Tuesday, September 01, 2020



This is the first novel in the new series Blue Hills. I was so looking forward to diving into this book. It is an amazing story of love, family, and new beginnings. 

Set in Lake Chelan, Washington, this story whisks away to a place you’ve never been but have always wanted to go.  As the Alvarez sisters come together to save their family’s vineyard, you can’t help but feeling as if you are working in the vineyard right along side of them. As the stories of the sisters lives unravel, Carmen finds herself romantically interested in Evan Hollister, in spite of the fact that she doesn’t want to admit it.  

As you flip through the pages of this book, you can’t help but feeling as if you are part of this family.  The vivid description of the characters, the lake, and the vineyard, including the dialogue between them all, makes you feel like you are right there in the mix of it all. This is a real page turner that you can’t put down once you begin reading it. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to the next book in this series.  

This is the first book I’ve read by Ellyn Oaksmith.  I like her writing style and her vivid  descriptions of people and places.  I will definitely read more books written by this author.



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author:  Ellyn Oaksmith
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 13, 2020
Pages: 332 
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Carmen Alvarez is the reliable one. When her vulnerable father’s livelihood is threatened, she’s the person her sisters call. Abandoning her job in Seattle, Carmen races home to the family vineyard her dad built up from nothing to set things straight. But soon she’s fallen back in love with the dusty sage hills, the turquoise blue lake, the fragrant June orchards… Maybe she’s not just home for the summer?

Standing in the way of Carmen’s happiness is one very attractive obstacle: new neighbor Evan Hollister, who’s after her dad’s land. He’s arrogant, entitled and spoiled—everything Carmen hates—and she is all set to have a bit of fun driving him out of town so things can get back to normal. She isn’t ready for their relationship to get complicated…

But Evan is the least of Carmen’s worries. The business is falling apart and it starts to look like Carmen might lose much more than just her pride: employees have quit, the bank keeps calling and everything her father worked so hard for is slipping away. As she is pushed to breaking point, Carmen will learn that her true family are the people who will see her through the worst of times, and that love can be found in the most unlikely of places. 


Ellyn Oaksmith is the USA Today and Kindle bestselling author of addictively fun love stories. She has never run a winery, been attacked by drones or nearly drowned someone but she loves putting her characters in challenging situations. Ellyn also enjoys chatting with readers on social media. Especially when she should be writing. Ellyn began her writing life as a screenwriter in Los Angeles which, outside of writing hours, is exactly as crazy as it seems in the movies. After hightailing it back to her native Seattle, Ellyn began writing comedic romances and never looked back.

Ellyn lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s part of a competitive rowing team. You can often find her on Lake Sammamish rowing in the dark.

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