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More Than We Bargained For

(Timber Falls #4)

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Wanted: renter for rural Oregon mountain lodge. Single mom divorcees named Starla preferred.

Starla Moore despises a mystery, and there's no bigger mystery than Sawyer Devereaux. He comes into the library on Thursdays like clockwork, but rarely talks to anyone else. Not that she despises him; after all, he's easy on the eyes, quick-witted, and that Southern accent makes he
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Published November 9th 2020 by Tempest and Kite Publishing
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Shauni
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for sending an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.


This was a cute love story. I really enjoyed it, although I disagreed with several of the choices Starla made. But the ending was sweet and satisfying. I loved the Star Wars references.
Jayasoorya K E
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thanks to the author and netgalley for the eARC.
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I loved it, which came as a surprise as I didn't really like the beginning, as it felt little cliché. Didn't know anything but the author's name. I am so glad I found it, gave me everything I needed.
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Being recently divorced and a single mom, Starla is struggling to find a foot with her job as a librarian. Also she needs to move out of her friend's apartment where she is cramped with her two kids. Sawyer, living in recluse due to his chronic illnes
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Janet Newport
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley and Tempest and Kite Publishing for this arc.

A sweet, clean contemporary romance taking place in a small town. A slow burn story as both the main characters were a little shy with each other and a little lacking in self confidence. I still found them charming and relatable. An easy read for a rainy afternoon.
3.5 stars rated up.
Avani ✨
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
More Than We Bargained For by Fiona West is the fourth book in the Timer Falls series. We see two main characters Starla Moore and Sawyer Devereaux. The story is about finding yourself after a divorce, love and much more.

Starla Moore is a single mom and recently divorced. She is temporary staying with her friend but is looking for a new place to stay since her friend Ainsley is moving out. She works at a library and is usually late for work due to single handedly handling her two kids - Emily an
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A cute read, it’s always lovely to read about book addicts because obviously it’s relatable, but this was a joy to read, a great distraction, great characters, lovely story, not all light and fluffy, book 4 in a series but I read as a stand-alone and I wasn’t lost , definitely going to read the others now

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Fiona West
Oct 15, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
10.15.2020: This book is now on NetGalley as READ NOW! (Hint hint. Go read it now.) :) There's not much better than watching two shy people figuring out their dreams fall in love, and these two hold onto their denial as long as they can...also water fights. There are water fights. Enjoy, book buddies!

11.11.2020: It's out now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited for the ebook! Thanks so much to everyone who's shared what they thought about; as always, you give me a lot to think about as I work on the
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Olívia
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Tempest and Kite Publishing for providing me this arc via Netgalley! I loved everything about this - the cover, the title and the book itself. I have been craving a small town romance for a while, and this was perfect. I would have liked a little bit more of spice, but at the same time, I liked that the story wasn't overly sexual, as some romance novels. I don't even like children, but Starla's were absolutely adorable and reading about Sawyer's interactions with them absolu ...more
Michelle - Your Favorite Book Bag
“You belong with us,” she repeated more firmly. “On good days. On crap days. All the days.”

Starla is just trying to make it. Perpetually late. On the cusp of being a divorcee with two children, she is always taking care of everyone else and leaving herself as an afterthought.

Sawyer is simply trying to make it through each day. He’s given up his biggest dreams, not by choice - and he finds the smallest things he can in his life to spark moments of joy, and more importantly, what brings joy to St
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Lucinda
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute story!

First time I read the author, but I'm now looking forward to reading the rest of the the series. This is a standalone and I was able to pick it up without problems.

When the story starts, Starla is going through a divorce from a man who's never respected her. They have custody of the kids and she's staying with a friend but it's not ideal.

Sawyer has been coming to the library where she works and sending her books anonymously. When his health problems become worse and he can't d
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TheCleverBookWorm
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very well written, unique, and most of all a heartwarming story. First of all this is the first book that I’ve read from this Author Fiona West.

