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Thirsty Thursdays (Hobbs Book 4) Kindle Edition
Architect Samantha McKinnon has recently moved to Maine to start a renovation business. Liz recommends Sam to do a bathroom remodel for the most hated woman in town, Olivia Enright—a super-rich, retired hedge fund manager whose outspoken, right-wing views have alienated everyone, especially police chief, Brenda Harrison. Meanwhile, Brenda’s budding relationship with her biracial girlfriend, Cherie Bois, is on rocky ground after the high-profile death of a black man at the hands of the police.
The pandemic has taken an economic toll on the town. Liz is keeping Hobbs Family Practice going with her own money because people are afraid to go to the doctor. Donations to St. Margaret’s have plummeted, and Reverend Lucy Bartlett wonders how they’ll pay the parish salaries and maintain the church. An impulsive kiss shakes up friendships and relationships. Meanwhile, pretentious, overbearing Olivia is pursuing Sam and trying to find her way into the tight-knit group. Will the down-to-earth, independent women of Hobbs accept an outsider who’s so different?
- ASIN : B08L73DK6Y
- Publisher : Purple Hand Press (October 20, 2020)
- Publication date : October 20, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1522 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #352,770 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The three predominant couples of the previous books (sometimes a fourth when the men tag along) continue to thrive in this fourth book of the series that takes place as the heavy cloud of the pandemic begins to lift. The two new characters who are introduced, Sam McKinnon and Olivia Enright, will add their own dynamics to the group. Particularly Olivia. With opposing political views and an abrasive demeanor, she makes a splash wherever she goes. But all of her negative traits might be covering up a painful past and some hidden truths she probably wishes would stay hidden. During the course of the book, we'll witness these buried secrets be dregged to the surface through the wise counseling of Mother Lucy, the level-headed advice of potential partner Sam McKinnon, and the generous spirit of Dr. Liz Stolz.
Liz will be faced with a decision that will have weighty consequences for those closest to her and we'll see Chief Brenda Harrison and her partner Cherie Bois struggle with hurdles to their newfound relationship. There's never a dull moment with the women of Hobbs!
We are introduced to two new characters, architect Sam McKinnon and retired hedge-fund manager Olivia Enright. Olivia hires Sam to remodel her bathroom and Sam is not exactly jumping for joy at the prospect of spending time with the most hated woman in town.
In the course of the book we see Olivia also cross paths with Liz (for financial reasons), Mother Lucy (for counseling reasons) and police chief Brenda (for work reasons) and with our reluctant Hobbs gang for social reasons (Thirsty Thursdays). It will bring a lot of emotions to the surface from all involved and Graf – being the master storyteller that she is – doesn’t drop the ball for a second.
Like the previous book, Covid-19 is part of the story line but never in an overly oppressive or dramatic way. I applaud the author for her realistic and level-headed portrayal of both this and the political aspect of this story. As we can expect from an ensemble cast, there is plenty of show time for Liz, Lucy, Maggie, Brenda, Cherry, Erica and the rest to keep the fans of this series entertained and perhaps even a bit scandalized. No spoilers!
For me, Olivia Enright was the star of this story. The more I got to know her, the brighter my torch for her shined. She has some hidden truth bombs in her past that will shock you. I highly recommend!
Themes: late summer in Hobbs, Corona pandemic continues, community, social distancing, a new woman in town who rubs everybody the wrong way, there is much hidden, money is tight, temptation rears its ugly head, cover art is mine ;-).
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This is a fabulous fourth book in the Hobbs series, and my favourite of the series so far. Bang up to date, with coronavirus still very much a part of daily lives, this story focuses on the women of Hobbs who meet at Dr Liz Stolz house for her ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ gatherings.
There was so much packed-in to this story, and whilst I won’t give away any specifics, it’s fair to say that Liz and her pals aren’t having an easy time of it. The social and economic impact of Covid-19 is just beginning to bite, a new resident rubs everyone up the wrong way and, for Liz, the boundaries of one particular friendship become dangerously blurred.
I’ve loved all the books in this series, but I found ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ by far the most emotive. Each of the threads in this story would be a book in itself for most authors, but Graf weaves them together to form a compelling tapestry of love, friendship, and community. Fabulous reading.