Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson ARC Review + Song Playlist

Jo Richardson is very much inspired by music while she writes her stories.
I'm very excited to share with you the song playlist for Cookie Cutter!

I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes

High Hopes – Kodaline

Resolution – Matt Corby

Best Day of my Life – American Authors

All I Want – Kodaline

Let Her Go – Passenger

Peace – OAR

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

Love Runs Out – One Republic

On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons

Listen to the music HERE:

Some of my favorites are on this list...Sara Bareilles, One Republic, American Authors! I had a lot of fun listening to them all! ~ Grace

Title: Cookie Cutter
Author: Jo Richardson
Release Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Little Bird Publishing House

Iris Alden and Carter Blackwood couldn't be more different. Change-averse Iris likes her life neat and organized, while Carter's itchy feet mean he doesn’t plan to stay in the same place for long.

When Carter moves into the house across the street from Iris, to renovate it, she fights the disruption it causes in her life. Before long, though, it's not simply the house Carter's rebuilding, but Iris's heart, too.

Read an excerpt here:

Source: ARC provided by author
This is my honest review
Rating: 4 Stars - Loved

Life in the suburban town of Spangler may seem all cookie cutter on the outside, but the people living there are every bit as unique. There is Iris Alden, a divorced single mom who tries to keep life and work balanced day to day while raising her teenage daughter. Carter Blackwood is the handsome, new house-flipper who just moved in across the street. He’s about to shake things up in Iris’ life. Then there are the neighbors, who are all so quirky and full of surprises!

If I were to categorize this story, I would put this on the romantic comedy and women’s fiction shelves. There were several parts that made me giggle, and the romance is very sweet and slowly unfolds. This story mainly focuses on Iris and her trying to handle things when life doesn’t go the way she expects it to go. She’s dealing with her ex, the teen angst surrounding her daughter, her suddenly awkward work situation, and bake lots of cookies! Does she even have time for some well-deserved romance? He might be in town temporarily, but Carter thinks this new friendship with Iris might be worth exploring. This story is told from alternating point-of-view, which I appreciated. Carter is a very observant neighbor. I also liked getting to know him a little more through his past and his current struggles.

Cookie Cutter is a light and fun read that easily flows. The angst is not too over the top. I think everything wraps up too quickly in the end; however, this story will pull at your heart a little and reflect that sometimes change can be a good thing. Overall, Cookie Cutter made me smile!

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About Jo
A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.

Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.

Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.

Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up.

In 2012, she wrote Cursed be the Wicked, a character driven, paranormal mystery romance that was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing and released in March of 2014. Jo has also written a couple of short stories as well, and her most recent full length novel, Cookie Cutter, released through Little Bird Publishing in March of 2015, broke into the top 100 contemporary romantic fiction category on Amazon during its first week of publication.

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