Snow Falling on Bluegrass

Molly Harper
Snow Falling on Bluegrass
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Pocket Star
Release Date
September 2014
Book 3 of Bluegrass
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance

Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook in Molly Harper's Bluegrass series of contemporary romances: A love triangle of colleagues heats up the winter lodge where they get snowed in for a week.

Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn't mind being stuck inside if it wasn't for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office's statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge's only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey's mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can't help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone's love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Feb 04, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
119 people found the following review helpful
4 "Being Snowed In Brings Love To Light" Stars for both the story and the narration!

This was a fun, snarky, somewhat crazy co-workers' love story. Who knew working for the Kentucky State Tourism Commission could be so much fun! Add in a rather narcissistic ex, a meddlesome mother and some Facebook posts that lead to an ill-timed misunderstanding and you have a recipe for a delightful listen. Amanda Ronconi's narration further rounds out this audiobook with an authentic Southern twang to her delivery that will leave you believing you've actually traveled to Kentucky.

Although this is the third book in Molly Harper's Bluegrass series of contemporary romances, it can easily be read as a standalone, as the romance between the main couple, as well as a potential love triangle, is self-contained in this book. Once you've listened to this story, however, you will no doubt want to go back and explore some of the other love stories amongst this eclectic group of co-workers.

The Kentucky Tourism Commission employees are headed to their winter retreat to unwind and brainstorm new tourism initiatives. Unbeknownst to them, however, a huge winter storm causes their carefully crafted plans to be interrupted. While they made it to their destination, the snowstorm of the century takes out the electricity and causes all the roads to be closed, leaving them with no choice but to make do as best as they can manage in the lodge. Fortunately the lodge has enough supplies to keep them from being the next Donner Party, even if the resulting living is definitely on the Spartan side.

Amongst this chaos, secrets start to become revealed and potential crushes are hard to deny. In particular, Kelsey, the executive assistant to the office's boss, has harbored a crush on Charlie, the office's statistician, for quite some time, but his actions towards her are less than clear. Charlie, in turn, has his own reasons for his seemingly odd behavior. As if this weren't complicated enough, the lodge's ranger, Luke, is also making his attraction towards Kelsey known. Can a few days of weather imposed, forced communal living lead to a potential HEA?

Amanda Ronconi does a good job with the narration. She is able to create genuine male and female voices, and creates slightly nuanced intonations among the same-sex characters to allow for ease of listening without having to generally rely on dialogue tags. Additionally, Ms. Ronconi has great timing with the numerous humorous lines, thereby ensuring that they deliver their maximum comical punch.

My favorite voice is that of Kelsey's. Ms. Ronconi sounds like a natural Southerner, and expertly brings to life Kelsey's snarky, somewhat quirky, personality. Additionally, she is able to imbue her performance with just the right amount of angst, frustration and eventually confidence, which allows Kelsey's character to expertly bring closure to the persons who previously frustrated her efforts to achieve a HEA.

All in all, SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS is a well done audiobook which is sure to warm your heart and cause plentiful laughs. This was my first experience with Molly Harper's contemporary romances, and I will no doubt be looking for more of her works in the future.
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