The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown #Review

The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown #Review
The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop

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Series: #3 Cadillac TX
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on July 14, 2015
Pages: 326
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Every time this author puts out a new series about another small Texas town I am giddily happy to visit. In this case, I had my first visit with the down home folk of Cadillac, Texas. This is actually the third book in the series, but was my first. I had no trouble jumping right in since the main participants were new characters.

The story begins when Stella, co-owner of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop along with her two child-hood best friends, Piper and Charlotte, discovers that her mama caused quite a stir in town when she put Stella’s name on the church prayer list and Stella ended up as the marquee prayer request on the church sign. Holy Moley! Everyone is talking and doing a little praying for Stella to find a husband because Nancy wants some grandbabies. Stella is infuriated with her mama, the spiteful cat who put her name on the sign and made a big deal out of this, and all the other busybody gossips. Stella watches as half the town speculates about her love life and the other half wonder at all Stella’s secrets. If only her mama knew what secrets she was keeping then that crazy situation would never have happened.

While Stella fights the chief busybodies of town and plots to bring the worst of them down, Piper and Charlotte have their own life issues making things interesting. Charlotte has to keep her mother in check over wedding preparations even while Charlotte starts to get cold feet. Piper, who swore off men after her cheating ex served her divorce papers, now has a new possibility vying for her attention even while her ex reappears in the picture. Life in Cadillac is never dull and it has its fair share of eccentrics.

I just love how this author can make me laugh, sigh, and ‘ah’ my way through a story. Her humor, wit, and wry way of gentle-paced down home storytelling are such a pleasure to settle in and appreciate from cover to cover. The richness of setting and characters, the light amusing plots, and yes, even the flirty and slightly spicy romances all blend together so well.

This book had a large cast of characters taking turns at the narrative. Stella is the most pronounced and things begin and end with her. I really liked the characters particularly Stella as they made their way through the story. Her life swirls with secret romance, friends and neighbors, town enemies, and supportive family. It was such fun to engage with her and her goings on. I found Agnes machinations to beat her town rival and Piper’s second chance at a romance equally enjoyable secondary plots.

All in all, this country-style small town contemporary romance/fiction story was just delicious and bubbling over with humor and spice. I would definitely recommend it and personally plan to go back and get the first two stories in the series.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. oh this book sounds amazing and so sweet and fun and boy I love those small texas town romances. I do love a balanced mix of spicy and sweet. Always makes for a entertaining read right?