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Painting the Moon by Traci Borum
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it was amazing

Painting the Moon (Chilton Crosse Book 1) is by Traci Borum. It is an excellent book and is a delightful read. It is one that can be read in one sitting or you can draw it out into multiple readings and relish each one. It deals with relationships and dealing with those that go wrong. Second chances are addressed as well as family betrayal. It is a romance and a mystery at the same time. It is also the story of friendships that last over years even when you don’t see each other.
Noelle Cooke is trying to be happy with her San Diego job and home; but it is hard with her boss. So she is looking for another job and even has an interview set up. Then she received notification that her Aunt Joy, an English artist, has died and she is needed to sign papers and decide what to do with Aunt Joy’s home in the Cotswolds. Noelle hasn’t seen or heard from her aunt in a long time. She knew something happened in the town’s art gallery and Aunt Joy went into seclusion. Noelle tried again and again to get her aunt to write her; but Aunt Joy didn’t. Now it was too late. Now it occurred to Noelle that she should have flown over and confronted her aunt. Now she was back at her Aunt Joy’s cottage where things looked the same but were not the same. Aunt Joy was not there nor was her grandmother.
Noelle had spent summers with her Grandmother and her Grandmother’s sister Aunt Joy. Her own mother was too self-centered to keep her over the summers. Her father’s new family didn’t want her either, so Grandmother and Aunt Joy came to the rescue. Those were wonderful memories- Sand, sea, and her best friends Jill and Adam. As her memories came back, she began to wonder where Jill and Adam were. It turns out they were an hour or so away in London. Jill was over the moon excited to hear from Noelle and wanted her to come to London immediately to meet Jill’s husband Gareth. When Noelle arrived, Jill had a surprise for her. Adam was invited to dinner too and was thrilled to see both of them. Can their friendship be renewed that fast? Was it real?
What was Noelle to do with Aunt Joy’s things? What had Aunt Joy been doing all those years? No one seemed to know and no one knew what caused Aunt Joy to go into seclusion. Maybe Noelle can find out? What was behind the locked door in the cottage?
It is a fascinating novel.
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