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Monday, October 10, 2016

Just Fine With Caroline: A Cold River Novel by Annie England Noblin

Setting: Missouri
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: October 11, 2016

Caroline O'Connor definitely deals with a full plate. Her mother has Alzheimer's, so she and her father balance her mother's care. As he's the town's retired, yet still very busy doctor, and Caroline runs her family's bait shop, she barely has time to relax.

Things become incredibly challenging when a handsome stranger takes over the general store across the street. The store's been empty for years, so it's a surprise when a Cranwell returns to town with intentions on opening the store back up. Noah Cranwell is part of the eccentric Cranwell family, but Caroline knows little about him, other than he's definitely caught her eye.

As Caroline gets to know Noah, she learns there's a connection between Noah's grandfather and Caroline's mother. She doesn't know what it is, but she's determined to find out.

Just Fine With Caroline is all about the setting and characters. The Cranwell's are elusive figures in this novel and the mystery surrounding them resolves slowly over the book's pages. Details impress with the picturesque setting and the steamy hot summer that's in place during the majority of the story.

The romance between Caroline and Noah never rushes. It builds at a realistic pace and leaves the reader feeling warm and cozy with each passing day. The mystery involving the O'Connor and Cranwell families isn't shocking, but it definitely adds depth.

My own mom is in the early stages of dementia, so I sympathized with all Caroline and her father faced. I liked that aspect of the story. It's not glossed over. It's a real struggle that the family faces, and one where they cherish each moment of clarity. I really liked that.

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