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Fresh Beginnings  (Beginnings #3) by [Blobel, Iris]
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Length: 164 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Reviewed by Michelle K. Pickett for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)

Fresh Beginnings by Iris Blobel is centered around Jared, an Australian man vacationing in the States. His vacation was meant to be a solo trip, but he ends up with three tag-alongs: Ivy, a hitchhiker, Mia, a sister of a friend, and Mia's boyfriend, Josh. Each person has their own reasons for taking the journey. During the various tourist stops the group visited during the day, and the camping done at night, Jared learns that the people he didn't want around to ruin his idea of a perfect vacation were actually the people he needed most at that point in his life. 

I enjoyed Fresh Beginnings a great deal. As I read, I thought I was going to get another boxed romance: guy meets girl. They fall in love and overcome seemingly impossible hurdles to be together. While that was the case to begin with, it was clear as I continued reading that wasn't all there was to Jared and Ivy's story. I liked sharing the journey with Jared and Ivy and hoped they'd sort out their relationship. Blobel's story will tug on even the most hardened of romantic's heartstrings.

Iris Blobel has crafted a beautiful love story without reverting to overly used, gimmicky story lines or explicit sex. I found myself alternating between smiling at the characters' joyful antics and love for life, to wishing I could hug them tight during the sad bits. Based on this work, I will definitely seek out and recommend Blobel's future work.

Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Clean Reads (August 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MF5C25O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jared's friends have all got someone to love, but Jared is still alone. He loves his work, but it's time for something else. That is why he travels to the United States where he plans to make a trip in a motor home by himself. At the beginning of his trip he meets Ivy, a hitchhiker who has just said goodbye to her alcoholic boyfriend and a life that wasn't going anywhere. He decides to give her a ride. She doesn't trust him at first, but soon they get along really well.

To make matters more complicated, Mia is supposed to accompany Jared on a large part of his trip because of a fight she had with her boyfriend Josh. Nobody asked Jared for permission, but he dutifully picks her up from the airport. To his surprise Josh is there too, but Mia is still not speaking to him. Jared's plans to travel alone are completely forgotten. The question is if he really minds or if he likes the company...

Fresh Beginnings is the third novella in the Beginnings series. The stories are fun to read. I recommend reading the first two parts before the third as it makes it much easier to understand the story. Ivy is the new character in this novella and I immediately liked her. She made a tough and brave decision and ended up being all alone. She's determined to make it on her own and that made her someone to admire. It was nice to read more about Jared and to find out some details about his life. Mia is seventeen in this story, it was really great to see her grow up. I loved this light and fun read as much as the first two novellas in the series.
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A holiday romance has the potential to be very alluring with the possibilities that open up and that element is very well captured here. A sense of adventure, embracing new ideas and letting go of inhibitions create magnetism between Ivy and Jared. At times the story drags slightly with a heavier emotional side yet, it still flows with ease. A lovely segment in the continuation the of this series.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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As an Australian-American raised in the United States, I was definitely curious about Iris Blobel’s Book, Fresh Beginnings.

Two things in particular sparked my interest. First, I was intrigued because the Australian characters are from Tasmania – a part of Australia I’ve never had a chance to visit even though my aunt and uncle lived there. Secondly, I was curious about the story because it was inspired by the author’s visit to the United States, and it’s always interesting to see how someone’s impressions of another country are expressed in literature, art, etc.

As it turns out, this was an easy, entertaining, delightful read. I found all of the characters to be authentic and related to all of them. Jared (the protagonist) has an easy-going nature and ability to roll with the punches when he encountered unexpected hiccups in his travels that I found especially realistic and endearing; and in that regard, he reminded me a bit of my Australian uncles and cousins.

Outside of California, I’ve never been to any of the places Jared and company visited, so that was a pleasant surprise, as well.

The story itself is well written, with just enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged, but not so many that the plot becomes too convoluted. As a result, the book should appeal to anyone who enjoys a nice romance.

The only small criticism I have is the repetitive use of some descriptive phrases, such as “choked back a laugh,” or “choked back a chuckle” and variations thereof. It was okay at first, but became a little bit tiresome by the end of the book.

All in all, this is a book I happily recommend for young-adult and “grown-up” readers.
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