I received this book for free from Booktrope in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson
Published by Booktrope on June 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancé, the wedding she’d committed to, and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl.
Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn’s phone number in the back of a drawer.
Hadn’t she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken.
Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.
What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.
The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson’s lovable but complex characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.
Ahhh! Tess Thompson! Always a delight!
This romance is no different. Although, Tess is really great about putting stuff in a book that makes me feel like I’m reading a self help! I had to highlight a few things so I can go back to them later. A lot of this book was about trust and how deep it really is to trust someone after you have been hurt. With this really strong storyline the characters had to keep up, and I feel that they did a pretty good job.
I love Blythe. I also love Bliss but sadly Bliss is only in this just a little bit. I’m hoping another book will be on her! But back to Blue Midnight and Blythe. She’s been through the wringer and yet somehow she manages to pick herself up and go on a road trip. I love it. That somehow was pretty much her sister pushing her to do it. (Yet one of the many reasons I loved Bliss).
The plot line is actually very interesting but there is much more here than just Blythe getting over her ex-husband. And really it isn’t HIM she needs to get over, it’s her feeling of inadequacy. If I’m being completely honest here I was hoping for something really bad to happen to her ex. Maybe I’m just being a jerk but I just didn’t like what or how he did things to Blythe. I was hoping Moonstone (that’s the actual name of another cute character) would do something mean to him but alas Blythe is a really good person.
SO! In comes the really interesting part. The love! I cannot go into too much detail sadly because this would be a massive spoiler, but what I can tell you is that I liked the relationship. They did fall into love instantly which got to me a bit. Sometimes I can almost feel the sparks jumping out of the book but in this case, as much as I want them to be together, I also wanted them to freaking take a step back and breathe for a minute!!
But they don’t because this is a romance.
Okay, fine. But they do make a cute couple and by the end I had tears freaking strolling down my face AGAIN! Tess does this to me every single time. She is just THAT good at romance.
In short: Once again I loved Tess Thompson’s beautiful writing. The wit and strength of her characters is amazing. I always end her books wanting to read more. It’s like magic!
After some success as a playwright she decided to write a novel, a dream she’d held since childhood. She began working on her first novel, Riversong while her second daughter was eight months old, writing during naptimes and weekends. She considers it a small miracle and the good-nature of her second child (read: a good napper) that it was ever finished. Riversong was released in April 2011 by Booktrope, a Seattle publisher and subsequently became a #1 Nook book and Kindle best seller. Learn more about Booktrope at www.booktrope.com
Like her main character in Riversong, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her two small daughters where she is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
She was an active member of the theatre community in Seattle as an actor and director during the late nineties. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, My Lady’s Hand which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre.
A voracious reader, Tess’s favorite thing to do is to curl up on a rainy afternoon and read a novel. She also enjoys movies, theatre, wine and food. She is fed emotionally by her friends and family and cherishes relationships above all else.
Tess will be releasing her second novel, Caramel and Magnolias, in February 2013. She is busy working a historical fiction set in 1930’s Alabama that is based on a short story of her great-great grandmother’s.