"Emma Holland is almost finished with the renovation of The Brown Bear Lodge nestled just off the Pacific Coast 101 Highway in picturesque Justin Harbor, Oregon. Being a business owner in a small town isn’t easy, but Emma’s got more than enough determination—not to mention an excellent eye for interior design. There’s only one problem. One of her first guests of the season is someone she hoped she’d never see again.
As a famous landscape photographer, Connor Pearson has traveled far and wide following his dreams at the cost of losing his first love. Now, back in Justin Harbor, Connor is looking for more than just a place to stay. He’s looking for himself.
As Emma and Connor rediscover their lost friendship and seek to find common ground in the present, Connor feels the tug of his small town roots. Is it possible that a man who’s traveled the world could find his home where his dreams began? Can Emma come to terms with the fact that self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Will their bonds from the past weather the storms of the present?
As Easy as Riding a Bike will introduce you to the salty air and calming waters of Justin Harbor, the first novella in a series featuring small town women business owners."
Author: Bell Renshaw
Length: 116 pages
He was lost without home
She was lost without him
They found home in each other
Do you have that one author who you wish their stories would just KEEP going, or they would pump out books faster? Yeah, that's Bell for me. This lady is so talented!
This is her second book and I CANNOT wait for more to be published!
Her stories don't fell rushed, even with such a short length. Everything always lines up perfectly, while her stories stay sweet and so satisfying.
A few weeks back I shared the cover reveal for this delectable treat, and today...well I'm sharing my thoughts!
As soon as I laid my eyeballs on the words, I was transported to a small town in Oregon. I instantly fell in love with Justin Harbor and its people, and severely wish it was a REAL town. Anytime I read stories based in small fishing towns I think of "Murder She Wrote", and I have GREAT memories of that show. So when they are pulled off like this one was I just want everyone to love it as much a me.
I loved the characters of this book! Emma was such a hard working, independent woman. She knew what she wanted and she went after it. She was a homegrown gal, with roots that ran deep. She had the sweetest personality, with a bit of quirk.
Overall she was a fun character to get to know,
Connor, oh Connor...(man can this girl write a hero!)
A photographer with a thirst for adventure? YES PLEASE!
He was so lost, and needed to come home to find peace. He could have taken care of some situations better in my opinion, but then we wouldn't have had the spat we had towards the end. 😉😉 (You'll have to read the book to figure out what I'm talking about)
Even through it all he was so sweet & such a gentleman!
There was a great foundation for this couple before the book even started, since this does have a "best friend to boyfriend" troupe. (LOVE IT!) There was great tension, a falling out that needed to be fixed. Ugh all the aspects to a PERFECT Hallmark movie. 😍😝
This book is marketed as a "clean, sweet read", but it had some light faith elements running throughout the story.
I rated this a 4.5/5 stars. I really loved seeing a different side of Bell's descriptive abilities, as well as her imagination. Both of her stories have played out like Hallmark movies and it's. been. GRAND. She's drawn me in to a new town, and I cannot wait to dock at Justin Harbor again soon!
"You just has fish and chips. You're still hungry?"
He cracked open one eye. "Sweets fill a separate space in my stomach, you know that Emma."
"News flash. High school was a long time ago."
"Some things are better with age, like cheese, wine, and good looking men."
Emma burst out laughing. "Maggie!"
"Come see me if you need me to talk you into anything."
Emma could hear the smile in Maggie's words. "I will. Now go bake something--unless you're changing careers to counseling."
"Nah, I do better with pies than people."
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review* *All opinions are my own*