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Starting Over on Blackberry Lane

(Life in Icicle Falls #10)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  794 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Time for a Change—or Three! 

Stefanie Stahl has a husband with renovation ADD. He can't seem to finish anything he starts and her house is littered with his "projects." If he doesn't smarten up, she swears she's going to murder him and bury him under the pile of scrounged lumber in the backyard.  

Her friend Griffin James is suddenly single and thinking maybe she needs to se

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by MIRA
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Funny story, despite the fact that I have a ton of Sheila Roberts books laying around Starting Over on Blackberry Lane is my first read from this author.

It was interesting. It follows three women in Icicle Falls, and they all happen to live nearby and are really good friends.

Cass is a forty five year old baker who owns her own bakery and most recently her roof collapsed over her dining room table. She is divorced and has a few grown children, but she is feeling very lonely until Grant Master's s
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting Over On Blackberry Lane

Sheila Roberts

Received from Netgalley

STARTING OVER ON BLACKBERRY LANE is the tenth book in the Life In Icicle Falls series and I can honestly say this series just keeps getting better and better. Sheila Roberts has a way of pulling you in and never letting you go! She has a way of getting you emotionally invested in all of her characters, where you feel as if they are "real" people that you know. If you aren't a fan of series, don't worry. You could easily read th
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love my visits to Icicle Falls. A very well written book filled with emotion. A heartwarming romance story about second chances that will make you laugh and cry. I love the friendship bond between Griffin, Stef and Cass. I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end.
Angela Holland
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Since this is a Sheila Roberts book of course I loved it. I have not read one of her books yet that I have not loved. I liked how it had three story lines in one. We also got to see all of our old friends from Icicle Falls. It was fun watching Cass toy around by with the idea of having a man in her life. Steph's story line kind of reminded me of my own husband, so many projects but none done. Then there is Griffin who I completely understand what she is going through with the things her family h ...more
Clare O'Beara
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america-romance
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which sits very real-seeming people in very genuine situations and lets them get on with it. The location is the small town of Icicle Falls. Three ladies each have a busy life and their husbands or partners are equally busy, absent or else just don't get around to the DIY. One wife and mother is so fed up with her husband's perpetually unfinished projects that she encourages her pals to bid with her for the services of a handyman builder at a charity auction.

We l
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: con-rom
Perfectly titled, Starting Over on Blackberry Lane really did explore how three neighbors, women who were at different stages in their lives, navigated the changes they suddenly faced. Anger, joy, grief, and newfound love were just some of the emotions Sheila Roberts expertly wove into this tale of friendship and community.

I know I can always turn to the Life in Icicle Falls series for a dependably fun, heartwarming time. And I love how Sheila Roberts handles the realistic situations she puts he
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting Over on Blackberry Lane is by Sheila Roberts. It is a cute book about three ladies in Icicle Falls. Each one is facing some crisis in their lives and is tring to find a fix. In comes handyman Grant Masters. He retired from Master’s Construction and turned it over to his son, Ben. Grant then left for Mexico and a life of retirement and fishing. Now, however, he is bored and lonely so he returns to Icicle Falls and opens a handyman business. His daughter-in-law and son have his first job ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful story! Sheila Roberts has managed to put three different, but meshed story lines into this book. Each characters story has been given as much importance as the next. They are all tied together in that the three women pooled their resources to win a handyman for a day at an auction. It doesn't hurt any that the handyman is a dead ringer for George Clooney!
Each woman has her own struggles,weaknesses and strengths. They all share an inspiring friendship.
Ms. Roberts has outdone her
Jenn O'Brien
3.5 stars. It is a little sad to think this the next to the last of the books in the Icicle Falls series.

Every time a reader comes back to visit these characters. it is a welcome respite. There are no major surprises, you know exactly what kind of book you are going to get (especially if you have read the other books in this series.)

This is the book you keep in your bag and pick up whenever you are waiting in line - be it at the post office, you favorite coffee shop, waiting for the gas tank t
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I spent the whole day reading this book. It's the best Icicle book to date. ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the Icicle Falls series. As far as I'm concerned, Sheila Roberts can do no wrong with this series.
She is up there with Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr, as far as I'm concerned, and I think that's great recommendation.

If you want a series with recurring characters and is easy to read - this is for you.
Isha Coleman
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC Review: Starting Over On BlackBerry Lane (Life In Icicle Falls) by Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts has a style that's all her own. What originally drew me to her as an author is the intricate way she has of interweaving multiple players into one storyline. She allows readers to feel more like a family friend than an interloper. Simple stories told in a unique way that blend heart, life lessons and realistic scenarios to create a great escape into a heartwarming new world. Through the eyes of di
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am glad that I got to visit with the people of Icicle Falls. The three ladies featured in this story were great. Each one stood out on her own. Although, I must admit that my favorite of the three ladies was Cass. The way that she and Grant were checking each other out while trying to be unsuspecting was cute.

As far as Stefanie's story was concerned, it was the most emotional of the three. I could see both points of view when it came to Stefanie and her husband, Brad. Stefanie for being frust
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’ve kept up with Icicle Falls series you’ll enjoy seeing what the group of friends are up to. The thing I’ve enjoyed most about the series is the support felt by the women of all ages in the group. If you haven’t read any of the series you don’t have to worry – this book can stand alone.

Stef, Griffin and Cass are at the point where life needs to change. The thing is, how can they start that change? Stef will find out that there’s power in her words and how she chooses those words is very i
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
it's refreshing to read a love story where the couple is older and wiser. Where there are ex-spouses and adult children and 2 established homes. This series, Life in Icicle Falls is a wonderful small town and has an interesting population. It's great to visit with many of them again as this is book 10 in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this story but you'll want to. Cass Wilkes desperately needs help fixing her house. The roof needs replacing and what better way to ...more
Maureen Hubley
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely book in this series. One more left in the series on my to be read shelf.
This book was given me by a friend in a box of romances. I hadn't realized when I started it, that I'd also read another book by the same author, "On Strike for Christmas," some years ago. I preferred "On Strike for Christmas." It was so funny that it made it's rounds throughout our family, and even though it was supposed to be a women's book, my husband noticed us all laughing over it and enjoyed reading it himself.

