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More Than We Bargained For

(Timber Falls #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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 LLC
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  • More Than We Bargained For by Fiona West
    More Than We Bargained For (Timber Falls #4)

    Release date: Jan 01, 2021
    The only romance in Starla's life comes from her beloved books--the town librarian's love story isn't exactly panning out, since she's in the middle o ...more

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    Jayasoorya K E
    Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, 2020
    Thanks to the author and netgalley for the eARC.
    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.
    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
    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)  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, various
    - Limited-time price of $0.99 -

    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 because of his
    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
    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
    Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Pretty Bibliophile
    Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Shay | Books Are Magic Too
    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
    Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    patrick Lorelli
    Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *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.
    Taylor McCabe
    Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Michelle Claypot_Reads
    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.
    Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Isabel Criado
    Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020
    More Than We Bargained For is a lovely romance about a mother of two going through a divorce and a man known as the hermit of the town, a doctor before his illness took his chance. As both navigate their own complicated lives full of little hiccups, they try not to daydream too much about their unequal chemistry. They each have too much going on already, and how can they enter a relationship when they already have too much on their own plate?

    Where can I start with this review. This is not what I
    Shaurya Verma
    More Than We Bargained For by Fiona West is a feel good romance novel for me. Starla Moore is a librarian, which is every booklover's dream and she is very devoted to her sincerely paying job and her two kids. Sawyer Devereaux is a handsome young man, diagonased with Multiple Sclerosis, who is apparently smitten with Starla but cannot find a way to voice out his affection. Turns out they eventually start hanging out with each other, brought together by the mutual love for books.

    The blurb was eno
    Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I stayed up late to finish this book. I really enjoyed getting to know the two main characters. Town librarian Starla has finally decided to divorce her cheating husband. He’s a car salesman and, apparently, fits the stereotype of car salesmen. Unfortunately, she indulged in one last goodbye with him. Now she has little money, two disgruntled children who don’t understand why their world has changed, and she’s expecting a third. She’s tired of being a subject of gossip in her small town.

    She ends
    Just Love books
    Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    “She’d gotten more than she’d bargained for, and she wouldn’t give it up for anything.”


    Starla has a lot going on right now with her divorce almost finalized and having to look for a new place for her and her kids to live the last thing she was expecting to find was love in the form of one handsome reclusive doctor Sawyer. Every week Thursday like clockwork Sawyer pops into her library the same day that a mystery books of new books is donated, not being one to like a mystery go unsolv
    I love when I try a new author that turns out to be a winner! Such was the case with this adorable book. Starla and Sawyer have both been knocked around a bit by life. Sawyer is dealing with serious health problems that made it impossible for him to continue doing the work he loves as a surgeon. Starla is in the middle of divorcing her cheating husband when she backslides in a weak moment on Valentine's Day and now finds herself with a third child on the way. She is still determined to go throug ...more
    Strangely Laura
    3 out of 5 stars for More Than We Bargained For. This is the fourth in the Timber Falls series, but you can also read them as standalone!!! Thank you, Netgalley for the ARC.

    I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. It didn't grab me and I wasn't super invested in the story.
    The main character, Starla, is a real bookworm (and a librarian), which was nice and very relatable. Sawyer (the love interest) is just adorable, a real southern sweetheart. One of the main characters has a chronic illness (I
    Thank you NetGalley, Tempest and Kite Publishing and Fiona West for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
    Ok first? This cover was so cute and fits perfectly with recent best selling contemporary romances! I've been loving the cover art lately!
    This was a quick read that sucked me in from the beginning. Fiona West writes easy to relate to main characters (except Charlie. Yuck!) that made putting the book down hard! I started this on in the morning and by the
    Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    More Than We Bargained For by Fiona West was just the read I needed. A lovely romance with heart. Sawyer has admired Starla from afar for a while. He has noticed that her marriage was not what it should be and found a way to make her happy without her knowing it was him. What librarian wouldn't LOVE finding a free box of books every week on the library doorstep that just happens to include her favorites. He also looks forward to visiting the library once a week and being able to talk to her. He ...more
    Stephanie Panach
    Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Reading a book by a new-to-you author can be such a goldilocks experience - some books are just right. This was definitely one of those books for me. It strongly reminded me of a Penny Reid book - so if you love Penny Reid - this is definitely a book you should check out.

    Starla is a soon to be divorced, star wars loving, librarian. She and her kids are living with a friend after she (and their 11 year old son) caught her husband cheating on her. She hasn't been happy in her marriage for years -
    Tesia Lewis
    Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-in-2020
    The Appalachian Bookworm

    content warnings: mentions of abortion and ableism, unplanned pregnancy, divorce, adultery, emotional manipulation


    More Than We Bargained For is the fourth installment in the Timber Falls series by Fiona West but the first book of the series that I’ve had the opportunity to read. Told from two different point-of-views, this novel follows Starla, mother of two (or, make that three), who is in the midst of a divorce from a cheating husband and Sawyer,
    Jessica Hawkins
    Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I absolutely love this book! It had pain and heartbreak but a deep unbridled love between people who were just meant for each other. This book had me grinning from ear to ear often and I think I knew this book was going to be a winner at the first mention of a “book fairy.” This book was just so great!

    It follows Sawyer Devereaux, the towns “forest hermit,” and the recently divorced but well know town librarian, Starla Moore. Although Sawyer and Starla have friendly connections, they’ve never int
    Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    *ARC kindly received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    This is the first book of Fiona West I read. I was very interested when I read the blurb and hoped I would enjoy it. And boy, did I enjoy it!

    Starla Moore, a librarian, had been dealt with bad luck after another that occurred more or less with regards to decisions she had made with her soon to be ex-husband. The few good things that come her way happen in the library where a book fairy would leave books every week and seeing a c
    Heather (bookswithclarkie)
    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 her swoon. But in the midst of a divorce, her only romance is the bookish kind. Worst of all, crashing with her bestie won't be an option soon, especially since her final fling with her husband had one very
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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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