Patterns of Change by Terri DuLong
ISBN: 9781601835529 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781601835512 (ebook)
ASIN: B00V3JWOH4 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Chloe Radcliffe was ready to shake the dust of Cedar Key off her feet and sink her toes into the warm sands of Ormond Beach with her soon-to-be husband. But when tragedy struck, she found herself alone, unraveled—and unsure where she belonged… A series of vivid dreams of a Victorian house with a beautiful fishpond convince Chloe to take a leap of faith and rent a condo in Ormond Beach. There, she makes fast friends with a group of knitters and the owner of a tea shop, who also happens to have a house nearly identical to the one in Chloe’s dreams—and she’s willing to rent her the property. Just as Chloe begins casting on her grand plans for the home, her tangled past comes back to haunt her—but her dreams and newfound friends just might point her toward the love she’s been missing all along…
Chloe Radcliffe is no stranger to making fresh starts in life. After being married for close to thirty years and then getting divorced she began a new life for herself in Cedar Key, Florida. She was ready to begin a new chapter in her life and relocate to Ormond Beach with her new partner Gabe until tragedy struck and he dies suddenly. Now that her aunt has died and her sister is contemplating relocating to France with her husband and daughter, Chloe must once again think about where to go and what to do in Patterns of Change by Terri DuLong.
Chloe has had to make a lot of changes in her life over the past few years due to divorce and death. Now that the business she works for on a part-time basis is about to close, it might be the right time to begin again somewhere new, and that somewhere new is Ormond Beach, a few hours away from Cedar Key. Before Chloe sets off to explore Ormond Beach, she has a vivid dream about a beautiful house and a koi pond. Imagine her surprise when she arrives in Ormond Beach and finds the house of her dreams. The surprises keep coming when she meets the owner of the house, Mavis Anne Overby, and her niece, Yarrow Overby. Before she knows it, Chloe is set to go into business with Mavis Anne and is moving into her dream house. She’s even met a man, not to mention developed a phone friendship with the owner of the condo she initially rented in Ormond Beach. Just when she thinks things are too good to be true, Chloe is forced to confront a secret from her past. Will she be able to overcome her feelings of anger and fear or will she continue to allow the past to dictate her future?
Patterns of Change is a fast-paced read about friendship and new beginnings and the first book in the new Ormond Beach series (looking forward to the next book in this series). I found this to be an enjoyable read and was pleased to get reacquainted with so many familiar characters from the Cedar Key series by Ms. DuLong (Spinning Forward, Casting About, Holiday Magic – A Cedar Key Christmas, Sunrise on Cedar Key, Postcards from Cedar Key, Secrets on Cedar Key, and Farewell to Cedar Key). Ms. DuLong has a gift for portraying women and their friendships, not to mention adding just a bit of spice with some romance. The following quote from Patterns of Change seems to sum up the knowledge of these female get-togethers and friendships best:
“Gatherings of women have been occurring since the beginning of time. Whether it was a sewing circle popular in the eighteen hundreds, a knitting group during the war years of the forties, a coffee klatch in the fifties and sixties–women had been drawing together to socialize and bond. It was universal and it didn’t matter where the location was. Women gravitated together to form connections.”
Chloe and her family and friends might only be characters on a page, but it is easy to feel, as a reader, that you’ve connected with them in some way. For those of you that knit, you’ll probably enjoy the free knitting pattern that Ms. DuLong includes with the story. I’m not a knitter, but even I was tempted by the knitting and yarn discussions in this book. If you enjoy reading feel-good stories, then you’ll want to read Patterns of Change. If you’ve read and enjoyed the Cedar Key series, then you’ll definitely want to grab a copy of Patterns of Change and read it.
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