Series: The Good Life #1
on August 8, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
A failed actress, twenty-something Julia McCarthy begins writing a fictionalized blog as a form of self-therapy. Based on her carefree summers at her grandparents' farm, she never expects her little experiment to garner a viral following, but it does. Boy, does it ever.
Now, with thousands of loyal blog followers, and a syndication deal with the Chicago Herald, Julia is approached by GreenTV to adapt her blog into a TV show. The producers see her as a "Rachel Ray on the Prairie-type". She sees herself as a fraud.
In Julia's fictional world, she's successful. She can pay her bills on time. Heck, she even has a fictional gorgeous husband and charming little boy. Ready to realize her dreams, Julia returns to her grandparents' farm to shoot the TV pilot.
Brad Taylor is definitely not her type: he’s rugged, sensible, and oh-so smug about learning that Julia’s blog is a farce. As the manager of her grandparent’s farm, Brad doesn’t have time to deal with whimsical women who don’t even know how to cook.
Julia can't allow her attraction to Brad to distract her, not when her dreams are about to come true. But are these truly her dreams, her good life?
I received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Julia is a fun and quick read. It contains family, romance, and rediscovering who you are and where you belong. I enjoyed reading this book, but felt a little rushed towards the end of it. However, I still think it was a good debut for author Sarah Krisch. I do wish there was a little more back story for Julia, like more about her parents and what happened with their relationship. I also wish there would have been a little more development for Julia and Brad’s relationship. I like that they were childhood friends and they reflected back on that a little, but their adult relationship moved extremely fast for me. I felt almost like it went from loathing to loving in no time at all. There is no denying the chemistry they shared though. One thing I really admired about Brad was his willingness to care for the McCarthy’s farm. He did everything he could to make it easier on the elderly couple and that is something to admire in a man.
As for the pilot and Ethan and Jamie, I felt like that whole aspect of the story was forgotten and pushed aside. I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction between Julia and her fake family, as well as the pilot being shot on the farm. With that being said, I like that we were suddenly back in Chicago and could see how unhappy Julia was and how she wanted to be back on the farm and with Brad. It was touching and showed true character development on her part.
Overall, I enjoyed this read and enjoyed the “good life” aspect of it. It was a good reminder to appreciate the little things in life. I am curious to see what book #2 has to offer!
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.