over two hours (on empty roads) to drive from The Cotswolds to London or vice versa and the drive would never happen in daylight after an evening in London unless one left the following morning. Having said all that, I really, really loved the story and was sorry when I finished the book. I will definitely read more books by Ms Borum. Thank you.
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I quite enjoyed this book once I decided to let the inaccuracies drift past me. Funnily enough I did Google "Cicadas in Britain" - just in case - and apparently we do get them in Hampshire, so you learn something new every day :) It's a nice gentle story with pleasant characters and a drip-feeding of mystery and romance to keep you hooked.
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Brilliant book couldn't put it down
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