Tess in Boots
By Courtney Rice Gager
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Published: Dec. 2, 2014
Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.
Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.
Tess in Boots was a great book. It was light-hearted and fun, yet you could really sympathize with Tess who was re-evaluating her life. There were so many surprises or mysterious happenings going on that could mean different things depending on how you looked at them that it made things very difficult for her to figure things out. And they didn’t just affect her – they affected her brother too.
I liked that the putting on of the boots sort of symbolized opening herself up to the possibility of change in her life. Cutting her hair seemed to be her first step in taking charge of her own life instead of letting others always tell her what to do. It was fun to watch her character develop through the story.
As Tess gets to know the farmhand Thatcher better, she is charmed by his spontaneity and wittiness and begins to have feelings for him which brings on a whole new level of confusion for her regarding her boyfriend Logan. It was easy to sympathize with her regarding the anguish she felt over this situation.
I liked the pacing of this novel. It moved at a good pace, keeping the reader interested, anticipating the next event. Tess in Boots had a couple of good plot twists near the end of the book for a great ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed Tess in Boots. I gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. This was an excellent clean romance.
Thank you to the publishers who provided a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author:
Courtney Rice Gager first fell in love with reading as a child on summer vacations by the ocean. Today, she enjoys writing her own humorous and heartwarming stories that are best paired with plenty of sand and sunshine. Courtney is the author of The Buggy List. Her upcoming title, Tess in Boots, is contracted with Anaiah Press for release in December 2014. She lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and daughter.