The book was written in the third person with dual point of view. The story took me by surprise, because I didn’t like the first few chapters of this book. But as I continue to read it, I started to like the main characters especially Starla. In the beginning she was a bit weak, but towards the end she remained strong, not a damsel in distress t
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Maria
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, various
FREE today (October 12, 2021) on Amazon.

Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
A cute, feel-good story, despite handling some serious issues, “More Than We Bargained For”, by Fiona West (Tempest and Kite Publishing), features a wounded beta hero adorably smitten with the heroine right from the beginning.
Sawyer’s secret crush is sweet, as is his personality: the honesty, the earnestness, the interactions with Starla’s children.
The perception that he could be unlovable becaus
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Anna Reads Here
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Single Parent, Small Town, Slow Burn

Review: From the minute I stumbled across the Timber Fall series by Fiona West, I have been heavily invested in the lives of these incredible people. And the fourth book brought me to tears! I loved Starla from the first mention of her and then when we got to see more of her in Kyle and Ainsley’s book, I knew that she was going to be my absolute favourite. Pair her with Sawyer and I was a goner. Gosh, this boo
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Christie
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: single-parent
The gorgeous cover and description intrigued me enough to request this on NetGalley, and there were some things I really enjoyed about this. I liked the set up of the plot, and the small town setting & wider cast of characters added a lot of charm to the story. This is part of a series but I had no issues reading as a standalone and it was easy to understand the characters and world building.

The disability/illness representation with Sawyer's MS was also great. It was clear it was well researche
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Cat
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read an advanced copy of this book!

This book was so heartwarming because of how it showed with normal people can have romance and happily ever after without their lives magically becoming picture perfect. Starla is a mom of two, with a third on the way in the middle of her divorce. Sawyer keeps to himself, with a mysterious past and worries about a chronic illness that keeps him from wanting to pursue relationships. There's some really cute
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Pretty Little Bibliophile
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
With perfect banter and writing, West’s fourth novel in the Timber Falls series, More Than We Bargained for, pulls you right in.
For a person who has recently found discovered a love for adult romances, More Than We Bargained For, was a welcome surprise. I loved the small town setting, the meddling neighbours, clingy ex, and the temperamental children! It was their loveliness (and annoying nature, at times), that truly made the difference and gave this book such a a heartwarming vibe.
Starla is a
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Alexandra
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC*
This was an adorable romance! If you like a closed-door slow burn romance, then this is the read for you. I appreciate that the author allowed both characters to remain their own persons and have their own individual passions/goals. The characters came together as a couple but still had their individuality. I especially love that we have librarian representation!
I really appreciate the idea of a book fairy and honestly, that was wonderful to show courtship. I
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Shay | Books Are Magic Too
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I LOVE Fiona West's titles in this series especially, each one just brings me a lot of joy!

Quick reads with a lot of heart, I was anxiously awaiting Starla's story, as she's had a bit of a rough time throughout the other books in the series & I just could not WAIT for her to get her own book! I mean how could I not have a special place in my heart for the town librarian?!

The perfect small town romance, I found Starla as a main character so different in a good way, and in ways that made her SO
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Jas
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It appears that I have found a new series to catch up on. I love it when that happens! This was a sweet, small town romance about two people who worry about the baggage they would bring into a relationship but who take care of each other selflessly even though they are afraid. Starla is coming out of a marriage with two kids, wounded feelings, and a husband who won’t believe that she has truly met her limit. Sawyer had his life upended and now tries to avoid his hovering family members and gain ...more
patrick Lorelli
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Starla Moore is dealing with divorcing her ex and her two children as well as the talk around town that she won’t go through the divorce. She also works at the library where once a week she receives a box of mysterious books. She is wondering where they come from. She also has a crush on Sawyer Devereaux, or maybe a fixation really.
Sawyer likes Starla and her two children but has a secret of his own. It is not until they each can help each other that it is revealed. He finally tells her what hi
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Fernanda Ceballos
This is the first book by Fiona West I read and just as the cover, it was extremly cute with a fair share of real worldness thrown in.

