Monday, June 23, 2014
Suzie's love for the area and her attention to detail made the beautiful, rugged mountains an important character alongside Chloe and Ben. Reading SWEET MOUNTAIN MUSIC was a delightful getaway to crisp mountain air and the scent of evergreens.
But before I tell you what I liked most about this story, here's the blurb (the publisher's clever way to condense enough of the whole book down to a few sentences that they hope will entice you to to read it!)
Chloe Williston has two goals in life: to make her father proud, and to do it by making a name for herself as a journalist. It seems she has been waiting for years for the perfect opportunity...and when it arrives in her Washington State town in the form of a handsome naturalist in search of the legendary Great North American Ape, she isn't about to let him go off on an adventure without her.
Ben Kearny has to admit he's intrigued by the undauntable Miss Chloe Williston...until he learns she's a journalist. The last thing he needs is a reporter sticking her nose however pretty it may be in his expedition. He has to find the Sasquatch. It's his only chance at restoring his reputation, and he can't let anything, even Chloe, get in his way.
But as the expedition sets off with Chloe and her brother in tow, Ben find the obstacles stacked against him. He not only has to find the illusive beast, he also has to keep Chloe out of the trouble she seems determined to find...all while protecting his heart.
Okay, got that? Now, here's what I really loved about this story: Chloe.
Suzie has a way of making Chloe so identifiable. Few of us want to be Nellie Bly, but boy did I empathize with her desire to not let anything distract her from her goal. All those things zinging around in her head and heart came alive for me. Ben was worth the trouble and the whole story moved along nicely with a mix of adventure, romance, danger and charm.
I completely enjoyed Chloe and Ben's journey and hope if you haven't had a chance to read it, you will make a point to find it -