I had a hard time getting into this book, "Starting Over..." at first. Probably
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting Over on Blackberry Lane is one of those books that captured my attention with the great characters and their intriguing story lines and kept the pages turning to see what was going to happen in each of their lives.

Cass Wilkes has an empty nest that is in need of some major repairs. The worst being the roof. She came home to find her dinning room ceiling on her Grandmother's table. So now not only does she need a new roof she needs her ceiling fixed and the mess cleaned up. It just so ha
I got Starting Over on Blackberry Lane by Sheila Roberts in the mail a little over a week ago. Unfortunately, I was away for the weekend and then welcomed a new grandbaby into the family on Monday, so, I did not really get to start the book until then or I’d have finished reading it a whole lot quicker! This book somewhat follows the format of the previous one in the series, Three Christmas Wishes (which came out in October) in that it contains the stories of three friends and at the same time, ...more
Danielle Urban
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting Over on Blackberry Lane by Sheila Roberts is an interesting women's fiction piece. I liked the sweet romance that was brewing. The three female friends each had their own issues. One dealing with her husband who starts but doesn't finish projects, another is feeling lonely, and the last one just got out of one relationship and may dive into another. The themes were friendship, love, and second chances.

Steph has a husband who does construction. The only issue is that he starts many proj
Jennifer Robb
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Jennifer by: A. Cramer and M. Hall
I was given this book by friends and have not read other books in the series. Even though this is book #10 in the series, I didn't feel too lost jumping in at this point, so the author did a good job of explaining who was who.

Icicle Falls seems like an idyllic town.

Stef has a husband who can't seem to complete house projects, Cass has a leaky roof, and Griffin wants to spruce up her home so she can sell it. Into this comes Grant Masters, a George Clooney lookalike, who starts up a handyman busin
Shelly Hammond
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Icicle Falls is the town to be in if you need house repairs! In this excellent installment in the Icicle Falls series houses are breaking and repairmen are being recruited, or bid on because that's how these things go in this quaint town! When three women all need different repairs done on their homes; Steph who's husband tries to be handy but instead decided to make one heck of a mess in her house that she wants fixed pronto by a real fixer upper (much to the husbands displeasure), Cass who pro ...more
Kate Vale
Three women--three issues. Stephanie's house needs renovation by someone other than her too-busy husband who's great at starting, but never quite finishes, such repairs. Griffin needs help fixing up the house she bought on the cheap because now she wants to move to NYC to pursue her dream now that she's dumped her fiance. Then there's Cass, whose roof caves in on her, forcing her to DO something and fast.

All three win a handyman whose good looks draw women like flies, even though Grant Masters v
3.5 stars. An easy read with mostly expected results, and a few windy paths to those endings that kept me engaged.

I’ve read other books in this series, and not in order, but it’s one of those series you don’t necessarily need to read in order to follow along.

At times I got lost in the details of all the different characters (familiar or not, there are a lot of names!), and some of the scene descriptions came off more forced than illustrative.

Also the whole thing about the girl at the river la
Amary Chapman
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romantic tale of second chances...if you're brave enough and new loves. Close friends deal with life changes together as a warm and loving support system
Divorced and suffering from empty nest syndrome, but pushing on, Cass' roof leak brings her a new love, an older widower, Grant Masters, who also finds love again.
Griffin realizes that her upcoming marriage is not because of a deep love, but habit and calls off the wedding. Sad and reviewing her life, she decides a big change is in order
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
four friends cass,griffin,charley and stef are friends that are there when you need them..when griffin decides at her bridal shower that she cannot marry steve after all. than charley s father in law comes to town to start a business called honey do all the single girls goes crazy and it doesn't help that he looks like George Clooney...stef needs him to finish a project her husband started and never finished..cass needs a new roof and griffin wants to fix her place up so she can sell al ...more
Patricia Atkinson
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
four friends that live in icicle falls. griffin cass stef charley....when cass comes home and her roof has fallen in she calls charley s husband to help fix it..he tells her she needs a new roof..stef is upset with her husband brad because he always starts projects and never finish his latest is to break a wall down...when griffin has a bridle shower she tells her friends she cant get married....when charleys father in law decides to come out of retirement and start a business called honey do ju ...more
Linda Smatzny
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has the stories of three women of Icicle Falls - Stefanie Stahl , a married woman who is upset with her husband who never finishes projects, Griffin James, a single woman who needs to update her house so she can sell it , and Cass Wilkes, the owner of Gingerbread Haus who is lonely but her house needs some things done to it. At a silent auction, the three women agree to bid together on the services of a handyman, Grant Masters. The book is about how Grant affects the lives of the three ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is what I expect from Roberts writing! This was a great romance, with a look at three different women and their romances and their fixer-uppers. I always enjoy the setting of Icicle Falls and this time, the characters really enhanced the story. Toward the end, I thought the attitude that Stef should have toward her husband was more "old-fashioned"/traditional than I hold, but it was irritating and I moved on. ...more
Terri Walsh
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always love returning to Icicle Falls. I love the characters there and I love the bond they share. I can always relate to one of them and this time it was Stefanie Stahl. I have a hubby who means well but is always working on something in our home. Although he does not tear the place apart, he sometimes leaves things unfinished.
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Sheila Roberts is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her books are best-sellers, and have been made into movies for the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her hubby or girlfriends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

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