Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.
That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.
When she arrives in town, Hallie finds crazy Aunt Grace rummaging through a dumpster looking for the “perfect” welcome home gift for her niece. That’s just the beginning. After that, Aunt Grace stays busy by dying her stolen poodle’s hair pink and leaving the dog on her apartment roof to pee, throwing bricks out the window at passing neighbors, and climbing every flag pole to kiss the ornamental eagle.
Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading. When her talent is discovered by a major department store jewelry buyer, Hallie realizes that what she had in Chicago might not have been her dream life after all.
When faced with the choice of moving back to Chicago and Bo or taking a leap of faith to start her own jewelry company (with Aunt Grace in tow), Hallie has to make a decision. Will she let her past and her future collide, or will she or keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?
First Thoughts after……
Carpe Bead’em is a sweet feel good book that I didn’t want to end.
Hillarie is a store manager for Gucci in Chicago. She loves her job, Gucci and Bo……. Bo has no clue she has any feelings for him. They run together that is all. Then her regional manager ships her off to Cincinnati to start the boutique in Saks.
As if life couldn’t get much worse…… she has to face the past she disliked and a city she never intended to return to. Will the chance encounter with beading turn her life around?
How Distracted Did I Get?
Tonya delivers a great book again! Hillary goes through so much. Reminds me I don’t miss the single life. But it’s true to how things are in the dating world. Hillary is strong and sensitive the perfect blend for a heroine in a book! I literally laughed and cried! This is a perfect escape book. Just what I needed! No laundry done oh well, the kids can wear the same clothes 2 days in a row right? I give Carpe Bead’em………..