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Kyle Hicks started with nothing. Now he’s a self-made man. And as luck would have it, his latest project as a real estate developer lands him in Cliffside Bay with his very best friends, The Dogs. At the end of his grueling work days, Kyle’s got just enough time left for his buddies and not much else. Except maybe another of his many no-strings-attached trysts with whatever sexy lady catches his eye.

Violet Ellis is struggling. She’s a single mother, the proprietor of a near-failing shop, and a champion for the historical integrity of her dear Cliffside Bay. She has enough to deal with between her three-year-old son and her languishing business, but she’s still prepared to take on real estate mogul Kyle Hicks to save the charm of the place she calls home.

When a twist of fate forces these two to put aside their differences and rely on one another, they just might find that sometimes the strongest love grows out of the hurts and the scars that we carry with us always.

The fourth installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you want to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.

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Fly Girl’s Review:

I’ve reviewed other books by Tess Thompson, but I didn’t like them near as much as this series.  The latest installment of her Cliffside Bay series is really emotional.  Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone.  If you’ve read the others, you’ll get updates on all your favorite characters in this one.  It is also a quick read.  Less than 4 hours.

I loved all the examples of good parenting, single parenting, and sudden parenting it gave.  She wrote very strong parent figures and gave examples of both good and bad.  Of course the good ones are Kyle and Violet.  I just loved how she showed what real parenting is like today with all the drama in families, the single parents and the blended families.

Her characters are both very wounded throughout the whole book, but seem to find solace and comfort from one another and their close knit group of friends.  They also learn from the examples their friends are setting which is refreshing to see.  For those that don’t have close knit families, but more of a not related close knit family this really hits home.  I also loved how Violet was willing to put her heart out there for the baby and to Kyle.

This one gets a 5 of 5 for such a sweet romance with lots of emotion that is real in today’s day and age of blended families.  It also shows the old adage that “it takes a village to raise a child.”  I can’t wait to see what the next installment has for us.  I’m a huge fan of the series.

5 of 5 Propellers


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Tess Thompson writes small-town romances and historical fiction. Her female protagonists are strong women who face challenges with courage and dignity. Her heroes are loyal, smart and funny, even if a bit misguided at times. While her stories are character driven, she weaves suspenseful plots that keep readers turning pages long into the night.

Her intention is to inspire readers on their journey toward their best life, just as her characters are on the way to theirs. Her stories celebrate friendships, community, motherhood, family, and how love can change the world. If you like happy endings that leave you with the glow of possibility, her books are for you.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess Thompson hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.

Her historical fiction novel, “Duet for Three Hands” won the first runner-up in the 2016 RONE awards. “Miller’s Secret”, her second historical, was released in 2017, as were the fourth and fifth River Valley Series books: Riversnow and Riverstorm. The sixth River Valley book will (hopefully) release in the latter part of 2018.

“Traded: Brody and Kara”, the first in her new contemporary, small town romance series, Cliffside Bay, released on February 15th, 2018. The second in the series, “Deleted: Jackson and Maggie” released May 7th.

She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her recent groom, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.

Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line at tessthompsonwrites@gmail.com.