Shabby Chic Trilogy, Kirsten Fullmer : Review

Book 1 :Shabby Chic At Heart

Tara has always been too engrossed in her work – refurbishing the historical homes in Smithville. She keeps a tight rein on her jobs and her emotions buried, but she’s loosing control of both since that ridiculous city boy investor showed up. 

New in town, Justin is confident that his ultra modern resorts will bring Smithville into the twenty-first century. If only the locals-yokels and their ringleader, the gorgeous and peculiar Tara, would stop interfering. 

With her quirky and protective hometown behind her, will Tara confront Justin and the town’s long buried secrets to take on the financial and emotional risk of a lifetime?


4 stars 

For fans of Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber, this series is perfect.

Tara is such an amazing protagonist. My inner feminist kept applauding her for her strong beliefs, independence and lack of helpless-heroine syndrome inspite of her circumstances.

Justin was just as perfect for Tara. He is your typical alpha male hero, but without a controlling douchebag. His thought process is often hilarious, just like his reactions to certain “features” of Smithville.

I LOVE that series has third person POV, but still shows the two sides of the story. It’s far more interesting that way, and gives a more complete sort of perspective.

Overall; if you are a fan of small town romance novels, this one is a perfect start.

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Also, do check out the cover of the paperback edition. It’s gorgeous.
Book 2: Shabby Chic After All

Julia lost everything while she was ill. Self-conscious and alone, she’s moved to Smithville, determined to hide away in her rundown Victorian house. Little does she know, she can’t hide anything in a small town, including her interest in the deliveryman. 

Resolved to keep his life simple, Chad has his hands full running his delivery business and supporting his adopted family. So why can’t he get that withdrawn city girl, Julia, off his mind? 

Will the eccentric but well-meaning Smithville folk push Julia and Chad to open up, or will the emotional toll drive them both back into seclusion?

3 stars

Chad, Chad, Chad. The story was beautiful; but I swear he was all I noticed throughout the book. XD

This book had just the best characters. I loved Bobby, Marge, and LOVED reading more about Tara and Justin.

What I didn’t like though was the predictability (because one book with predictability is okay, but the second book too?).

But like I said before, readers who have read and loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River, or Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, you’ll know that such is formula of romance series’, and the homely atmosphere and amazing characters will make it all worth a read.

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Book 3: Shabby Chic Forever

Lizzie gave up her stressful job in Boston to embrace her love of all things country in Smithville PA. Her farm, a new job at the spa, and her pet alpacas are a dream come true, if only her meddling, matchmaking, socialite mother would back off. 

Elliot, a successful architect from Washington, DC, designed the new spa, but he certainly hadn’t envisioned the exotic bohemian style manager or her intriguing, demanding mother. Small town antics and his interest in Lizzie extend his visit to Smithville, but will the allure of country life draw him in for good? 

Once again, Smithville’s folk interfere with plans at every turn, forcing Lizzie and Elliot to face their personal dilemmas and each other, head on.


4 stars

This finale to the Shabby Chic Trilogy was just as cute and sweet as the first two books. In fact, I really want more Smithville stories, so a spin off series would be ❤

In this last installment of Shabby Chic, Elliott stole my heary, and so did the Smithville folks. The appearance of the couples from the earlier books added to the “family” feeling.

The only disappointment her, to me, was Lizzie. She had all the wrong reasons for her decisions. But Elliot’s charm made up for everything 😂

Shabby Chic Forever is one last proof in the trilogy of how Kirsten Fullmer perfects the art of pulling you into a fictional world where you feel completely at home, even if its miles apart from where you really exist.

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Anyhow, if you love reading small-town romances, adore alpha heroes with caring sides, and want a heroine who isn’t backboneless, you MUST read this series.