Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum

Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer.

The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.

Author –Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels. Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”

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My Review –

I am a fan of Jane Austin and wasn’t sure if I would like Finding the Rainbow or Painting the Moon. Turns out, I loved both of the books. Traci Borum is a great writer and when she puts a pen to paper, she turns out a magnificent read.

Finding the Rainbow was a book that I could not put down. I loved all of the Jane Austen quotes throughout the book. I love the story and while I would love to tell you the ending, I won’t.

This is one of my favorite parts in the book –

The sincerity coated his voice even as it cracked, “I still miss your mother. It’s hard not to, when I see bits of her every day in the four of you. Holly, you have these little parentheses around our smile, like she did. Rosalee, you have a particular lilt in your laugh that sounds exactly like hers, the older you get. Bridge, you get your spunk from your mother – she could go toe-to-toe with me any day. And usually won. And Abbey, your sweetness comes from her. The way you respond to other people, your love for animals. Don’t you see? Your mother is right here. She’s left pieces of herself in all of you. How could that ever be replaced?

The setting of the book is a small town in England and the author’s descriptions provide the reader with a wonder backdrop to the story. The characters are fun and loving. The small town saga reminds me a little of the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Although it is not necessary to read one book before the other, you will want to know all of the characters as they co-exist in the same town.

Finding the Rainbow is everything you expect from a fan of Jane Austin. I hope you’ll read it.

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