Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee. From the description I was intrigued by this story. Once I dove in I knew I was in for a wonderful ride with our main character who takes quite the journey of life. This author knows how to write emotions that need to be felt while reading. I was definitely on a bit of an emotional roller coaster and absolutely loved every minute of it. The characters just pulled me in and I didn’t want to leave. The storyline came alive right before my eyes and even the smallest of details was covered. The storyline had me hooked and it’s written well. I’m giving this story a five star review and highly recommend it. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this wonderful author!
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Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee
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Genre – Women’s Fiction / Romance
Page Count – 324 pages
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A glamour filled Hollywood life, turns sour for America’s Sweetheart. It’s 1977 and Natalie Hampton is already hanging on by her fingernails, when headlines expose cracks in the carefully crafted veneer of her life. Broken and bruised she flees the country; searching for a place to heal. In Rome, tucked away from prying eyes, she finds the strength to claw her way out of the deep end of depression.
Across an Italian Piazza, a gorgeous man with a wounded soul of his own catches her hearts’ attention. She’s on a journey to save herself, but is there room for love to find its way in?
If love is hard to find, Natalie soon realizes, it can be even harder to hold onto. When a lie takes on a life of its own, she finds herself in the fight of her life, where everything she holds dear is threatened.
Though set against the lush backdrops of Hollywood, Rome, and Carmel California, Natalie’s story is every woman’s story. A fight for self. A fight for love.
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From the time I was a little girl I’ve had stories swimming in my head. The beginning of my love affair with words.It’s the one constant in my life. Hairstyles come and go. Thank God. (Does anyone remember the dreaded Pixie Cut?) But the love of a pen sailing across the page is something of which I’ve never tired. It’s been said that writing is somewhere between torture and fun. Why do we tortured souls with ink-stained fingers do it, you ask? Because we have no choice. Words and phrases pile up in the dusty corners of our minds until there’s no room left for anything else. A story demands to be written, when it’s ready to be written. Kind of like having a baby. Once it starts pushing…there’s no holding back. My tag line is: Romance may be pretty but love stories are real.I chase them down with a passion, unwilling to settle for the tale that sits on the surface. Digging until I reveal the truth. Beneath the pretty layers we present to the world, we find relationships stripped of pretense. Stories of life and love and families. Standing in their raw vulnerability, we see our friends, our sisters,… ourselves. Barefaced, they are even more beautiful. Without a protective shield, we are able to recognize them for who they truly are. Deep down is where the real story lives, and that’s exactly where I want to be when I’m writing. Because love is messy. And glorious. I want to roll around in a story and fall in love. Want to come with me?
Running In Snow: A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent
This is my third book by this author and once again I loved it..I think my favorite part right now is that I read it when the holidays are approaching and it seriously helped me get into the spirit. Of the two short stories I think Noelle’s Promise was my favorite. It was a story full of alot of feelings and my heart went out to her all the way through. Although quite short and I would have loved a lot more it still felt like a full and complete story. I loved how patient Logan was throughout and his family was awesome!
I also enjoyed Eve’s Hope but did not connect to that quite as easily, that one felt a bit rushed and before I knew it I was done..I think I’d have loved that had there been more story involved. I did really like the fact that one story focussed on Christmas and the other New Years.
I read this in one sitting and can not wait for more from this author.
Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee
Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee was emotional, raw, realistic, and wow. I was hooked by Natalie’s story. He retelling of her life was heart warming and tearful. As I read, I felt like I was in the room with her. Herr emotions were palpable and its almost as if I felt them right a long with her. I was amazed with the authors ability to portray these feelings from the pages of this book. I easily got lost in her work. This book was way more than I expected when I first picked it up. I was very impressed. It had an easy storyline that was organized and smooth. It was also descriptive and the author made it easy to visualize each scene. It was by far one of my favorite reads.
Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee is an emotional and completely relatable story. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I have to say I was so impressed with the way she crafted this story. It is so easy to look at the typical Hollywood lifestyle and assume you know it all. However this book takes a look at the darker side to it and really takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.
It is so easy to connect with Natalie and empathise with that she is feeling. While she might be a star her feelings and her concerns are completely normal.
I was impressed with this boll from start to finish and it has definitely whet my appetite for more books by this author.
Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee is an emotive period piece set in 1977. This emotive story focuses on the life of Hollywood Star and America’s Sweetheart, Natalie Hampton. She has risen to the top of the Hollywood ladder, child actor to movie star. Everyone loved her- until they turned on her. The price of fame you say. Well this story gives us an in-depth look at the ‘price tag’. What seems perfect, glamorous, and enviable- may not be all it’s cracked up to be. When Natalie’s life turns upside down, she flees to Italy to regroup, and find/rediscover her ‘true’ self- and unexpectedly, romance blossoms. But will it be the lasting, forever kind of love?
Terri Lee knows just how to draw you in and keep you engaged. Adding drama and raw emotion to her story in just the right amounts to hold her readers attention right through to the end. This is the first book of hers that I have read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. I can honestly say she has won me over with this wonderful piece of women’s fiction- and I will definitely be following her work from here on out.
Terri Lee paints such rich and vibrant scenes. Bringing Hollywood, Italy, and Carmel to life. I was there with Natalie, experiencing all the sights and sounds- right alongside her.
Thank you, Terri Lee!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
The perfect novella to get you in the holiday spirit. This is a quick and easy read that you will want to finish without leaving your seat (and easily succeed). I love Regent’s way with words and her character development. This novella is a feast for the heart and soul. Simply delightful!
Running in Snow: A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent is a super quick and easy read. The book is made up of two short stories set around Christmas and the New Year. I enjoyed both of these stories, and they were well written, but I wanted them to be longer, so I could fully immerse myself in them and find out more about the characters, backstories, and background information.
Noelle has some really bad memories which centre around Christmas- so she decided a very long time ago that she would never celebrate the holiday ever again. But with boyfriend Logan now a huge part of her life- she has agreed to spend Christmas with him, AND his family. She is anxious about it all, especially when the festivities cause her memories and issues to bubble to the surface. Things come to a head and escape seems to be her only option. But she soon realises that she will continue to be stuck in the past and unable to embrace the future until she faces/deals with her past.
A sweet story and emotive story!
Eve has major issues with New Year’s Eve, as she considers it jinxed. The unluckiest night of the year for her. So, the best thing to do is batten down the hatches and stay home. But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Circumstances soon have her accepting an invitation to her neighbor’s party- which she expects will be a flop. But is it? Will this be the New Year’s Eve that surprises her- the one that changes everything- the one that she will definitely remember?
Well worth the read to find out.
Looking forward more from Ms. Regent!
Thank you, Ms. Regent!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Running In Snow – A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent comprises of two very, very short stories that are easy to read but both are heart wrenching to some degree. One is set around Christmas eve and the other New Years eve. They are we written but I would have liked to see them as longer stories.
Noelle does not do Christmas but when she falls in love she tries hard. After fleeing a party she realises that she needs to deal with her past before she can move forward.
Eve hates New Years eve, nothing ever goes right for her so a night in it is but when she answers her door it turns out that this may actually be a night to remember.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Running in Snow by Renee Regent is a collection of two Christmas novellas. If you like holiday romance the. I would say these are great books to read. They are short but sweet reads that are bound to get you in the festive mood.
I really enjoyed these books. I liked the fact that even though thy we were short it didn’t feel like the stories were lacking in anyway. The basis of them were great and I loved the main characters. Eve and Noelle were different to each other so it didn’t feel like a regurgitation of the same.
This was a great read and a brilliant way to kick start my festive reading.