Home at Summer’s End: Full Bloom Farm #3 by Alys Murray

Home at Summer’s End: Full Bloom Farm #3 by Alys Murray

Alys Murray returns to the blog with the third story from Full Bloom Farm, and this is Rose’s turn with  

Home at Summer’s End 

Rose is the eldest of the Anderson sisters plus one: with Annie, May and Harper: and the sisters have decided that now is the time for Rose to find her ‘happy ending”. She’s the calm and sorted one: working in a small floral shop in the tiny Hillsboro community, crafting perfumes for friends, and keeping her own council.  But Annie, in her often-misguided determination to match everyone she knows, has set her sights on Rose, and the movie that is coming to film in town offers her the perfect option.  

Cole was a star in a long-running television show but wanted to ‘change’ the trajectory of his career. Now he’s starring in a Rom Com film, and they happen to be filming in Hillsboro.  Add to that, Cole and Annie have developed a friendship, and with his own romantic life in tatters, he’s determined to woo his ex back, and Annie is determined to find Rose a ‘man’.  Despite both being determined to find their own path, the first ‘date’ with Cole and Rose leads to a ‘relationship of convenience’ – or is it? 

These two are so well suited, once they open up and deal with their issues: Roses’s of trust and relying on her own judgment after being catfished years ago.  Cole is determined that his ex is ‘for him’, but he’s never seen (or experienced) the sort of feelings he has for Rose.  Back and forth, with plenty of miscommunication and a surprising lack of meddling from Annie and Harper as they near the event that is May’s engagement party and Rose’s perceived NEED for a date, the story is full of family, heart and plenty of caged feelings from two people who are too afraid to take a chance, until they aren’t.  

Home at Summer’s End: Full Bloom Farm #3 by Alys Murray

Title: Home at Summer's End
Author: Alys Murray
Series: Full Bloom Farm #3
Also in this series: The Magnolia Sisters, Sweet Pea Summer, The Perfect Hideaway
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
ISBN: 978-1800190535
Published on: 15 October, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 266
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One Flame

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Rose Anderson is done with being known as “the nice one” in the small town in Northern California where she lives. She’s done with playing third, fifth, seventh wheel at loud gatherings on her family’s flower farm. And most of all, she is done with the pitying looks and well-meaning comments she gets about her single status from the way-too-interested townsfolk.

No one seems to care that she’s single by choice. That she actually enjoys going to bed early with a good book—love stories are always better in fiction anyway. Busy with her flower arranging business, Rose has no time for a man, thank you very much. So when news spreads that Hillsboro is being used to shoot an upcoming Hollywood movie, Rose gets an idea. One that will appease her family while keeping her heart safely intact…

Cole McKittrick is trying to keep calm. So what if he quit a steady TV gig for a shot at his dream, was dumped by his superstar girlfriend and—having just read the fifteenth script re-write—is now convinced this movie is going to be career-ending? It’s all about perspective. And when he meets the beautiful Rose Anderson, he can’t believe his luck. She’ll help him fix his lines, pose for a few shots to make his ex jealous, and all for the bargain price of a few fake dates.

But in a town like Hillsboro, the resident beauty queen and Hollywood’s hottest bachelor can’t expect a plan like this to work. And the more time they spend together under the scrutiny of their neighbors, the more blurred the lines become between what’s real and what’s fake.

But Cole has been hiding a big secret from his past. And when Rose finds out could it spell CUT for their picture-perfect romance, or will she realize that he has taken over not just her home, but her heart…?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Alys Murray

Alys Murray was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will always be a southern girl at heart. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she travels with her fiancé as much as she can and writes as many love stories as she can.

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