Right Where We Belong

Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri,
a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa,
or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan,
love grows best in small towns just like this!

“Seriously? Three of my favorite authors in one collection? The perfect weekend read!”
—Susan May Warren, USA Today best-selling, RITA® Award-winning author

Deborah Raney is the RITA® Award-winning author of over thirty books, including Christy Award finalist Remember to Forget. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. She lives in Kansas with her illustrator husband.

Melissa Tagg is the critically-acclaimed author of the Walker Family and Where Love Begins series. A former reporter, her books have made the Amazon bestsellers and Publishers Weekly Top Ten lists. Melissa lives in Iowa where by day she works as a nonprofit grant writer.

Courtney Walsh’s debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, landed on the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Courtney is an artist and playwright who lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio.

In Deborah Raney’s A Langhorne Romance: Lily O’Neal’s thriving at-home bakery means working alone in her state-of-the-art kitchen, so how’s she ever supposed to meet the man of her dreams? But when delivery truck driver, Gage Simmons, shows up at her door—crooked grin and all—she can’t help making sure he has a reason to return…even if it means ordering her supplies one at a time.

In Melissa Tagg’s A Maple Valley Romance: After years of mistakes and regret, coffee shop owner Megan Harrow has finally built a new life for herself and her daughter in quirky, but charming Maple Valley. But she’s not ready for the sparks that fly when she meets local nonprofit owner Eric Hampton . . . or for the sudden reappearance of an unwelcome face from her past.

In Courtney Walsh’s A Sweethaven Romance: Eleanor Waverly is practically Sweethaven royalty, but her comfortable, cushy world is turned upside-down when she discovers an old map hidden in the bottom of a 125-year-old time capsule. Her only hope of uncovering the truth lies with local firefighter (and Waverly rival) Jason Holloway, and with his piercing eyes and troubled past, it’s clear from the start it’s not only her way of life that’s on the line, it’s her heart.

**This is a book from my own collection. I am not being compensated for this review.**

This is one of those novella collections that I would say is just about the cutest set of three stories I have read. In many ways, these stories remind me of the kind of light-hearted Rom-Com’s you’d find on the Hallmark Channel or ABC Family. They are sugary sweet, filled with happy endings, and stories that allow you an easy escape without too much depth. It was just an overall lighthearted series.

I loved the premise of Deborah Raney’s novel. Girl is attracted to the guy delivering her packages. This story had some truly funny moments in it. While I enjoyed it, this one wasn’t my favorite. Somehow, the characters just didn’t feel as authentic to me and I think that hindered my overall perception of it. But despite that, this one had a lot of promising things going for it.

Melissa Tagg’s was probably my ultimate favorite in this story. She’s the author in this collection that I’ve read before and with the novella set in Maple Valley (same locale as her Walker Family series) it just felt familiar. And perhaps because of that, I felt welcomed right in to these character’s lives. But seriously, for such a small story, this one packed a lot in depth with these characters. This is probably one of the most well-written novellas I’ve come across.

And finally, Courtney Walsh’s novella. This one came across as the most Hallmark-y of the bunch, and honestly I loved it for it. While the plot didn’t feel overly deep, the characters were and the lessons of the story were. And the story itself felt fresh. A bit modern-day Romeo and Juliet in a way that you don’t typically see.

Seriously though, this is a collection worth picking up. I thought it was fun and each story read quick. Even though I’m only giving it 4 stars, this is probably one of the better novella collections I’ve read over the past year or so.

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