Tuesday, October 27, 2020



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

Stella’s life is perfect and she and her boyfriend Paolo couldn’t be happier. Paolo proposes and Stella struggles with her answer. She questions why things can’t just remain the way they are. And then word comes that Paolo’s Visa will not be renewed and he must return to Italy. Paolo leaves for Italy and Stella accompanies him because not only is she in love with Paolo but she has never been to Italy. She has a wonderful connection with Paolo’s mother. I love how that relationship develops. 

As you’re pulled into the Italian countryside you feel as if you are part of the story. The bridge between the first book in this series is so great. It’s nice to see how Carmen is doing and the connection between this book makes it feel like it is a true continuation of the first book in the Blue Hills series. I highly suggest this book, plop down in your comfy chair and prepare to stay a while because you won’t be able to put it down once you begin. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more books by this author.  

I really like this author, I like the storylines she chooses to tell and I like her writing style especially her vivid descriptions of people and places.  I will definitely read more books written by this author.  Thank you Ellyn Oaksmith for another great story….well done and please keep them coming.



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author:  Ellyn Oaksmith

Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 26, 2020
Pages: 286 
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Indigo Bay may be Stella’s perfect home, but it has always been tinged with sadness. The waters of the lake, deepest blue and visible from every window, are a constant reminder of her biggest mistake—and the reason she has always promised never to let anyone into her heart. But everything changes when dark, handsome Paolo arrives in town.

As a whirlwind romance develops quickly into something deeper and stronger, Stella starts to wonder if maybe—just maybe—she might deserve some happiness after all. If Paolo has found something to love in her, can she learn to love—and forgive—herself?

But then Paolo asks her the biggest question of her life, and what should be a moment of joy turns into one of panic. She can’t marry Paolo while keeping her biggest secret from him. But if she tells him the truth, she is sure she’ll lose him forever.

Maybe true love is worth risking everything for. Is it time for Stella to leave her past behind—and make new promises?


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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