Carpe Bead’em by Tonya Kappes
Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and setting her sights on her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.
That is, until she’s transferred back to her hometown.
Hallie is a woman with a plan, and when her boss Piper has her ‘shipped off’ to manage the Gucci store in her hometown, she can’t help but think that she’s trying to get rid of her! But life isn’t all it seems down south, especially after she discovers a talent that could change the course of her life forever.
Carpe Bead’em was a fun, fast read. The kind where you just keep needing to turn the page to find out what happens next. Comedy, romance, drama – it’s all there. You totally get behind Hallie’s character who’s life is punctuated by chaos and drama, be it at work, from family, friends or unrequited sexy running partners. In the midst of all this she finds some remanence of sanity in beading. I loved how the theme of beading ran through the book and how we were taken on this journey with her. I also enjoyed reading about Hallie and her BFFs (felt a little Sex & City, albeit Windy City). And how can you not cackle over the likes of Great Aunt Grace and the crazy 2am phone calls! Laugh out loud moment when 92 year old Aunt Grace steals a passer-by’s poodle because she’s hitting on her husband!