A story about two people going through rough pastches and united by their love of books, what more could you ask for?
The characters are really cute and the way they come together was everything. the thing that i like the most is the way they are real people with real problems that still have a happily ever after even if the pad ain't all happy smiles and pretty
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Mia
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
*𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘷𝘪𝘢 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸

I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was easy to follow along with characters were interesting.
This was quick read for me me, Starla and Sawyer are cute together, I really liked her kids and Sawyer got close.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who is looking for light contemporary book.
༄ nora
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Fiona West and I was pleasantly surprised. More Than We Bargained For follows Starla, a librarian who’s going through a divorce and trying to navigate her life with two kids, and Sawyer, who’s been secretly crushing on Starla for years. After he suffers from a seizure at the library, Starla is determined to help him out as a chauffeur and as a thanks, she and her kids get to live next
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Taylor McCabe
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
My kingdom for a romance in which everyone is emotionally mature! Like Fiona West's other Timber Falls books, this is soft and kind--it's not the type of book in which there will be a huge dramatic fallout over a misunderstanding, but rather one in which the tension comes from the protagonists' wanting or needing different things than from cheap drama.

In MORE THAN WE BARGAINED FOR, Starla is coming off a painful divorce with an ex-husband who thinks she's going to come back at any moment while
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Michelle Claypot_Reads
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the kind of book that puts a smile on your face. Small town romance with some serious subjects handled in a beautiful way. Starla and Sawyer were so cute together. I loved the sweet, slow burn feel of this book. I really enjoyed it.

I received an arc of this book.
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eARC received from Netgalley.

This was the first book I've read of the series, but you definitely do not need to read the other books to grasp this one. It explores themes of overcoming hardships, opening oneself up to new and terrifying experiences, complicated family dynamics, divorce, the lovely concepts of small towns coming together, and it's basically the softest comfort read for any romance book enthusiast or book lover. You can't help but fall for the two main characters, their love for e
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Z - literaryeffect
Such a cute small-town romance.

Starla is going through a divorce, taking care of her two kids, while working as a librarian in the town. She's doing her best but she is making plans to leave the town to escape the whispers from people regarding her past relationship.

Sawyer is the sweetest and softest hero. He is SO smitten by Starla right from the start (can't say if there was some development in the previous books already). He donates brand new books anonymously every week at the library Starla
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Sarah
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Books, small towns, and romance...what more could one want in a cozy romance? In “More Than We Bargained For,” readers follow Starla Moore, recent divorcee, librarian, and mother of two, in her quest to find her own way post-divorce and maybe fall in love. With obstacles (both financial and social) popping up, Starla Moore finds a friend and confidant in Sawyer Devereaux. When Starla and her kids move into the cabin near his, sparks begin to fly.

This book was so cozy and sweet! I really enjoyed
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débora
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for sending an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so sweet! When I first read the synopsis, I thought that maybe it wouldn't be my jam, since I usually only read YAs, but I decided to give it a try and I didn't regret it!

Starla Moore is a single mom and recently divorced. She is temporarily staying with her friend but is looking for a new place to stay since her friend Ainsley is moving out. She works at a library and is usually
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Melancholic Blithe ⚡
I was provided with an arc in exchange for an honest review. This hasn't affected my review whatsoever.

The first thing that you should know about me is that I am trash for small town romances, even though I don't really live in a small town and most of the times the plot of all small town books somehow look the same to me. But does that discourage me to read them and love them? NO.

First of all, I really liked the setting of the book. I can't begin to geek over how beautiful Timber Falls sounde
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Sarah
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arc
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Huh. I think this is the first romance I ever read that takes place at someone's 'mid-age' where she has two kids with another on the way and currently wrapping up her divorce to a man who simply CANNOT believe anyone would leave him no matter how despicable his actions. SURPIRSE, B*%#$ Ahem. Sorry. I've read plenty shallow ones (in comparison) about the after, but never to during.

Starla is a librarian in her small to
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Fiona West is an American author living in the Pacific Northwest. Writing romance is her favorite thing, followed closely by reading, knitting and drinking tea while looking out the window. When she’s not doing those things, she’s spending time with her husband and two kids. Her debut novel, The Ex-Princess, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named one of their Best Books of ...more

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