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What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor?

(Belles of St. Clair #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  57 reviews
After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor cracks up. On her tenth self-help book, it seemed like a good idea at the time to reinvent herself––move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair––and take over the local bookstore.

But instead of discovering her spiritual Nirvana, she’s neck-deep in a floundering business, the locals treat her like a p
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Published November 12th 2018 by Entangled Publishing LLC (August)
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Oh, this book had everything.
A charming small town with a touching yet sensible BS policy (It does not mean bullshit, trust me), beautifully flawed characters and liberal tidbits of wisdom, thanks to our Dr.Penny Grove (I still vote for Just say NO!).

Witty, poignant, entertaining and will make you yearn for that sense of belongingness. Starting over has never been more fun!
Elizabeth Neal
Paige had her life planned out, or so she thought, until it all fell apart. Paige's way of coping? Self-help books, and the tenth made sense, the advice to start over seeming like what she needed to do. So, she leaves New York and moves to small town St. Clair and takes over a bookstore. All rational moves, right? Unfortunately, her fresh start isn't going so well. The business isn't exactly a gold mine, the locals act as if she's contagious, and her mom visits with no check out date in sight.

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Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? (Belles of St. Clair Book 1) by Amanda Ashby https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aXA
Publication Date: November 12, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4.5 Stars

I truly enjoyed this light contemporary romance. Not only were Paige and Luke relatable and likeable, the townspeople were a fun and eclectic group of people that pulled me into their world. I want to live in St. Clair. The story had no earthshattering events or hot and sexy s
Cocktails and Books
Not connecting with this one.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amanda Ashby Fans, Older Romance
3.5 More Than Starting Over Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
When women want to get that man out of their hair... the one who led them on and was a big fat was a cheater, they usually do something big... like cut their hair, redo their style or stop eating meat...

When Paige Taylor has that happen to her, she decides to do something more...something bigger. She leaves NYC and the publishing company she worked with, moves across the continent to the small town of St. Clair, Oregon and thinks buying a bo
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It gave me Gilmore Girls vibes, mainly because of the small town where everyone knows everyone and one of the main characters is named Luke and reminds me of the character with the same name from GG.

While it was not an original concept for a romance novel, it was really cute. I definitely recommend if you love small town/Hallmark-y romances!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
Christina Phillips
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, tender and utterly captivating, Amanda Ashby's What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? is guaranteed to give you all the feels! ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loves this book! Such sweet characters, a town that rivals Stars Hollow in its delightfulness, and as well as being sweet and romantic, it’s funny too!
Katie (insta: katie.reads.things)
#HappyPubDay to this gorgeous book! What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is about Paige Taylor, a book publisher from New York City. After discovering that her fiancé is cheating on her, Paige leaves her big city life behind and buys a bookstore in the small town of St. Clair, Oregon, population 2100 (now 2101). Despite the fact that her business is barely breaking even and the locals all treat her like a plague victim, Paige slowly starts finding her feet, with the help of Dr P ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It's such an adorable story with amazing characters and a small town setting. Paige's life is a mess. She is a people pleaser and needs to learn how to say 'no.' After a bad break-up, she really needs to start over. So she buys a bookshop in a small town and moves away. Everyone thinks that it is just a phase and she will get tired of small-town life soon enough. She doesn't agree. She likes it here. Finally, she has a few things in her life going well. She likes most of the people s ...more
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May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the “Belles of St. Clair” series is an utterly charming small-town romance. I thought that the set-up was a little slow, but once Paige opened the bookstore and started meeting the townspeople, it really took off. The town, like any small town, is filled with quirky characters; my favorites were Smith and Marlon (they reminded me of an old Carol Burnett sketch with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway). In fact, I wish there had been a little more of them. The romance between Luke and Paige ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of honest review. 'What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor?' by Amanda Ashby is a fun and light contemporary reading with a mix of romance and self-finding/helping journey. I think a lot of people can relate to Paige's character, where we want to just take off, leave everything behind and start over. It shows us that every decision has its own risk, even when it looks all sunshine and butterflies at the first glanc
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
This book is set in Oregon. There are lots of Australian words and slang throughout which left me slightly confused at first. But then I found out the author is Australian. I then just pretended the book wasn’t set in Oregon.

Cute plot with the self-help book everyone loves. The town is a little Gilmore Girls-y.

Appreciated these were older characters!
Kate McMurry
Fun romantic comedy

On the advice of a bestselling, self-help guru’s book, thirty-something Paige Taylor decides to make a man-free, fresh start far, far away after her well-ordered life in Manhattan is shattered by the trauma of a cheating, longtime boyfriend. However, in the midst of drowning in anger and sadness at her ex’s betrayal, she is not thinking too clearly. As a result, it seems like a good idea to her to plow all her savings, sight unseen, and without any kind of standard property in
What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is a light, fun, feel-good, romantic novel.

