Review: Written in the Stars: A Cricket Creek Novel by LuAnn McLane


Written in the Stars: A Cricket Creek Novel by LuAnn McLane

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance


imageFrom the USA Today bestselling author of Walking on Sunshine comes a new novel set in Cricket Creek, Kentucky, starring a city girl who meets the man of her dreams in a least likely place—a sweet, small town nowhere near the big city…

No one is more shocked than Grace Gordon when her cosmetics line makes her a millionaire in need of new investments. Bailing out Mason Mayfield’s Cricket Creek craft brewery seems like the perfect solution. It doesn’t hurt that the sexy country boy makes her weak in the knees…

Sure, Mason is grateful to Grace for saving his brewery. But her upscale marketing plans for his down home business are driving him crazy. She needs a good man to reel her in, and he happily takes the job—especially since it’ll involve some time behind the brewery’s closed doors.

Unfortunately, Grace has never been good at staying in one place. And now that she’s thinking about leaving, Mason has to convince her to call Cricket Creek home—and admit their love was written in the stars…


I loved this light romance about a charming small town, the people who live there and mostly the people who stumble upon it. The whole story was just a feel good journey of not only Mason and Grace finding love and themselves but also the people around them. They joked that love was in the water and I began to wonder that myself. I smiled at the lighthearted humor and melted at the heartfelt romance while enjoying the community coming together for each other. I did get real frustrated with Grace toward the end but that was also a part of her story. Overall it made me happy and now I want to move to Cricket Creek but will have to be content with reading the next book in the series.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.



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imageLuAnn McLane writes southern bent romantic comedy for NAL and is currently penning her third novel in her Cricket Creek book series. Her books have appeared on best selling lists including Barnes and Noble, Rhapsody and Doubleday Book clubs. She recently collaborated with country superstar Wynonna Judd with the novel Restless Heart. She lives in Florence, Kentucky and when she isn’t writing… she enjoys family, friends, cooking, reading, music, travel and University of Kentucky basketball.

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Review: Christmas on Main Street by JoAnn Ross, Susan Donovan, LuAnn McLane, Alexis Morgan

Christmas on Main Street by JoAnn Ross, Susan Donovan, LuAnn McLane, Alexis Morgan
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars



‘Tis the season to fall in love in these four small towns.

In “Christmas in Shelter Bay,” New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross returns to Shelter Bay, where Kelli has long tried to keep her feelings for her friend Cole a secret. But when the local matchmakers conspire to send them to a secluded lakeside cabin, the two friends soon discover that a little love will keep them warm.

TV producer Nathaniel Ravelle knows the Bayberry Island mermaid legend is a joke— how could a statue grant a wish for true love? But when a Christmas Nor’easter lands him in close quarters with local Annie Parker, they see magic at work in matters of the heart in New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan’s “A Seaside Christmas.”

In LuAnn McLane’s “Mistletoe on Main Street,” Clint isn’t sure how to rekindle his romance with high school sweetheart Ava—until his father bows out of playing Santa at the annual Cricket Creek holiday parade and Clint gets the chance to make this Christmas one to remember.

And in Alexis Morgan’s “The Christmas Gift”, business is booming at Bridey Roke’s pastry shop. Everyone in town stops in to sample her holiday treats. But in her spare moments, she’s perfecting a special recipe to charm the handsome new neighbor—who has his own surprise gift for her come Christmas Eve!


Christmas in Shelter Bay by JoAnn Ross
A sweet little love story full of family and friends. It was so realistically written that I felt I already knew everyone in town, and like them, was happy with the warm romance just waiting to happen.

A Seaside Christmas by Susan Donovan
The first few pages had me chuckling and the smile stayed in place for the rest of the story. The author has a witty way of telling a story that could easily have gone “campy”. It was funny, sexy and very heartwarming. I am still smiling over the back story.

Mistletoe on Main Street by LuAnn McLane
This was a cute story of second chances. The romance was light and would appeal to those who like a tamer love story. It was a nice “happily ever after” and the author had a nice easy style that was fun to read.

The Christmas Gift by Alexis Morgan
I enjoyed this short story where Bridey helps Seth overcome his insecurities without even trying. That made this a warm lovely story with just the right touch of drama to spice things up.

Overall, these stories were heartwarming and fun to read. The small town closeness was well portrayed so that I felt a part of it all.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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