In the second e-novella in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances, two people determined to fulfill their own agendas come head to head—and find love in the process.
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee Bonnie Turkle is up Mud Creek without a paddle. When she gets permission from the state historical society to restore McBride’s Music Hall in Mud Creek, Kentucky, to its former glory, she thinks the community will welcome her with open arms. Instead, her plans interfere with a proposal to sell the property to a factory that would bring much-needed jobs to the town.
Even though Bonnie is trying to preserve mayor Will McBride’s family heritage, he is more concerned with the welfare of his people than memories of the past. Will finds her optimistic sentimentality extremely annoying—but that doesn’t stop him from kissing Bonnie senseless.
With an inspection deadline looming and local saboteurs ruining her restoration, Bonnie must find a way to compromise with Will to save McBride’s and the town…while hopefully winning a few more kisses in the process!
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Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi work together to make a light hearted telling of a down home story. I enjoy Harper's characters and their interaction with each other. Most characters are harmless and behave in a rather scatterbrained rather than intentionally mean way. The main character wants to rescue artifacts from a crumbling Music Hall but soon realizes there's more to save than a few photos and some sheet music.She runs into difficulties when the heir to the music hall actively works against her. I preferred "How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf" but the really nice thing about Harper's stories is that her characters are human and comically harmless.
This story seems to loosely tie to "My Bluegrass Baby" because the main character in both are working with the Tourism board, but each of her books have a unique story line and characters.
Ronconi has a very youthful voice and seems best presenting a young independent woman. She's a bit brassy which bothers my husband, but this kind of story isn't for him anyway. Harper's stories are definitely light romance.
Saving the Old Music Hall
Let me start by say I am a big Molly Harper fan and have read all her books. This book was disappointing on many levels. The story line was boring and Ms Harper had to add a lot of useless descriptions to help fill her pages. I can't say I found the characters all that interesting either and I really didn't care what happened to them. The plot was very predictable. In fact, I fast forwarded to the beginning of the last five chapters in the hope that it would get better. It never did. Sorry Molly. It had all the appearances of a book rushed ahead to please your publishera.
The story line was boring and very predictable.
Amanda did the best she could with the material she had.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked Bonnie and Will and enjoyed their story.
Bonnie works for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism traveling around the state working on projects. She's enjoyed this and the work she does but finds that she's wanting to get off the road. Her travelling doesn't give her much of a personal life (for friends or more) and she's asked her boss for an office position but at this point things don't look likely. Bonnie realizes that she'll really have to impress her boss to get a chance at what she wants. She's sent to Mud Creek, KY to pull all the items of historical value out of McBride’s Music Hall before it's demolished and she's hoping this might be the chance she needs to impress her boss. Unfortunately, things start going wrong as soon as she hits the town limits of Mud Creek, starting with her car catching on fire.
Will is the Mayor of Mud Creek and trying very hard to help his community. There isn't much work but he has the chance for a manufacturing plant to be built that will bring in much needed jobs (it's this plant construction that's bringing about the demolition of McBride’s Music Hall. Will is the grandson of the man that built McBride’s Music Hall but his memories of the place aren't great and he's more than willing to see it go if it'll bring much needed jobs to their town. He doesn't intend to let anything get in his way but he wasn't expecting the complications that show up when Bonnie comes to town.
When Will and Bonnie meet, her car is on fire and Will helps her save her belongings from her car before it's consumed. There's an attraction between them from the start and this complicates things when she finds out that he's the Mayor. Will's charming but Bonnie tries to keep things professional and doesn't give in to his charms easily. They strike up a friendship and work together well as she starts working on the Music Hall. Things start getting difficult when she finds that the music hall has true historical significance and she wants to preserve it as a museum. Knowing the city is counting on the plant being built, she plans to try to gain sponsors and funding to have the building moved to some nearby land and then restore it. Things go off the rail when Will finds out about the plan and (not really caring that she intends to move it and isn't trying to mess with the plant) acts out against Bonnie nastily, his actions tarnish her reputation, almost ruins her career and makes her hated in town.
Bonnie understands Will's freak out but his actions killed the progress she'd made and she has to start all over. She works on getting the museum funding for the building move and the renovations and despite very few people in town giving her the time of day, she goes out of her way to help the town out in other ways. Her and Will have a strained time and it's a while before they are talking again. They do straighten things out to an extent but the project is still an issue. Bonnie makes some bold moves and ends up being able to get the funding she needs for the move of the music hall and gets the plant being built back on track. Everyone is happy and things seem to be good with Will but then as the project come to a close Will starts pulling back. Bonnie gets her promotion and ends up going home to start her new job but misses Will. Fortunately, Will does pull his head out (of you know where) and goes after her. We end the story with a nice start to their HEA.
This was a pretty good story. I liked the Bonnie and Will and well as the secondary characters. To be honest it's a similar tone to the first book in the series so if you liked that one you'll probably like this one. I'd recommend it for someone looking for a light, humorous read.
Well the wonderfully quirky Kentucky Tourism Office has brought a wonderful spin on Kentucky, making me want to visit!!
Finding out the Lurline story brought tears to my eyes!
She brought the characters to life.
yes...very enjoyable story
The ONLY problem with this audio recording is that Amanda Ronconi has only one voice that she uses for all her main characters. Having just listened to "My Bluegrass Baby", I was utterly confused to hear the voice of Saddie now be Bonnie. The Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi books are great on their own...yet they appear to be the exact same character when Amanda reads them.
the story wasn't as interesting as her others. Amanda Ranconi was great as always. worth the listen, but not her best work.
Yes, because Molly Harper is one of the most entertaining authors around and her pairing with Amanda Ronconi is magic.
Not just one
Love her portrayal of all the characters
Love the narrator!
I have read Molly Harper's other books and loved them. Not sure what happened with this one.
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