Paige Taylor is a self-help guru who has written many books on the topic until, while writing her 10th book, she decides to make radical changes to her life. A few of those changes include moving from New York to a tiny beach side town called St. Clair, Oregon. St. Clair is reminiscent of the town and characters in the show Gilmore Girls (which I love). As Paige faces her demons, will she regret her
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Paige and her determination to change her life.. This book was such a great story of new beginnings.
Judy Churchill
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely delightful book. It’s funny, poignant, sad and finally happy! Light happy read.
Jo Anne
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A quick and fun read of a boiler plate book. It's the same plot we've read time and time again--beautiful young woman gets cheated on by her rat fiancé, she runs away (usually to the opposite coast) and opens a book store. (Or bakery or some sort of crafting store.)
Gloriously handsome but broken hero comes into the picture. He gets a more interesting life--he can be a billionaire, a cowboy, pilot, writer, construction company owner (you get the idea) and his trouble is usually that he was once a
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is a slow burn sweet romance.
Meet Paige Taylor, she's a 36 year old woman and she's about to start over. Her friends call her crazy, but she's had enough of her cheating ex and now it's a new life, new town, new business and new everything.
Only nothing is lioke expected. The bookstore she bought unseen is a mess, the town that is now her home isn't very welcoming and her business is failing big time.
And there's the hottie. Luke Carmichael, si
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is a fabulously fun and entertaining read.

This is the book that will make you laugh, will make you cry and yearn for new beginning as you root for Paige to finally have it all.
After a horrible break up, Paige decides to buy a bookstore in a tiny coastal town and leave Manhattan.

But her new beginning starts off a bit shaky as she tries to make new friendships, save her business and keep her mother in check.
And she has found a perfect guy, but
Sounds like heaven to me, relocating and opening a bookstore. But it wasn’t an easy choice for Paige.
Paige has always been a “yes” girl, a pushover and pretty easy going. But after a disastrous relationship, she’s on a journey of self discovery, instead of “yes”, it’s going to be a “no” from Paige. And going to a small town to run a bookshop seems like an ideal solution, Paige intends to reinvent herself, and concentrate on her happiness and wellbeing.
Reading the book, was a lot of fun, so man
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has cursing including a couple of f-bombs, but no sex. If cursing will cause you to leave a bad review you should probably skip this story.

What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? is a really cute story from start to finish. I thought Paige was great – her ability to take care of her self and her determination to make her life right on her terms made me really like her from the start. Luke was a swoon-worthy single father who was dead sexy but flawed, just the kind of main male character
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, netgalley-arcs
I loved this book!

Paige Taylor needs a change in her life. Inspired by her favorite self-help book Just Say No, she moves from New York City to a small town in Oregon and takes over the local bookstore. There she meets Luke and his daughter Kira who become big parts of her new life.

Amanda Ashby has created a sweet small town filled with quirky and fun characters who care about and look out for each other. The story, of course, follows Paige and Luke's journey, but we get some glimpses into the l
Bette Hansen
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a truly entertaining fun read. Paige is a fantastic character and going on her journey for a fresh start in life was a wild crazy ride. She has a bookstore that is about to go under since the townspeople seem to want nothing to do with her. Adding to her craptastic life, her mother shows up unannounced and is showing no signs of leaving any time soon. Then there is Luke. The only one in town really talking to her. Well growling really. He seems to have more baggage than she does but the ...more
Tracie Simister
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor?
Series: Belles of St. Clair Book 1
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance, Small town Romance
Author: Amanda Ashby
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: November 12, 2018

I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from AuthorsPal and am choosing to leave a review.
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What I liked/Didn’t Like: This was definitely a feels good warm fuzzies romance. The authors writing made it e
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a cute book, a fun little distraction. The writing was okay, which is how I've found the writing in most books of this type. Lots of clichés. Lots of overused figures of speech. Cheesy at times. It felt very much like the writing of someone who was nowhere near the age of the protagonist and didn't even try to get into the age of a 36-year-old woman (I know this because I am a 36-year-old woman).
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story; the characters as they were when we first meet them, and how they all are at the end of this book.

Paige decides to start over, so she quits her job, buys a bookstore sight unseen, and move across the country. With her is her latest self help book, Just Say No.
The bookstore is a mess. A chaotic mess. Two of her store owner neighbors welcome her with wine and their own copies of Just Say No. Yet they also fill her in on how the previous owner let the maintenance slide. P
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable book! I can't wait to read more of the "Belles of St. Claire" books and see where the stories go!
After Paige's life implodes, she decides to chuck everything to move from Manhattan to small town Oregon, giving up a life as a publicist for an editor to become the owner of her own little bookstore. Her (mental and emotional) guide is the self-help guru, Dr. Penny Groves, author of Paige's favorite self-help book "Just Say No." I love how she "talks" and "listens" to Dr. Groves,
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Humor and romance—what could be better?

Paige Taylor runs from her disastrous relationship in New York all the way to a small coastal town in Oregon where she’s bought a bookstore. With her luck, is it any wonder the store is not as advertised when she bought it? She had no way of knowing that the previous owner sold a book or didn’t depending on whether she liked you or thought the book wasn’t too risqué (like romances). None of the books on the shelves were in logical order and some books were
Rachel Haff
Okay, I'll admit it. I picked this one up because of the cover. But I stayed because of well drawn characters and an engaging and entertaining relationship. It is very much a "lights out" romance, and the occasionally broadly drawn characters and plot points land it squarely in Romantic Comedy land. It is sweet, heartfelt, and has some beautiful messages about finding your own agency and learning to trust and open yourself to human connection. Plus, the heroine has an obsession with a Self-Help ...more
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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nomin

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