SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS
Bluegrass Series #3
by Molly Harper
e-book: Simon and Schuster /Pocket Star | 224 pages | ISBN 9781476705989 | September 2014
audio (Unabridged narrated by Amanda Ronconi duration: 6:07
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Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances: A love triangle of colleagues heats up the winter lodge where they get snowed in for a week.
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.
An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.
Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be? – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Snow-Falling-on-Bluegrass/Molly-Harper/9781476705989#sthash.I8YKISp3.dpuf
I’ve lived through one ice storm like the one that happens in this book. Let me tell you, while I didn’t have to go into Survivorman mode, it was no fun to g owithout power for ten days. And, hearing and seeing the trees around you explode as the ice froze them solid was the scariest thing I have ever lived through.
Having had that experience in a rural suburb was probably better than being stuck in a remote lodge at a state park, but I felt a lot of sympathy for the people on the office retreat from hell.
It had been a while since I read in this series so it took time for me to re-familiarize myself with the characters and their names. I don’t think they were all in the first book, but they were a good cross section of humanity; such as you might find in any office.
I think it is best read in the context of that series, and best read in order.
Kelsey’s relationship with the boyfriend she had recently gotten rid of was hard to believe — how could any woman put up with that? But, then, I realize that many women do put up with someone like Kelsey’s ex, Darryl. We all put up with something in our partners and friends but it can get to a point where it just isn’t worth it and still we stay on.
And, that is what makes Molly’s books such a pleasure to read: Her characters are normal people who have some fabulous quirk and abilities that when they dig deep for them, help them rise above these everyday situations. In this the people are just human but in her other series they are often supernaturals.
Kelsey kind of reminds me of a character from a sit com as well, where, of course it is about ordinary people being snarky.
That’s another great thing about this series, it is very snarky.
There was a little too much “Ooh, this hotel with out power is so spooky.” I just don;t think that would be a real thing.
But, there was some great irony as well, because they were on a strategy/team building retreat and end up in a situation where they really do have to be a team. I have always found team building to feel artificial but, here they get a real life natural disaster to figure out strengths and weaknesses and decide who to vote off the island.
As always, Molly inserts a bit of steamy action, and there’s a lot of comedy. This is another one of Molly’s amusing, feel-good books. I always enjoy reading anything from this writer’s desk!