Book Review – Dream Big, Stella! by Ashley Farley

 

About Dream Big, Stella!


• Paperback: 264 pages
• Publisher:
Leisure Time Books (September 1, 2020)
• ISBN-10:
1734629444
• ISBN-13:
978-1734629446

Stella Boor’s biological father is a nameless, faceless sperm donor. At least, that’s what her parents have led her to believe. Imagine her surprise when she learns he’s none other than rock legend Billy Jameson, and that Billy has died and left Stella a historic inn on a sprawling farm in the mountains of Virginia. A city girl at heart, Stella can’t imagine living anywhere but New York. Her first inclination is to sell the property. But the terms of Billy’s will stipulate she manages the inn for three years before putting it on the market.

Stella considers what’s really keeping her in New York. Her hotel management career is off to a rocky start; she’s lost three jobs in less than a year. She’s grown apart from her best friend, and her so-called boyfriend is only interested in late-night booty calls. Something is missing from Stella’s life. On impulse, she hops on the next train headed to Virginia hoping to find happiness.

When she sees the dilapidated state of the inn, Stella realizes she’s in over her head. But the more she learns about the fascinating Jameson family, the more she wants to know. Why did her mother keep Billy Jameson a secret? Were her biological parents in a relationship, or was she the result of a one-night stand? And why did her father wait until after his death to bring Stella to Virginia?

On her journey to discover answers, Stella learns to have faith in herself and take a chance on love. Join an unforgettable cast of characters in the first installment of the Hope Springs Series.

 

 

 

 

Praise

“Ashley’s books are immersive and very hard to put down. I tend to read them in one sitting and then I’m sad when it’s over, so savor this one, it’s worth it. The characters and family dynamics/drama are relatable, twisty, and addicting . . . Lots of twists, a bit of romance, and as always FAMILY DRAMA. You’ll want to go to Hope Springs while reading and you’ll be so excited that Book 2 will be available right away! A big 2020 favorite and I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it! 5 sparkly stars.”~KateRock Lit Chick.

“There are a few authors that I will read everything they write and Ashley Farley is one of them. Her southern novels draw me in and make me feel good. There is a complexity to the stories but always a happy ending . . .This is going to be a winner of a new series….after all, I stayed up very late to almost finish the book!”~ Leslie at StoreyBook Reviews
“A little sadness, love, fun and a little mystery bring this amazing new novel of Ashley Farleys, together! It’s absolutely beautiful and the writing is beyond perfect. The best part…are you ready? There are 3 novels in this new series!! . . . Ashley Farley is so brilliant in her writing, she always brings that southern charm and air of mystery to whatever she puts out. Every time I think I have a new favorite, she’s written something else and this is no different.”~ Sam@Bookworm Blogger Mama
“I climbed upon a chair with a cuppa and enjoyed this first part in the new Hope Springs series. I got to know characters and a place I’d very much like to visit. I felt like Ashley’s message in DREAM BIG, STELLA! was to dream big, Cindy. Never let anything sideline you on your journey and be willing to take chances.” ~Cindy Reads & Writes
“I read this in one sitting and NEVER WANTED IT TO END. It was completely charming, totally realistic and heavy with family drama and characters that burst with depth and heart. “~ Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

“Read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute!⁣ . . .This is a fantastic, warm, compelling story about self-belief, love, friendship, ambition, and LOTS of family drama.”~Larry @Bookish World of yrralh

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts 

Ever just want one of those books you can just settle down and snuggle into? You know, one that pulls you in and completely immerses you in its little world? Well I have one for you right here.

Dream Big, Stella by Ashley Farley is the first of a new series she has created called The Hope Spring Series. Book 1 centers around Stella, a girl from NY who has grown up with 2 moms and a “sperm donor” for a dad. When a lawyer shows up at her door telling her she has inherited a $20 million dollar historic Inn from her newly deceased father, she is stunned. Pissed at her moms from keeping her fathers identity from her, recently fired from her job, and unable to just sell the inn outright as a stipulation of the inheritance, Stella decides to hop a train to Virginia to check out the Inn and try to find herself.
It doesn’t help that upon arriving at the property, it’s in a total state of disrepair and the 2 remaining employees are unhappy with her arrival. But the more she learns about her father and the fascinating family, the more she wants to know, so she stays on. As Stella attempts to find answers as well as repair the inn, she might just find a little more than herself along the way.

Another amazing family drama by Ashley Farley. She is already an auto buy author for me, but I can’t possibly say enough about Book 1 – Dream Big, Stella of het new series. Ashley’s writing has a cozy heartfelt way of surrounding you like a big blanket and engrosses you in the lives of everyone you are reading about. She makes you start to care and feel for these characters that are so well written they could be your friends or your own family. And family….. oh she nails it with the family drama, there is just one twist after the other with these people and you never know what she is going to throw at you next. Just in case you are worried, thats not all, she injects some of that classic Ashley Farley romance too. This book is a total winner for any type of reader. I am so excited for the next installment which is actually being published at the end of this month, so keep your eye out. Oh and Book 3 is coming out a month later.

This is an absolutely wonderful wholesome romance and family drama book. I highly recommend this one. A 5 star rating from me for sure!

Thank you to @ashleyfarleyauthor #leisuretimebooks and @katerocklitchick for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion for review.

 

 

 

 

About Ashley Farley

Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she’s lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 24 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, where she still calls home. Through the eyes of her characters, she captures the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kindhearted folk with lazy drawls that make the area so unique

To keep up with Ashley, please head to her website  at www.ashleyfarley.com .

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