Jun 25, 2015

Australia Weekend: Fresh Beginnings by Iris Blobel

The small town of Hobart in Tasmania has witnessed many beginnings in recent years. At yet one more beginning, the wedding of a friend, Jared Fraser decides it’s time for some fresh beginnings to come his way… and he sets out for a holiday to the US to travel along the Route 66 in a motor home.

Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on holiday.

Then the arrival of family friend Mia Levesque and her boyfriend, Josh, turns Jared’s holidays upside-down when he’s forced to play arbitrator between the two teenagers.

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Jared's friends have all got someone to love, but Jared is still alone. He loves his work, but it's time for something else. That is why he travels to the United States where he plans to make a trip in a motor home by himself. At the beginning of his trip he meets Ivy, a hitchhiker who has just said goodbye to her alcoholic boyfriend and a life that wasn't going anywhere. He decides to give her a ride. She doesn't trust him at first, but soon they get along really well.

To make matters more complicated, Mia is supposed to accompany Jared on a large part of his trip because of a fight she had with her boyfriend Josh. Nobody asked Jared for permission, but he dutifully picks her up from the airport. To his surprise Josh is there too, but Mia is still not speaking to him. Jared's plans to travel alone are completely forgotten. The question is if he really minds or if he likes the company...

Fresh Beginnings is the third novella in the Beginnings series. The stories are fun to read. I recommend reading the first two parts before the third as it makes it much easier to understand the story. Ivy is the new character in this novella and I immediately liked her. She made a tough and brave decision and ended up being all alone. She's determined to make it on her own and that made her someone to admire. It was nice to read more about Jared and to find out some details about his life. Mia is seventeen in this story, it was really great to see her grow up. I loved this light and fun read as much as the first two novellas in the series. 

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