Carpe Bead 'Em

Carpe Bead 'Em

by Tonya Kappes

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Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.

That is, until she's transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.

When she arrives in town, Hallie finds crazy Aunt Grace rummaging through a dumpster looking for the "perfect" welcome home gift for her niece. That's just the beginning. After that, Aunt Grace stays busy by dying her stolen poodle's hair pink and leaving the dog on her apartment roof to pee, throwing bricks out the window at passing neighbors, and climbing every flag pole to kiss the ornamental eagle.

Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading. When her talent is discovered by a major department store jewelry buyer, Hallie realizes that what she had in Chicago might not have been her dream life after all.

When faced with the choice of moving back to Chicago and Bo or taking a leap of faith to start her own jewelry company (with Aunt Grace in tow), Hallie has to make a decision. Will she let her past and her future collide, or will she or keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012468864
Publisher: Tonya Kappes
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 499,389
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

"Carpe Bead'em is fun with a capital F. It's sad, funny, inspiring, quirky, and great chick lit! It shows that you never know what's round the corner, and anything's possible if you just take a chance on life! Perfect summer reading." Bestselling author, Sibel Hodge

"I loved how Tonya Kappes was able to bring her characters to life." Coffee Table Reviews

"I loved this book. Grandberry Falls is my kind of town and I for one would love to live there and get to know all the local folks. I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read the next book about Grandberry Falls by Tonya Kappes. I have added Tonya Kappes as one of my new favorite authors." Jean Segal

"I love it when I pick up a book because of its cover and the story to follow is just as great or better. That's what happened here." Stephanie Overton

"I read this in a day and loved it! You felt that you were part of Grandberry Falls. The small town folks who know everyone and know everything about someone in a matter of hours." Avid Reader

"This book was fun, entertaining and good to the last page. Who knew reading auras could get Olivia in so much trouble? Sit back, smile and cozy up to, where Olivia does the dumping for you. There's heap loads of humor, a dose of magical realism, sprinkles of romance, and mystery when someone ends up dead!" Author Lisa Lim

"I was looking for something different and easy to read...meaning nothing too involved, something that if I put down could come back to and remember all the characters and where I left off at...well I didn't put it down I finished it in a day... what a great read !!" Cimarron

Tonya Kappes is a best selling author women's fiction and cozy mystery. Her novel is a double finalist in the Mystery and Humorous categories in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Carpe Bead 'em is the winner in the eFestival of Words 2012.

When she's not writing about quirky characters and even quirkier situations, she's busy being the princess, queen and jester of her domain which includes her BFF and three teenage boys.

