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- Publication Date: November 23, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N2LPJ9Z
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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"This is a beautiful book with an unexpected twist that takes the story from romance to mystery and back again. I've already started the 2nd book in the series!" - Mama O
"This beautiful book captured my attention and never let it go. I did not want it to end and so very much look forward to reading the next book." - Pris Shartle
"I enjoyed this new book cover to cover. I read it on my long flight home from Ireland and it helped the time fly by, I wish it had been longer so my whole flight could have been lost to this lovely novel about second chances and finding the truth. Written with wisdom and humor this novel shares the raw emotions a new divorce can leave behind." - J. Sorenson
"Tess Thompson is definitely one of my auto-buy authors! I love her writing style. Her characters are so real to life that you just can't put the book down once you start! Blue Midnight makes you believe in second chances. It makes you believe that everyone deserves an HEA. I loved the twists and turns in this book, the mystery and suspense, the family dynamics and the restoration of trust and security." - Angela MacIntyre
"Tess writes books with real characters in them, characters with flaws and baggage and gives them a second chance. (Real people, some remind me of myself and my girlfriends.) Then she cleverly and thoroughly develops those characters and makes you feel deeply for them. Characters are complex and multi-faceted, and the plot seems to unfold naturally, and never feels contrived." - K. Lescinsky
"I confess, ...I love reading Thompson's novels - she's such a great storyteller.
I won't tell you what the story is about, others have done that better than I could. But Thompson is such a good storyteller, and a good wordsmith, that she seems able to put the reader into the story in a way that many authors can't do. When I read a Thompson novel, there's a sense of being there, being somehow a spectator, in the story.
If you haven't read a Tess Thompson novel, then do so now. "Blue Midnight" is as good as her other novels, so whichever one you start, you can't go wrong." - Patrick E. Bates
"I replied to the posting of Blue Mountain - thinking that this would be a great weekend to wrap myself in Tess Thompson's pages. Indeed it was - a soothing journey much like her River Trilogy - I was swept into the valley of characters and beauty of Peregrine. Ms Thompson weaves the life of Blythe Heywood back to a place she had visited before and to a time before she took a different path. There must be a better word than amazing to describe how Ms Thompson can take the reader into the mind's eye of the lead character - she literally paints the scenery and characters with such skill the reader feels like she is waltzing through the book and healing of Blythe and her family. Go there - my only regret was when the book began to move into the final pages and I felt the visit to Ms Thompson's Northwest was drawing to a close. Another beautiful book, Ms Thompson - thank you for bringing me to Blue Mountain." - J. Heart
From the Author
Of all my books, the story of Blythe Heywood is probably the closest to my own story. Like Blythe I was divorced with two little girls and trying like heck to rebuild my life. I didn't make a trek to Idaho in search of a lost love, but I did start dating again after my divorce. I did buy new panties like Blythe. Yes, they were thongs.
In all seriousness, what I find strange about this book, looking back now, is that the happy ending I gave Blythe came to me in real life. Like the ultimate vision board, this book brought me a man very much like Kevan. I was single when I wrote this book, but six months after it was first released, I met the man of my dreams. I swear my work brought my greatest wish--a love of my own. My now husband is gentle and quiet, loves animals, encourages me to be myself and sees into my soul, just like Kevan does with Blythe. It's like my writing manifested him or something. I'm pretty sure he's real, though.
Like Blythe, I fell in love with Cliff in three days. It does happen!
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Everything after that is even more contrived.
Book #1: Blue Mountain Series
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Blythe Heywood is a broken woman. After more than fifteen years of marriage, her husband has left her for a younger woman and she hasn’t yet figured out how to once again live her life. Though her daughter’s bring her a great deal of joy, her new divorced reality sees to it the girls aren’t always with her. In those moments (and sometimes in the shower) Blythe breaks down and desperately tries to understand how she got to this new reality in the first place.
Finn Lanigan once offered Blythe a different life and a different path but she chose instead the path she thought would bring her safety and security, a life very unlike the one her mother provided when she and her younger sister, Bliss were children. When that life turned out to be her very undoing, Blythe, with a more than a bit of encouragement from Bliss decides to spend her three week “vacation” in Peregrine, Idaho looking for the path she didn’t take.
Peregrine, Idaho isn’t just a small town, it’s a microscopic town so finding shouldn’t be that hard to do. Asking questions in a small town makes the native’s restless and it doesn’t take long for Blythe to realize she has opened an old wound. According to the official report, three years ago Finn Lanigan died in a car wreck as he was leaving town with his sister-in-law. The Finn Blythe knew never would have tread on another man’s marriage so the only thing to do is keep asking questions and the place to start is the Lanigan property.
Kevan Lanigan has spent the last three years trying to deal with the fact that his wife was leaving town with his brother. With an angry teenage daughter and no explanations for her, Kevan is barely hanging on as it is. When Blythe walks into his life and begins asking questions about the day his world fell apart, Kevan is not just blown away by her presence but also by the questions she is asking. In just a few short days, Blythe and Kevan not only discover there is more to Finn’s story than (almost) everyone knows and they discover a beautiful attraction to one another.
The Bottom Line: Tess Thompson opens the Blue Mountain series with a touching love story wrapped in a little bit of mystery. Blythe and her girls are three instantly likeable characters, the town of Peregrine is so quirky and odd that it’s hard not to love, and Kevan Lanigan is every woman’s dream come true. Thompson brings together two characters in Blythe and Kevan who need to be healed, helped, and loved. Both have a hard past to overcome but with one another, they are certainly on the path to a HEA. Thompson really takes her time building her characters (especially Blythe) so once the story begins to pick up the pace at about the halfway mark, you are invested in the characters and want to know how their story is going to end. This is a slow burn kind of read with the pace and plot moving slowly and steadily toward the climactic end. The mystery of this read is just enough to balance out the romance and each (the mystery and the romance) informs the other. There is a whole host of secondary characters in this read, including Blythe’s sister Bliss, her two daughters, Kevan’s siblings, and his daughter who are not only interesting and entertaining but also proof that the series is meant to move forward for quite some time. Thompson has given herself ample material to work with and I for one am going to be signing myself up for more of the Blue Mountain series.
Top international reviews
Read during the UK heatwave 2018 when I could imagine the weather in America where the story is set. A good holiday read.
interesting, and the story held me in a grip as strong as Blythe herself . I liked the way there was a hint of mystery , a hint of menace, a hint of love and sorrow , all wrapped up in one perfect parcel !
See its rubbing off on me - definitely worth reading .
We follow Blythe being sorted out by her sister and heading for the town where she had met her lost love.
Many twists and turns later on finding he is dead and then falling for his brother.
Loved this book and well worth reading.
Hope she wrote some other books for me to read.
Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.