Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Published on: 30 December 2021
Type: HEA, series
Genre: Small-town Rural Fiction, Clean Wholesome Romance, Friendship Fiction
Author: Stacey Komosinski
Read: 19 April 2021
Shelved: 23 April 2021
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ ½
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Welcome to the Finding Happiness in Harmony series’ first journey celebrating the bonds of friendship, love, and life. This feel-good story of first love and best friends will have you believing you too can find it all.
Twenty-five-year-old Chloe Larson has never had a relationship or been really kissed by someone. After a rough childhood spent hiding a secret and being ridiculed, Chloe believes she’s better off with only friends around her. That way she can’t get hurt or misused. She spends weekends living life to the fullest with her best friends and roommates Gaby and Jess and weekdays proving her worth as a newly promoted reporter. The thing is, she doesn’t have time for anything romantic. But secretly she longs for that special connection with someone.
Chris Sherman is bored of the selfish women who flock to him. Recently out of a relationship, he isn’t looking for love. But everything changes when he meets Chloe Larson. She has a way about her that excites and intrigues him, leaving him desperate to get to know her.
Will they both find the courage to let each other in and experience the joys and pains of love, life, and happiness to find it all?
Finding It All talks about Chloe Larson is a news reporter/writer at Local 9 News station. She loves to bake and write. She shares space with two college friends at Galorston, Texas – Gabriella “Gabby Rodriguez and Jessica “Jess” Taylor. These ladies’ adventures are a lot for one book from family, friendships, disappointments, accomplishments, and love. One of the highlights is meeting Chris Sherman, a principal of Galorston City High School.
The story is mainly from Chloe and Chris’ POV with some multi-POV on the supporting characters. However, it was pleasant to learn about and understand most of the book’s characters. The author seems to have wanted readers to see all the other characters’ situations and bridges to the following books in the series. Although, for my part, I felt that it initially lessened me from connecting with Chloe and Chris’ story until the latter part when it converged in its way. The writing style is clear and straightforward, which I know some readers will love. Descriptions were a lot better for scenes and internal rationalizations.
I liked Chloe, but there were so many hesitations from her side that it got me confused. As readers read on, we discover Chloe’s dark and sad past that would make anyone reconsider even starting anything with anyone.
While initially, readers will fall hard like Chloe to Chris, he comes with his own “issues” that surprised me. On the surface, he is the perfect man – older, wiser, and knows what he is looking for after meeting Chloe, but his “insecurities” bring about tension and frustrations in the story.
The story may sound predictable, but it is anything BUT. Besides Chloe’s and Chris’ stories, there were other “complex mini-stories” between all the characters that make the whole book more “rounded.” All the character viewpoints are written clearly, though a few sections dragged on a bit longer than needed. The plot is simple enough on the surface, but some heavy topics are mentioned, like mental health and abuse – not only from Chloe but other ladies. It is nice to see these ladies supporting each other, given their random background, personality, and ideologies. I love how the author empowers the girls after their traumatic event.
I enjoyed the country fairs scenes that Chloe and Chris went through. The author described the events clearly with many things going around and between the couple that It was a special section for me – especially when a “blast from the past” decides to show up a few years too late.
In summary, Finding It All is a sweet country love story. It has a balance of memorable moments of family, friends, and love. The characters did some growing up and self-reflection that ran a bit too sweet to me. It is a debut book with its hurdles of keeping readers interested and going, but maybe it is not for me. I believe many readers will like it and hope you guys gave it a try as I did. The ending turned out a lot better than I hoped, and yes, it is a HEA. Good start for an upcoming new author.
Love was a complex emotion. It brought about all the good and wonderful feelings a human could possibly feel, but it also surfaced a deep fear of losing the precious and delicate love you found.— Finding It All, Stacey Komosinski
About the Author
Stacey grew up in a small Pennsylvania town strongly influenced by her mother’s passion for reading. She read her first romance novel in her early twenties and hasn’t stopped.
Stacey holds a master’s degree in molecular biology and is employed as a supply chain product leader in the pharmaceutical industry.
She makes the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania her home with her husband, Teddy, and two daughters, Madeline and Anna.