Book Review ~ Waiting for a View by Debby Mayne @DebbyMayne

Waiting for a View
Debby Mayne
Bloomfield Series, Book 1

About the book:

Pushing 40, Bloomfield’s garden club vice president Sherry Butler has never moved out of her family home, still works at the same card shop where she landed a job after high school, and so resists change that she never accepted years of marriage proposals from Theo, the only man she ever loved.

Once he moves on, Sherry is pursued by Brad Henderson, an old friend who always seems to be there when she needs a helping hand. His kindness only annoys Sherry until one day she is shocked into self-reflection when a little girl points to her and asks her mother if she’s “the sad woman who will wind up being an old maid.”

With a friend’s encouragement, Sherry plans a turnaround, putting her house on the market and her name on the waiting list for a nice apartment with a view of the lake. She also agrees to go out with Brad, another bold step outside her comfort zone.

Letting go of the past is about as simple as an elephant picking up a pea, but for the first time in her life Sherry will leap into the exhilarating world of the great unknown, a place where faith is crucial and true love is waiting.

About the series:

The first Bloomfield novel, Waiting for a View by Debby Mayne, is available now as an eBook exclusive. The series’ first print release, Take the Trophy and Run by Gail Sattler, hits stores November 1, 2012. Future titles include Sattler’s When Pigs and Parrots Fly (eBook, February 2013), Last Chance for Justice by Kathi Macias (print, May 2013), and Best Laid Plans by Martha Rogers (eBook, July 2013).

The town of Bloomfield is a charming place with rolling hills on one side and a serene lake on the other. Main Street is lined with mom-and-pop businesses, a downtown theater with extra buttered popcorn, and a center court fountain that folks use to cool off during the blistering hot summer. Its population of Christ-loving but quirky folks will do anything they can for their neighbors.

Everyone is welcome in Bloomfield! Like, follow @BloomfieldClub on Twitter, and check out Fans can even become a “founding member” of Bloomfield and receive special incentives, such as having their name listed in an upcoming book and helping select forthcoming character names

About the author:
Twitter: @DebbyMayne

My thoughts:

Don’t you love the beginning of a new series? I sure do, especially when it looks like it is going to be a great one! The lineup of authors on this one practically makes it a hit before they are released.

In Waiting for a View we are introduced to Bloomfield, one of the top tiny towns in the nation. Of course there are several locals that are determined to make it one of the top small towns in the nation; after all wouldn’t more people want to visit a small town as opposed to a tiny town. If they could just get the population over that pesky 10,000 mark and keep it there.

One of the first citizens we meet is Sherry Butler. She is the manager of the local card store and vice president of the garden club. Sherry grew up in Bloomfield and never left, in fact she still lives in her childhood home. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother was his enabler. The problem with a small town is that everyone knew this.  

Poor Sherry! Not only was she the town drunk’s daughter, but when she finally got up the nerve to seriously date someone he ultimately dumped her. Now Sherry just sticks to what is safe and secure, never venturing out of her comfort zone.

But like all good stories there’s someone to pull her out of that and make her start living life to the fullest. Naomi is an 80 year old feisty woman that has loved and cared for Sherry her entire life. Naomi made sure that Sherry went to church and had all the emotional support that her parents weren’t able to give. With some not so gentle nudges and urges Naomi continues to push Sherry out of that comfort zone, preferably right into the arms of Brad Henderson.

The problem with Brad is that he is the best friend of the guy that dumped her. Sherry just isn’t sure that she can trust him. Brad on the other hand is frustrated with Sherry for not trusting him. All the makings of great romantic tension!

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and meet the delightful people that make up the beautiful town of Bloomfield. I hope you’ll take this fictional journey with me!

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