When Jacarandas Bloom by Ellen Read

Stephanie Page has one chance to escape her abusive partner and she takes it. By the end of the day, she finds herself on the top of a mountain range. Is it far enough away? Can she be safe here?

She’s drawn to a rundown tearoom, although she’s not sure why. The owner, Lynette, is cheerful and friendly, and Stephanie finds herself calling in most days. Lynette never has any other customers, so this allows them time to chat.

Lynette encourages Stephanie to visit an antiques and craft place owned and run by Andrew, the son of a friend of Lynette’s. Stephanie calls in. The place is a treasure trove of wonderful antiques and books, but she finds Andrew to be rude and unfriendly. She tells Lynette so. Lynette urges her to go another day and make the effort to befriend him.

Stephanie has just run away from one bad relationship. She doesn’t want another, and she doesn’t want to befriend a rude man. 

From what Lynette says one day over a Devonshire tea, it sounds as if she and Andrew have had a relationship. Then Lynette disappears. When Stephanie mentions this to Andrew, he orders her out of his antiques place.

Karen’s Magic Review

Having just read The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read, I kept seeing this book on my Social Media. The colours attracted me, the book cover is lovely. Then I saw a review and in it was Kindle Unlimited, and finally the icing on the cake, it was a novella, and I love the shorter reads.

I loved this story, although in the review I read it said something which I am not going to repeat because it took the reviewer completely by surprise. This made me guess what she was referring to, so I knew the ending. It didn’t matter though, because I enjoyed it just the same, and you will love the twist.

It’s a romance set in Australia and at first, it was reminding me a little Nicholas Sparkes’ Safehaven – I loved that book. But it quickly departed from that storyline and took up one of its own.

If you haven’t discovered Ellen Read yet, you really should. She is a great writer and a great entertainer.

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