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Ava's Place

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Sometimes starting over is the best way home

Most days, divorced mom Ava Olson is just trying to keep it all together. With three school-age children and only a part-time job at a local newspaper, she barely has time to juggle the small stuff, much less stand back and consider the big picture. Besides, dreaming about what-ifs is a dangerous habit, especially when her real c
Paperback, 281 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Dale Harcombe
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Ava Olson is divorced and has three young children and a part time job at the local newspaper. Romance is not on the agenda, as she struggles just to keep up with the day to day activities. But then she meets Ford who is divorced and also has a young daughter. His is part owner with his brother in a café and things seem to be going along well for Ava and Ford, until a new full time job in New Orleans and a certain amount of pigheadedness drive them apart. There is also a side story of an art sca ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it

Thank you to Net Galley, Emily Beck Cogburn and Kensington Publishing Corp for providing me with a digital copy for a fair and honest review.

I thought that this was written for women specifically. I usually enjoy contemporary fiction with realism written for both genders. This starts out with Ava who is the mother of three children and is already divorced. I am interested in knowing more about her marriage than just a sentence or two. Ava describes her marriage a
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Sweet book but the story just didn't grab me & felt no connection to characters
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ava’s Place by Emily Beck Cogburn is a modern-day romance story. Ava Olson is thirty-five years old and the mother of three children (James, Luke and Sadie). Ava is raising the children on her own since her divorce. Her ex-husband, Jared moved away to Chicago to take a post a newspaper. Ava works part-time at the Saint Jude Gazette in the entertainment section (not the type of writing she wishes to do). Ava has not dated since her divorce three years ago, but then she encounters Ford Dupree. For ...more
Susan Csoke
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ava Olson>>A divorced mother of three. She works part time at the local newspaper, where she is challenged by a younger, new editor. Then she meets Ford>>a restaurant owner, and new opportunities arise for Ava. A Lovely Heart Warming Page Turning Adventure!!!!! THANK YOU GOOD READS FIRST READS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!!
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Cogburn pens a sweet romance with a slight touch of mystery to keep readers intrigued. Ava is a well-drawn character whose motivations, joys and trials are realistically portrayed. One can feel for her struggles with single parenthood and working in the tumultuous print journalism industry. Ford isn't as well-depicted and his indecisiveness can be a bit frustrating. The relationship dilemmas are wrapped up a bit too quickly, but this is an enjoyable tale f
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a sweet quick read. Ava is a single mother to 3 children and Ford is a single dad in Saint Jude, Louisiana. Ford is short order cook at a café he owns with his brother. Ava does works part time on the local newspaper. She mostly types the calendar but occasionally writes articles. Ford and Ava meet at their daughters' preschool and are attracted to each other but there a few roadblocks before the inevitable happy ending. I like this author's writing style. I felt she conveyed ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ava is a divorced mom dealing with three school-age children and only a part-time job at a local newspaper; Ford is a café owner also divorced with a three year old daughter. Ava’s Place is a sweet, clean story of how these two meet, handle relationship and career problems and, eventually, find a way to make their dreams come true. It is humorous, romantic and a light, quick read. I received an advance reader’s edition from Goodreads.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was so boring; I used it to put me to sleep and it did not disappoint. The characters were flat and uninteresting and I just didn't care for it. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't.
Tim Butzen
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cogburn's characters are relatable. Their dialogue is often awkward, but that kept me on my feet and interested. A page turner at times, I felt really positive throughout the entire novel.
Sarah Simon
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I honestly didn't even finish this book. The first half was pretty good but as it went on it got to cheesy for me.
Loretta Sullivan
I won my book from Goodreads. Enjoyable read! Good for snowy day or lazy summer day read. Realistic characters and good story line.
Deanna Walker
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a really good book. I enjoyed it very much!
Kathleen Gray
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a pleasant light read of a woman finding herself combined with a romance. Yes, it's pretty predictable: you know somehow things will work out for Ford and Ava but at the same time, Cogburn does a good job of keeping some tension not only in the situations they face but also the relationship. I liked the local color of New Orleans and the fact that Ava worked in newspapers. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Try this one for a relaxing read- no one is annoying and ultimately there's a happy ...more
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Patricia Atkinson
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
got this book from my daughter and I loved it..ava olsen has 3 children and a dead end job at a newspaper.. she wants to report real news not put together calanders but she has no choice her husband a reporter left her when she was pregnant with her third child Sadie now 3..she runs into a single father of a 3 year old that goes to school with Sadie..his name is ford him and his brother own and run a diner called rosies.. ford asks her out on a date and they go roller skating.. everything seems ...more
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Emily Beck Cogburn is a freelance journalist and fitness instructor currently living in Louisiana. She has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, a masters degree in philosophy from Ohio State University, and a masters degree in library and information science from Louisiana State University. Her interests include cooking stinky food her children hate, yelling at ...more
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