From the Woods by Charlotte Greene

From the Woods by Charlotte Greene begins with a group of friends taking their annual girls trip to a remote wooded forest that spans through Colorado and Wyoming for an epic hike. Their past vacations have always taken a turn for the worse and they are hoping this year will be an improvement. Enter foreshadowing!

Fiona our main character wants to bail on the trip, but she knows she can’t because her “bestie”, Jill is pretty much a bully and will force her hand to come along on the trip. You see for years, Fiona has had a crush on their mutual friend, Carol, but know Carol has married Sarah and will be bringing her wife along on the journey. So, all of this sounds like a really good time, yeah. Nope not a good time to be had, I promise.

So, our group of four heads to the woods and meet with expect hiking guide, Roz and her crew. Roz and her team will be taking this band of friends into the forest for their adventure. Pretty much from night one, all hell breaks loose.

At times this book is downright creepy, definitely spooky and at times erratic. While the premise was intriguing, the plot had holes in it that were never resolved, and the character development left a lot to be desired. Other than surface emotions and personality traits, I never felt like I knew these characters. I for the life of me could not figure out why Fiona, Jill, Carol, and Sarah were friends, especially friends that take yearly vacations together. Roz is cool but you never get to know her and her attraction to Fiona felt forced.

This mystery could have been so much better than it turned out to be. You are just left with so many questions? I get that this may be the start of the series but After I finished the book I had no idea where this one left me. If you want some creepiness and don’t mind the romance being thin this is the book for you.

2.75 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/from-the-woods-by-charlotte-greene-3352-b

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Pride and Porters by Charlotte Greene

Pride and Porters by Charlotte Greene is a modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The amiable, financially struggling brew master meets the ultra-rich ice-queen. It’s a dynamic that I love for the start.

This story is solely told from the perspective of Erin Bennett. Erin is the brewmaster and part owner of Bennet Sisters Brewing (BSB), a small, but well-respected brewery in western Colorado. BSB is turning out great beers but they need financial support to expand and keep up with the demand for their product. Erin keeps the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her business is seriously struggling, her relationship with the father is poor and the mounds of stress are only going to get bigger when Charlie Betters and Darcy Fitzwilliam walk into her life.

Darcy is, as you may have already guessed it, rude and snobbish. She immediately shoots her mouth off running down both Erin and her sister Jen. Therefore, Erin has a massive issue with the woman and wants zero to do with her. This aversion to Darcy is hard since Jen and Charlie begin dating. Darcy and Erin are forced to interact with each other both women she each other in a new light.

Overall the book is well written. It is an interesting story with great details and sets the scene perfectly. I could almost feel myself sitting in a taproom ordering a beer and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. My one issue and it’s a big one is I didn’t feel the connection between Erin and Darcy. They have constant missteps that cause issues between them. What you don’t feel is emotion. I needed more dialogue between the two leading ladies. You get a lot of what Erin is struggling with but none of that was what draws her to Darcy other that she is gorgeous. More than anything I wish these two had a conversation. Great dialogue is what can set a book apart from all the others. This one just needed some great conversations.

3 out of 5 Stars

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