Finding the Rainbow

Finding the Rainbow

by Traci Borum

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BN ID: 2940151259705
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2015
Series: Chilton Crosse , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 315,329
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.

Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”

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Finding the Rainbow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book!  The characters are people I want to know, and that small English village is definitely a place I would love to live.  The characters from Book 1, "Painting the Moon" are "seen" in the background  of this story, which is great to "see" how their lives have progressed.  Some may compare this book to Jane Austen's "Emma," but I see it also, as "Little Women" - one of my all-time favorites.  I look forward to Traci Borum's next book in this series.  More, please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely English tale worthy of Masterpiece theater
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I've learned anything in this life and that i still have yet to master, is being honest with myself about where my heart and mind are. I mean truly and deeply gut level honest, but we are not taught that, and so we suffer. Granted we can't take every decision we make to heart because many we have to make are not necessarily life altering. But I believe we do instinctively know which ones are, but are "fear-full" and therefore step back from leaping into our lives' potentual greatness. Hence God's great opportunties for growth and getting our attention. Often. I loved this book. It is one to savor. It is engaging, personal, and thought provoking. The way the book is laid out is beautifully done: structured with lead in killer quotes and personal epiphanies which result in waking up Noelle to reclaim her life, but it's personal as well. You and the main character Noelle go on this journey back to yourselves. It is about the power of connection and love, missed opportunities, misunderstandings, secrets and owning your self. Pretty powerful stuff. This novel has helped me on my journey to further disentangle myself from "the proper way to live my life according to others and how to do it their way" by not staying in a boring job, incompatible relationship or whatever....this novel ultimately is about courage. I found myself being frustrated with Adam, but realize he is part of who each of us is as we struggle and resist until our "aha" comes. Each of the characters are intregal and contribute to the story. Like the perfectly cast movie with great script this novel is fully satisfying, complete and just the right length!
Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners. I was first introduced to Traci Borum back in February when she asked me to read her book Painting the Moon which is the first book in the Chilton Crosse series.  I loved Painting the Moon, so I had high expectations for Finding the Rainbow. I was not disappointed. Finding the Rainbow can be read as a stand alone, so you don’t need to read Painting the Moon first (though you’re going to want to read it!). There are some of the same characters in this book, so if you like reading chronologically, you can read Painting the Moon first :) I love the characters in this book. Holly is more than a big sister to her sisters since she’s had to help take care of them since their mom died suddenly six years prior. She sacrificed her college education, freedom and relationship to help her dad. When she meets Fletcher, one of the screen writers for the local filming of Emma, she finds a friend to depend on.  But will she find more? This book is so sweet. You will fall in love with the characters, including Holly’s crotchety aunt. I love this town and wish I could just jump in and live there. Emma is one of my favorites, so I love that they were filming it in the town and were reading it in their new book club. I highly recommend this book to all of you who love sweet and clean romance books with a cozy feel. I am looking forward to reading whatever Traci Borum comes up with next!
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Austen, and I really thought this was an interesting intersection of modern day romance and classic Jane Austen. Holly’s mother died, and she stayed home to help her dad care for her younger sisters. She put her entire life on hold to care for her family and now she’s eagerly awaiting her chance at life and love. When Fletcher arrives on the scene with a film crew to film “Emma” by Jane Austen, they meet and become friends. Does Holly have the courage to start living life for herself and to go after what she wants and deserves? I really liked this book. As I said, I love Jane Austen, and I thought the touches of Austen throughout the book were really charming. The author wasn’t trying to recreate Austen by any means, but I think she was really paying homage to Austen and the way she crafted characters and love stories. I really liked Fletcher. I thought he was charming in his shy demeanor and I loved the chemistry that he and Holly had together. Holly’s Father, however, can go jump off a cliff. I thought the way he was so demanding of Holly and just expected her to do things was selfish and a bit cruel. He made me angry quite a bit. My only complaint with this book was that I felt the end was a bit rushed. I would have liked for it to play out a bit more and unfold more naturally. But, overall I found I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for more! Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Finding the Rainbow is a return to my favorite English village, Chilton Crosse, the place I fell in love with while reading Painting the Moon. The story picks up not long after the end of Painting the Moon and is told from Holly's point of view, Noelle's gallery assistant. Holly dropped out of university six years before to help raise her younger sisters after the sudden, unexpected death of her mother. Holly takes care of her sixteen-year-old twin sisters, Rosalee and Bridget, and twelve-year-old baby sister, Abbey while her father commutes to London where he runs a successful business. Assuming the roles of mother, caretaker, and older sister, doesn't leave Holly with much time for herself, although she takes courses online and escapes to her grown up playhouse out back to read in peace. When the BBC production of Jane Austen's Emma comes to Chilton Crosse, Holly decides a book club centered around the same novel is a wonderful way to immerse the town into the production. Walking through town, she stumbles upon one of the screenwriters, Fletcher, and American from Texas, and coerces him into addressing the book club, launching one of the best platonic male/female friendships I've read in awhile. The camaraderie is evident from the start, rather than developing after the whole lust-at-first-sight thing which is common in most romances of late. This is a refreshing change from the ordinary. Plot The plot in Finding the Rainbow is more subtle than in Painting the Moon. Overall, it's about Holly finding where she fits, and the romance plays a role in that, but it's so much more than that. When Holly's father makes a choice that changes her function within the family, she feels adrift and without purpose. This is no "I need a man to be happy" story, though. Her friendship with Fletcher is well-established before anything romantic evolves and he isn't her saving grace. Strong subplots involve the making of the movie and a romance involving Holly's boss, Frank. Additionally, Holly's father, all three sisters, and even Fletcher have their own arcs. World Building The world building is almost stronger this time around than in Painting the Moon. Sure, we're already well acquainted with Chilton Crosse, but Noelle was a recent transplant, whereas Holly was born and raised there. This time, we get to see it through the eyes of a lifelong resident, allowing us to gain a more intimate understanding of the village and it's colorful inhabitants. Characters I love all the characters, and I think that's where Traci Borum's writing really shines. She creates unique, three-dimensional characters that come alive in believable ways. Each and every character is distinct, even twins, Rosalee and Bridget. Holly is not Noelle 2.0 either, nor is Fletcher a reboot of Adam. Writing Once again, the writing transports us to a quaint English countryside where life is slower paced and it rains. A freakishly lot. The pacing matches the laid-back lives of the characters that inhabit the pages. Ending I thought the ending did justice to the story, and I liked it more than the end of Painting the Moon, which I thought was well done. The characters remain true to themselves, which I think is key. Top Five Things I enjoyed about Finding the Rainbow 1. Holly's Personality. I love her outlook on life, the way she's so resilient and doesn't allow herself to wallow, even though she has plenty of reason to. 2. Fletcher. I love that he was always a friend first to Holly. He could have been the typical American guy, looking for a quick lay and short-term romance until he left, but he never went that route. 3. Rosalee. Of Holly's sisters, she was my favorite. Her passion and tender heart made her someone I'd want to befriend if she was a real person. 4. Emma. While not my favorite Austen novel (that would be Sense and Sensibility) I do love the Jane Austen themes that wind through both of Traci Borum's novels. 5. Grown Up Playhouses. I love how Holly turned her childhood playhouse into and adult retreat. I'd kill for someplace like that in my own backyard! Bottom Line Finding the Rainbow is a sweet story that is similar in some way to Painting the Moon, but has a little Notting Hill twist with a dash of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And again people feel the need to practically rewrite the book. We can read actually and wish to do so on our own! Knock it off already.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum For the past six years Holly Newbury, being several years older than her sisters, stepped into the role of caring for and raising her younger sisters when their mother passed away unexpectedly from an aneurism. Their father, Duncan, struggled with depression for months and hid himself away from the family in his home office. He is still practically non-existent in family affairs. Chilton Crosse is a picturesque English community where everyone practically knows everyone else. It was nice to re-visit and learn about more people in this town. It is big news when a film company chooses an estate at the end of town to film the movie Emma. Everyone gets in the spirit and are lucky enough to play extras in the process of filming. Emma is one of Holly’s favorite Jane Austen stories. She decides everyone should read the book since the movie is being filmed there. She organizes a book club to be held at her cantankerous Aunt Gertrude’s house to try to draw her into the town’s excitement. She even invites Fletcher Hays, the American playwright who adapted the book for the big screen, as their resident Emma expert. They become fast friends and the book club is a huge success. Each chapter is opened with a Jane Austen quote, which ties into the story. The plot is character driven with many twists that draws different family members into the spotlight. Family secrets are exposed, which must be dealt with, a teenage infatuation goes awry, and a hidden emotional time bomb explodes. To top all of this off Holly is suddenly struck how much her life parallels Emma. This turned into a satisfying read that left a smile on my face. FYI: This is Book 2 from the Chilton Crosse Series, however it can be read as a stand-alone story. Format/Typo Issues: I was given an advance reader’s copy but I noticed no glaring proofing errors. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** June 15, 2015