Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Review of Blue Ink (Blue Mountain #3) by Tess Thompson

From USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson, visit Blue Mountain yet again in this standalone tale that celebrates underdogs, family secrets, and forbidden love. 

Charlotte Wilde’s life is a flop. She gives her heart to the wrong men, her first published book is a failure, and now she’s dead broke too. Desperate to pay the bills, she takes a job caring for an elderly woman who is recovering from a broken hip, hopeful the position will leave her with plenty of time to focus on her writing. Yet as Charlotte gets to work, dutifully helping Mrs. Lanigan sort through a box of old letters, distractions abound. For one thing, both women immediately become consumed with a mystery unfolding in the correspondence. And to complicate matters further, Charlotte finds herself drawn to her charge’s son, Ardan, like they’ve known each other forever. Will he become another of her mistakes or has she finally found the one?

In the third volume of the Blue Mountain Series, USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson reunites us with the Lanigan brothers, their cranky mother, and the feisty Heywood sisters. This standalone story of forbidden love and hundred-year old mystery will keep you turning pages way past your bedtime.

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 **My thoughts**

This is the third installment of the Blue Mountain series, the first of which is my favorite Tess Thompson book. This story does work as a standalone, but I do recommend reading the others.

We first met Charlotte in
Blue Moon, when she was Bliss’s devoted assistant. Her kind and delicate nature was obvious even back then. Now she gets to really put it to the test in her new job as a companion and helper to the matriarch of the Lanigan clan, Riona, whose macular degeneration is getting the best of her. Charlotte will also have time to keep working on her writing, as she is a murder mystery novelist now as well.

Riona has moved back to the family compound out of necessity. Because she can no longer see, she needs help. Only she continues to be just as tough and stubborn as she was when we met her in the first book. She seems like she’d be able to absolutely eat Charlotte alive. But you also know that there is a softer woman underneath that hardened exterior, one who has had tragedy in her life and is now dealing with a major life change in her blindness. The two opposites are perfectly matched and we can learn a lot by how Charlotte treats her.

They are staying with Ardan, the philanthropic Lanigan brother who has returned home from his work with schools for boys. We get to know him better than we did Kavan and Ciaran because this is the first dual point of view book in the series. [And I admit that I am conflicted over this, though it works. I just really enjoyed going so in depth with the ??? sisters as single POV, but also like getting to know them both so well this way. It’s hard to explain. Maybe it throws me off a little bit because the first two books weren’t in dual POV?]

These two are destined to be with each other before they have even met. And they seem to know it right from the start. There are just all of those pesky relationship details to iron out. And a blast from the past tries to throw a major wrench into things. You also have the beauty of the letters from the past that they discover that almost seem to echo in the modern time. Lots to enjoy in this one with the connection of past and present.

Of course, we also get to check in on the other happy Lanigan couples. And no Blue Mountain book would be complete without Moonstone in it.

I love returning to Peregrine, Idaho and am looking forward to the story of the elusive Lanigan sister, Teagan.

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