Title: Chasing Valentino
Author: Julie Carobini
Can a postcard from the past ... give them a future?
As a child, Greta had heard about her great-gran's past as a starlet in the 1921 film, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino. And she had always wondered why Great-gran eventually settled for a less-than glamorous life.
Greta's own life had lost some shine lately, too, with a broken engagement and job layoff. Was she destined to live a drab existence as well?
When a nearly 100-year old postcard appears in her mailbox, raising questions about her great-gran's life, Greta seizes a chance to delve into the past, and perhaps, change her own destiny.
Hollywood by the Sea, that fabled stretch of beach, may have been the background for Valentino films, but Dr. Zac Holt found it less than glamorous. Rowdy tourists, a broken heart, and his annoying neighbor drove that point deeper. Yet when Greta rents the place next to his house for the summer, he's intrigued by her warmth and curious nature.
Unfortunately, the disillusioned doctor insults his new neighbor from the start with his sour attitude, and his attempts to make amends are met with caution.
Greta hadn't come to the small beach town to find love, but answers. She'd already had more than her share of romantic failures, and an embittered doctor wasn't going to change that.
It will take a starry-eyed exploration of Hollywood by the Sea and beyond to change Greta and Zac. And what they discover in themselves--and each other--might just heal them both.
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About Julie Carobini
JULIE CAROBINI writes inspirational beach romances and cozy mysteries … with a twist. She is known for spunky heroines, charming heroes, quirky friends, and the secrets they keep. Her bestselling titles include Windswept, Runaway Tide, Walking on Sea Glass, the Otter Bay Novels, and more. Julie has received awards for writing and editing from The National League of American Pen Women and ACFW, and she was a double finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. She lives near the beach in California with her husband, Dan, and she loves hanging out with her three 20-something kids.
This was a sweet story of a young woman's search for her family history. Having lived in the area the book was set in it was fun revisiting.
The mystery surrounding the postcard was done very well and had me guessing about it until the end.
The neighbors Helen and Gus added quite a lot of fun and quirkiness to the overall story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Carobini takes you to the beach and the surrounding area of the Ventura, California area. This is a perfect spring and summertime read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.