Book Review: Tess In Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Tess in BootsTitle: Tess in Boots
Author: Courtney Rice Gager
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Book Summary:

Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Anita's Review 2

Oh. My. How I loved Tess in Boots. It was a just right kind of read; not over the top, but enough awwwwe moments. My romantic heart was a happy camper reading this book.

I loved Tess. Loved. Her. Like so many of us (okay probably just me) she seemed to have it all together until she woke up to discover she was a mess. In this case, that turned out to be good. She decided to take a chance, some risks, and let go a bit. I think there are times to follow your head and times to follow your heart. I loved that Tess reminded us of that.

Then there’s Thatcher, ‘the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand’. Wow. Two leading characters I loved. Thatcher warms my heart. Even though he has his own issues, I love that he really sees Tess. The witty banter between the two is happy. The author drew me into Thatcher by making him a flawed but teachable character.

Finally, we have the boots. Good golly Molly what a fun addition they make (uh, you’re gonna have to read the book cause I’m not ruining that for you). Clever. That’s my take on them. (Sigh)

5 stars

Rating: 5 HUGE Stars

Content: Kisses

Source: ebook for review


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  1. Thanks for the review! I wasn’t aware of this publisher, and I’m glad to discover them (and Courtney Rice Gager!).

  2. I’ve not heard of this one, but I love those boots. Book sounds like a read for spring.