Several months ago, me, Rachael Anderson, and Karey White started throwing around the idea of doing a novella series together. We had a lot of ideas, but inspiration struck Rachael one day (I think it was actually at church) and she came up with the Ripples Effect idea--where the characters in one book would effect the lives of the characters in the next, setting them on their course to finding love.
Karey and I immediately LOVED it and we wanted to make it a six-novella series.
In came Julie N. Ford. I'd recently read Replacing Gentry (a modern twist on Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier) and of course had read Count Down to Love, which was a Whitney Award Finalist a few years ago. I love her writing and the way she can make her characters so real to me. Both were books that, once I started, I could not put down. I wanted her in on this with us, and Rachael and Karey agreed.
Julie enthusiastically agreed to write a novella for the series. When I read her blurb for Home Matters, I was thrilled. It sounded like an amazing, fun, atmospheric novella that I wanted her to hurry and write so that I could read it.
When she sent it to me to read, I dropped everything so that I could jump right into it.
I absolutely loved Home Matters. It's the story of Olivia Pembroke, a twenty-seven year old woman from a small, southern town who is living in California, trying to get her big break in Hollywood. She's desperate for money, desperate to get noticed before she hits the big 3-0, but mostly desperate not to let her mom (and dad and pretty much her whole hometown) down by failing.
Her break comes in the form of a reality television show--Home Matters. She'll star alongside heartthrob, William Blaine as they battle to convince their shared client to keep their renovated home or buy a new one. If she could just ignore Pete, the contractor with a special talent for getting under her skin, life would be perfect. But, she soon learns that everything (and everyone) on the show is not what they seem and has to ask herself what her real dreams are after all.
Once again, Julie made me fall in love with her characters. The whole time I was rooting for Olivia--for her to find herself and to find love as well. This is such a well-written story that was so much fun to read and left me with a good, happy feeling inside when I was done.
I recommend Home Matters to anyone who loves a sweet romance and needs something to put a smile on their face today.
If you're interested in learning more about Julie N. Ford, check out her website.