When the Stars Come Out
Cottonbloom. A beautiful, faraway place where a woman can escape her past—and find reason to stay forever in Laura Trentham's When the Stars Come Out. . .
Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known....more
When the Stars Come Out is another enjoyable addition to Laura Trentham’s Cottonbloom series.
Willa and Jackson were introduced to us in the last book, but Willa very much kept to herself as the only female mechanic at the Abbot brothers Garage. We find out why in this book, and also understand that Jackson Abbot isn’t as ambivalent towards her as much as he initially thought he was. I found his protectiveness towards her even though she was being less than ...more
Over the past couple of years Cottonbloom has become one of my favourite places to visit and and book 5 brings us Jackson and Willa—co-owner and employee of Abbott Brothers Garage, respectively.
You’ll never be the boss of me, Jackson Abbott.”
Whilst not my favourite of the series, When the Stars Come Out was still an enjoyable visit and there was nothing to dislike in either Jackson or Willa, it was simply a case that the story—in particular with regards to Willa—lacked the oomph tha ...more
WHEN THE STARS COME OUT by Laura Trentham is book #5 in the Cottonbloom series and can be read as a 'stand alone'.
Willa Brown, a mechanic at Abbot Brothers Garage and Restoration, has a secret crush on Jackson Abbot, whom she works with everyday repairing cars. The catch is - he is one of the four brothers that own Abbot Brothers Garage and Restoration and he sees her as a great mechanic, but does not notice her as a member of the opposite sex. What would she do i ...more
Country Aire trailer park wouldn’t get a magazine spread unless it was in Trailers and Trash, but she’d lived in far worse places.
With curly red hair and dark blue eyes, she crackled as if an electrical current gave her endless energy.
The Honda coughed like a lifelong smoker that needed an oxygen tank.
The only new clothes Willa splurged on were underwear. Apparently, the line she wouldn’t cross in the name of poverty was buying used panties.
Everything the man did was ...more
Willa and Jackson have been working side by side at the Abbott family garage but they've both kept things friendly, professional and strictly platonic. I love the friends to lovers trope and Jackson and Willa were both sweet and likable characters.
I finished this with a smile on my face and all around feel good vibe. It was sweet, funny, flirty and laid back. There w ...more
When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham is a beautifully written and heartwarming read.
The storyline is entertaining, the characters are likable, relatable and will bring out the feels watching them fall in love.
I really enjoyed Willa and Jackson together, they made me smile and they made me swoon. They had amazing chemistry and I have no doubt they were going to have a happy life together.
Overall, When the Stars Come Out is a lovely addition to the Cottonbloom series and while each boo ...more
Willa Brown was one character I loved analyzing. She was thi ...more
When the Stars Come Out is the fifth book in the Cottonbloom series and what drew me to this story was that the main character Willa was a mechanic. That is an unusual occupation for a female character to have and I was interested to see if she was a mechanic in name only in order to make the story different or if she truly played the part. I was glad to see that she was a character who knew her stuff and had a history with her profession as her father had been a mechanic a ...more
There is nothing better then reading a series that you love. That's how I feel about Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series. I just really enjoy them.
I will admit that even though I've loved the whole series I have a soft spot for the Abbott brothers. Not sure why, but for some reason the call to me. They each have such a complex relationship with each other.
Some of it is good, some of it not...
All the brothers stick ...more
Willa has been on the run for the last 5 years. It’s only the last two years that she felt safe enough to stay in one place longer than a few months.
It takes the possibility of Willa leaving for Jackson to suddenly realize she’s not just another grease monkey. I realiz ...more
I have a lot of love for Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series - it is wonderfully written and gives a great insight into Southern life. The first book in this second trilogy got me well and truly intrigued as to Willa's backstory and how things would progress between her and Jackson.
Needless to say, this book lived up to the expectation. I just wanted to give Willa a big hug for a lot of it and loved watching her and Jackson's relationship develop plus great set up for ...more
Willa has been on the run since she was eighteen years old, running from what was an idyllic childhood she soon found that life ...more
Cottonbloom #5, I'm so glad we didn't have to wait for Willa and Jackson's story for too long. I am so loving this series, this town, and these people. This second story arc with the Abbott brothers is just as good if not better than the first three books. In this story arc the Abbott brothers, Mack, Ford, Wyatt and Jackson, inherited their father's garage, a four way split that left Ford annoyed and keep threatening to sell his share of the garage. The other three just added on to th ...more
Laura Trentham is a new author to me. This is only the second book I’ve read of hers but I definitely see myself continuing to read more from her because I like her writing style.
I thought the chemistry between Jackson and Willa was perfe ...more
As the two begin to fall for each other, Willa's past makes it difficult for her to fully trust Jackson. It's when one of the brothers ...more
Willa and Jackson...whoohoo! The grumpy, serious twin...and Willa, the quiet, secretive mechanic.
Okay, first of all you should know that Willa has worked at this shop for two years and she's actively worked to fade into the wallpaper...to the point where when Jackson does finally notice her, he's floored at everything that he missed...and feeling more than a little guilty about it.
The thing that causes him to notice her...the idea that she might be leaving. See, Willa is on the run.. ...more
I was lucky enough to be able to read this book before it is released, and as a massive fan of the Cottonbloom series, I was desperate to read more about Willa and Jackson.
Reading the previous books, the reader is aware Willa is hiding something, and my heart broke for her as we discover the loneliness, fear and guilt she has being carrying over the last few years. Showing weakness, or asking for help isn't something she is willing to do. ...more
Not too bad. h has worked with the H for two years but he has never noticed her while she has always had a crush on him. Our heroine hides behind her work, and her clothes and hat. She is running from mistakes she made as a teenager and really kept her secrets for too long and the hero had to pry everything out of her, even his place in her life. Decent!
Jackson Abbott is a hardworking man who is trying to get a grasp of life after his father past away and one of his brothers got in trouble. The last thing that co ...more
In When the Stars Come Out, we learn more about Willa and Jackson. Willa is the only female mechanic at the Abbot Brothers' Garage in Cottonbloom.
I've liked Jackson since book #4 which is so far the only other Laura Trentham ARC I have read and reviewed, His twin Wyatt features a little here, as does Sutton M ...more
It is always great to go back to Cottonbloom, and When The Stars Come Out is another beautiful addition to this series.
If you have read the previous books, you will remember that Willa is hiding something - other than her crush on Jackson. She won't let anyone know what is going on though, she is strong and resilient and as a reader you can't help but adore her.
Jackson - sigh, what a wonderful, sexy, broody man he is. And persistent to when it comes ...more
I should mention up front that you can skip books 1-3 if you desire but I would grab book 4 & 5 (and I pre-ordered book 6) if you want to have all the needed background.
Jackson and Willa are one of the best matched couples I have read about in a long time, the fact that they have worked together for about 2 years and he just woke up to the fact that she IS a female was ...more
Willa Brown, our heroine, has worked at the Abbot garage for the two years she has been in Cottonbloom. Willa loves her job, as she grew up fixing cars, but she keeps secrets about her past life, knowing when anyone gets too close, she will run. Jackson Abbot and the rest of the Abbot boys think hig ...more
Jackson Abbott is the quiet, dependable Abbott brother who oversees the repair and restoration work in the family owned ...more
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