The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown #Review

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

Series: #3 Cadillac TX
Published by Montlake Romance 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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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.
  • I always see her books around but never really tried them. I’ll keep her in mind next time, this book sounds hilarious!

    • Oh Good Lord, yes! I laugh at the small town eccentric folks’ antics and yet a part of me knows that this stuff really happens.

  • I like her books s I am sure I’d like these

  • Oo I’d not seen this one yet. Sounds good. I did love the one I read of hers earlier this year. Darn not having time to read them all. lol

    • It’s horrible to not have enough time to read all the ones that look good.

  • I really like the characters Brown introduces and her secondary characters are often hilarious.

    • Me, too. This one was loaded with funny situations and characters.

  • 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?

    • Yes, that’s exactly how these feel to read them.