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Carpe Bead 'Em 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
The words can't describe how much I LOVE his book They say you can never go back home, but Hallie does and something wonderful happened; she discovered her meaning in life and embraced it from her friendships, her career-path and her crazy Aunt Grace. There are several laugh-out-loud moments that will tickle your funny bone as well as some tender moments. This is an endearing story that will capture your heart.
Ladynono More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters are so wonderful, makes you want to sit right down and start beading and chatting with them! Hopefully Tonya will keep this series going!
LindaSueLL More than 1 year ago
Funny, funny, funny! Tonya Kappes puts the fun back in writing! Her characters are full of color. I love how Hallie's character grew throughout the novel. I laughed, laughed, and cried! I hope she does a series on these characters!
ddscott1 More than 1 year ago
Prepare to laugh your (fill in the blanks)... There's a new queen of Quirky-Crazy Characters in the Indie Epub World...and it's Tonya Kappes! Her high-class hillbilly, farcical adventures are over-the-top unique! Cheers to you, Tonya, and to your Carpe Bead'em Cast & Crew!
MisaRamirez More than 1 year ago
What could be better than a book that brings a young woman home to where she belongs, has a rascally pooch, and centers around beading and discovering and following your dream? Carpe Bead 'Em has it all. Hallie's been trying to escape her past, but, as we all know, that's impossible. She ends up back with her Aunt Grace, and along the way, Hallie discovers what's really important to her. She's like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, clicking her heels together to realize that what she's wanted has been there the whole time, if only she'd been willing to see it. This is the perfect beach read as we roll into summer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only will you laugh out-loud over Aunt Grace's antics, and the pink poodle, but find Hallie's journey inspirational and touching. This is a book that's hard to put down, and Hallie finds herself in a life in her old city.
Mary_F More than 1 year ago
Life does not always turn out the way you expect. Hallie Mediate is the manager of a successful Gucci boutique located in Chicago. Her infatuation with the handsome Bo Pompillio, co-owner of a local blues bar, provides incentive to keep training for the upcoming Chicago Marathon. Her life is turned upside down when she is promoted to regional manager – a position that will move her back home to Cincinnati for three months. She does not want to go, but accepts that she must return to open a new store in the city. Little does she know what lies ahead. Her temporary abode is to be shared with the home’s owner. Her crazy Aunt Grace still lives in Chicago and wants to set her up on a blind date. Hallie steps into a bead shop and discovers a new passion…and a new career. This is a fun and fast paced story will keep you smiling. I have to add that this book could have used some serious editing. If misspelled words and incorrect grammar will distract you from the story, then don’t bother to pick it up. If you can work your way through them (and it did take me a little effort), take a chance and enjoy the smiles you get as your reward.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Hallie Mediate has the life she has always dreamed of. Chicago is where she wants to be. Unfortunately Fate and Gucci have other plans. She's going back home to Cincinnati. Why if life so unfair? Hallie finds a new passion. She loves beading. Her mind is constantly coming up with new designs. She is a different person. She finds that seeing her Aunt Grace brings back memories of her childhood. This woman gave up her own desires to raise her. Suddenly she sees everything in a new light. Hallie has grown up. I loved this story. Hallie is a feisty woman who is willing to take a chance on her passion. If only her romance with Bo would end with a HEA. Hallie needs to trust not let her insecurities lead her to rash actions. Bo is a keeper. There is more to him than a sexy man. I enjoyed this story by Tonya Kappes. Aunt Grace was a wonderful character. I was glad that Hallie realized how lucky she was to have this woman in her life. Carpe Bead'em was a touching story that had me shedding a few tears.
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
This just might be my favorite Tonya Kappes book. The story of Hallie finding herself when things don't go as planned was very interesting, and easy to latch on to. The characters were easy to connect to as well. I felt like Hallie's friends were my friends, and I was right there for each and every girls' night. My absolute favorite part of the book was the emotions. I can't really put into words how much of a fantastic job Tonya did putting all the feelings to page. It usually takes quite a bit too get me teary-eyed while I'm reading, and this one did it. I think we all have those in-between moments, and Tonya Kappes managed to make a magnificent story out of one that just about everyone can relate too.
Crickerz More than 1 year ago
This book was a total delight to read, Tonya always seems to be able to make me engage with the characters as a reader and pulls laughs and tears from me with her writing. In this book Carpe Bead 'Em the story is centered around Hallie the new regional manager for Gucci and her friends Lucy, Georgia and Prudence, Hallie's Aunt Grace, Uncle Jimmy and several other supporting characters. Hallie joined a running group two years ago to train for a marathon and to get a little closer to Bo. Hallie has spent the last two years running behind Bo. Bo is handsome and sweet, owns a blues bar and has not shown an interest in Hallie other than as a friend. Enter Piper ex-regional manager for Gucci and currently eyeing Bo and it seems that Bo likes Piper in the way Hallie was hoping he would like her. Hallie's Aunt Grace and Uncle Jimmy are old and the only family that Hallie has left, but man they sure do get on her nerves, which is why she is glad that she lives five hours away from them and only goes to visit once every six weeks. Things change when Hallie is suddenly sent back to her hometown to get a new Gucci boutique up and running. Gucci has rented her a nice apartment off of Hyde Park and as Hallie settles in she starts making new friends like Addy the owner of Cafe Beginnings the local coffee shop, and Dee from One Bead At A Time the local lapidary shop. Hallie quickly finds out that she has a gift for design when she makes her first beaded bracelet at One Bead At A Time. With Dee's encouragement she begins to make bracelets to sell at Dee's store. Suddenly Hallie isn't so lonely. Hallie makes another new friend out of her neighbor Wilson. She also unexpectedly finds herself the new owner of Henry a pink poodle. Yes, I said pink poodle. I told you Tonya will get a smile, laugh and even a few tears out of you when you read this book. There are some twists and unexpected turns in Carpe Bead 'Em that even I didn't see coming. Check it out you will not be sorry!
ChristineLee More than 1 year ago
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. With Carpe Bead'em, you didn't have some of the mystery story-line you are used to with Tonya's books, but it had every bit of her quirk and humor. Everyone has a "crazy Aunt Grace", and can relate to the predicaments Hallie found herself in. I felt every emotion in reading this story; I was right there with Hallie. This is a perfect romantic comedy, but make sure you've cleared your schedule. This book will not put you down.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I'm actually torn with book. I started out liking the characters well enough, and the circumstances with Hallie leaving her beloved Chicago for Cincinnati kept me interested. I had a problem with a few things but overlooked it until about halfway through and it started to annoy me. Hallie is upset moving back to Ohio, understandable but it's a move up with her job and temporary. She has a huge crush on Bo but it seems every time he tells her he needs to speak to her seriously, she blows him off. Her aunt may not seem as crazy if Hallie would put her foot down on a few things instead of just blowing her off as "crazy". She's upset with Bo instead of confronting him she runs away. By the end I was annoyed with Hallie but I did like most of the secondary characters who kept me reading. This was just my feelings others look at it differently, you decide.
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Amanda Beltz More than 1 year ago
After reading the other reviews i cannot believe no one else got sick of the middle school plot, grammar and spelling errors.
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