Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book review/Audiobook review: Wind Chime Wedding by Sophie Moss

I’ve had this book on my to-read list ages before it was released. From the moment I finished reading Wind Chime Café (book one – read my review), I couldn’t wait to read the following book. Even though the two main characters (Becca and Colin) didn’t have big parts in the previous books, I was really curious to discover how they’d achieve their HEA.

But then life happened and with things overwhelming me, time passed me by and a list of ARCs I’d signed up for took priority. Until one lucky January day I entered a contest on Sophie’s page and won the audiobook—which totally made my day.

Just like it happened when the Kindle first came out, I didn’t trust audiobooks to be good enough. Just like I thought nothing could beat the feel and smell of a paperback, and then reckoned going on holiday bringing only one small e-reader with hundreds of books was easier than carrying a whole suitcase filled with paperbacks, I have to admit I truly enjoyed my first audiobook experience. Granted, the book itself was great and the narrator’s soft, clear and relaxing voice helped a lot, but listening to a beautiful story while lying in bed in the dark after a long day in front of a computer definitely won audiobooks some major brownie points. Especially if the story in question is by Sophie Moss! The only con I found was that I couldn't highlight the parts I loved the most—which I guess means that I'll have to listen to it every now and then as a reminder of the good parts I loved. 

In Wind Chime Wedding, the town is getting ready for Becca’s upcoming wedding to her high-school sweetheart, Tom, while Colin, a former SEAL and now injured veteran is working to get his project for veterans up and running in time for Becca’s wedding.

Even though they haven’t known each other for long, Becca and Colin both felt something the first time they met. But the timing was off: she was already engaged, he was recovering from his war injuries and trying to find his place back in the world after leaving the SEALs. 

Obviously, the path to their HEA isn't an easy one. There are complications coming from all fronts, including politics. The government is threatening to close Becca's school, and Colin offers to help but soon things snowball and they wonder if the obstacles on their way are too big to overcome. They only meant to be friends but little by little, they both realize there is something more behind those sparks that fly whenever they're together.
How will they ever get their HEA? You've got to read their story (or listen to it) to discover it. And, trust me, Sophie Moss won't disappoint you!  

There are authors who manage to keep readers glued to the pages (or their headphones, in this specific case) without the need of gritty details, graphic sex or bad-ass alpha heroes. As a fan of stories that rely more on emotions than on said details, I’m always left with a content smile on my face and a fuzzy, warm feeling in my chest whenever I come across one of these books.

Sophie Moss is one of those authors whose books do this to me. She doesn’t need lots of angst, violence or crude scenes to keep me turning page after page. She has the ability of weaving beautiful words to create emotion-filled stories that always manage to warm my heart.

Whereas in her previous series, The Seal Island Trilogy, she mixed romantic elements with a little bit of magic and edge-of-your-seat moments, the Wind Chime Café series revolves more about emotions but it is just as addicting as her previous trilogy. One book won’t be enough. Once you’ve discovered Heron Island and its residents, you will want to read more about them, to know their stories, to become privy to their secrets, to understand what makes them tick. After I finished book one, I couldn’t wait for book two to be released. Now that I’ve read (well, listened to) book two, I can’t wait for book three. And in the meantime, I will probably go back and read book one again. 

With Sophie’s realistic descriptions, heart-warming scenes and tear-jerking moments, you will feel like you’re being transported to Heron Island, among fictional characters who made me wish more than once they were real. If this small town and all its residents really existed, I wouldn’t think twice about packing up my life and moving there.

This is a beautifully written story, full of emotionally charged moments, powerful descriptions and a feel good vibe that will reach your heart from the start and never let go. I didn't think I would love another story as much as I loved book one, but the author managed to make me change my mind. I adored Colin and Becca's story as much as I did Will and Annie's. I hope the author will write many more books in this series because I truly love Heron Island and its residents. This is an ideal pick for lovers of small-town romance with emotions playing the most important part. The author doesn't need to resort to graphic sex scenes to make the reader feel the chemistry and love between the characters and I admire her for that. I enjoyed the story that much more because of it.

If you are looking for a small-town romance that will tug at your heartstrings and will stay with you long after you’ve finished it, look no further. Wind Chime Wedding is the book for you. 
And if you want to discover the world of audiobooks, don’t forget you can listen to this book for free if you sign up for a free trial at Audible.

Although this is book two, it works perfectly well as a standalone. However, in order to enjoy it that little bit more, I recommend you read (or listen to) Wind Chime Café first.


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