When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England.
When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been and yearns for a future once thought lost. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.
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Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She's also an avid reader of women's fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she's written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.
Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater---must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it's the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to "look up, slow down, enjoy your life."
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For those of you over 30, ever felt like you have lived multiple lives, and felt a rip in the space time continuum when those past lives collided together? Has a trip down memory lane ever left you wondering “Am I really living and how disappointed would my younger self be with me now?” Sorry for the integration, but it is relevant to my review.
Traci Borum’s Painting The Moon takes us on a literary journey that will hit all too close to home for many of us. As adults, we need to stop weighing risks and just live. Noelle Cooke is forced to face her past lives and dreams when her aunt dies, and Noelle must travel around the world to deal with her inherited estate and the mysteries of unanswered questions that her aunt left behind. What seems as a simple legal transaction turns into a life altering self journey.
This is an adult fairytale, meaning very plausible - which I love! No fairy godmothers or mystical powers to grant our heroine a happy ever after. It’s just a profound self awareness, rare courage and bravo that can fulfill a little girls dreams and guide a grown woman to true happiness.
Overall, Borum delivers a story that will have us all reflecting on past experiences, evaluating our decisions, and questioning our futures in this well deserved 4.75 to 5 star story.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~