Mary Manners books/novellas have never disappointed!
Her Diamond Knot Dreams series consists of four stories, plus a prequel. The prequel, a fun and lively story, focuses on the older generation, whereas her other four stories focus on the younger generation.
Veiled Gems, Book 1
Lila Brooks picked Clover Cove as the perfect place to start her one-stop wedding shop. Morgan Holt, a builder, agrees to assist Lila in renovating a charming, neglected, Victorian home for the business. However, things go awry from the beginning and they don’t seem to get better as time goes on.
I enjoyed this story for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the renovation aspect. The details of the renovation brought back pleasant memories of when I worked in new and renovation construction.
Mary Manners always pulls you into her stories and doesn’t let go. Her characters are relatable, her cities ever so charming and she doesn’t paint life as always being a bed of roses. In fact, she has quite a few thorns that have to be avoided or picked out after getting too close!
Veiled Gems is just the right size story for a quick escape, one I’m sure you will enjoy!
Jeweled Dreams, Book 2
Jeweled Dreams opens with such a cute, most erudite child that you immediately fall in love with her! Mackenzie “Kenzie” Ballentine not only stole her uncle’s heart when he became her guardian, but she will steal yours, too! Reading about her will leave you amazed at her language skills and ability to perceive situations, while at the same time being delighted by her five-year-old charisma.
I am also loving this series. I have a special place in my heart for renovations and new business ventures, both of which are highlighted. Plus, who can help falling in love with a small town where life is so idyllic?
Jeweled Dreams is a novella, so it is quick to read and sure to delight!
Precious Fire, Book 3
Mary Manners has written another cute romance novella centered around the Diamond Knot Dreams Bridal Boutique.
Precious Fire introduces us to Claire McLaughlin, friend of Lila and Avery from the first and second story in the series, along with Ryan Kendrick. Claire has come to Clover Cove at their request to be the baker for the boutique.
I really liked Ryan’s little brother, Caleb. He overcame some huge adversities but still maintained a positive outlook. I hope in future books we can revisit Caleb and get a glimpse at how he is doing as he grows up.
I loved being able to learn more about Clover Cove and enjoyed the way everyone worked together to make their hometown a pleasant and fun place to live.
MY THOUGHTS (And A Glimpse of the Prequel!)
Mary Manners has the unique ability to put you in the middle of the plot. This quality endears you to her characters and helps you become vested in their lives. It is so much fun to learn of each new couple, while at the same time catching up with the other Clover Clove residents. You feel as if the area is your home away from home and the people are your friends! I love the way she sets up her stories with such delightful personalities. I can easily see myself as friends with any or all of the people she so eloquently pens.
(I haven’t finished Crystal Wishes. However, I know it will be as wonderful as Mary’s other books!)
A Tender Season, Book 0
A Tender Season is Mary Manners’ prequel to the Diamond Knot Dreams series of novellas (In case you wondered about the Book 0 in the title!). The story, by necessity, is short, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book, or have a good plot!
I enjoyed this short, tender story of love the second time around, where the two main characters of the novella weren’t sure if they would ever face love again.
One of my favorite types of stories is a series that follows characters from previous books, and Mary Manners has done this with her Diamond Knot Dreams series. Each person is inter-related in some way, either through friendship or birth. The only problem is when the series ends, and I have lost all my new friends!