Title – City Beautiful
Author – C.M. Foss
Publication Date – June 29, 2015
Patrick Thompson is all city, all the time. A young doctor, once full of passion, now disillusioned by the practice, he sets off across the country, intent on a small breather before a fresh start.
Ivy Lang loves the country way. So much so that she’s created a place where others can experience her ideas of the fundamentals for both mind and body. The life is perfect for her, carefully cultivated by her own hands.
He’s waiting for something to inspire him.
She finds inspiration all around her.
But when a chance meeting turns their worlds upside down, can they come together to create something beautiful?
So I kind of went into this book a little blind. I previously fell in love with the writing of CM Foss and just assumed that I would be in good hands. Needless to say, my gut once again proved to be right. I was absolutely blown away by what I found in the pages of City Beautiful…so much so, that a part of me wanted to go back and re-rate Shiver and Swoon because of how elevated this book was.
“I wasn’t a city girl anymore, but city had his ways.”
Her characters are opposite in so many ways that they truly did complement each other, even from the very beginning. I think that I loved Ivy so much, almost instantly, because she reminded me of my grandmother. She was this old soul living in a young body. She never took more than she needed, but was always willing to give everything she could. Ivy was fiercely independent and confident. Her character screamed everything I wish I could be, mixed with mirrors of what I see in myself already. The hero of the story definitely stole my heart. He thought that he knew everything he wanted until his entire world was jolted. Watching his transformation from start to finish was something so special for a reader to experience. I fell in love with these two, both individually as well as together.
“Life always has its ups and downs. Sometimes it seems like there are more downs. The truth is, we do it better when we allow others to help.”
The storyline is one that flowed so effortlessly. Foss took her readers on a journey and left them feeling every ounce of emotion she poured into the book. When the characters felt grief or sadness, I wanted to cry with them. When they were joyful and playful, I laughed right alongside with them. It takes a skilled author to reach her readers on that deep of a level, but Foss is one of those talented gems. She will take you for an emotional ride filled with ups and downs, but ultimately one that you will not want to miss.
“It was a step toward moving forward, not lingering on the pain of the past.”
While I absolutely adored CM Foss’s first two novels, there was something immensely better about City Beautiful. Her writing has matured, her characters have more depth, and the emotional complexity is so much stronger. City Beautiful is a romance that will stay with me for quite some time, as the characters burrowed deeply into my heart. If you’re looking for a novel that will cause you to take a journey and fall in love due to impeccable writing, look no further and jump into this novel. I can’t sing its praise enough!
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CM Foss is a hopeless romantic with a love for the written word. When she was little, her mom would ration her books so she wouldn’t go through them too quickly. It didn’t matter, she would just re-read. She’s always been an avid equestrian, competing in the top levels of Three Day Eventing by age seventeen. CM now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and kids where they own and operate their own equestrian business, as well as raising grass-fed, sustainable meats. She doesn’t have this thing people call “free time”, but she does spent a weird amount of time writing, reading, playing with her kids, milking goats, and drinking wine, while avoiding bananas at all costs. Other books by CM Foss include Shiver and Swoon.