Title: Welcome to Carson Springs by Eileen Goudge
Subtitle: Introducing the Delarosa Family
Publisher: Open Road
Genre: Historical, Romance, 1950s
Length: 74 pages (estimated)
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
A Hollywood film crew upends life in an idyllic California village in this prequel to the Carson Springs trilogy.
In the late 1950s, filmmakers descended on Carson Springs to shoot the movie that made this sleepy Spanish mission town famous. A plaque commemorates the filming of Stranger in Paradise, but nowhere does it mention Cora Delarosa, whose life changed forever when Hollywood arrived. Barely thirty, but married for over a decade, she does not realize that her marriage is falling apart until she meets the handsome and charming film director Hank Montgomery. In this novella, Eileen Goudge sets the stage for her Carson Springs trilogy, showing that in this small town, passion, heartache, and long-buried secrets have always been a way of life.
This ebook features excerpts from two of the Carson Springs novels, favorite recipes from Eileen Goudge’s own kitchen, and an illustrated biography of Goudge including rare photos from her personal collection.
Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.
She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth-a sequel to Gardens of Lies-and 2012’s The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.
Welcome to Carson Springs is a short read with a powerful message. It is the perfect introduction to Eileen Goudge’s Carson Springs trilogy.
Like many long-married couples, Cora and Jack Delarosa are caught up in the daily routine of day to day living. Life follows a predictable pattern with Jack as the dominant partner in their marriage with Cora content to follow Jack’s lead.
But all of that changes when she meets Hank Montgomery. The attraction she feels towards Hank causes her to question the state of her marriage and the love she has for her husband. Standing at a crossroads in her marriage, she must decide if she wants to rescue her marriage or indulge her passion for Hank.
Welcome to Carson Springs is a beautiful story about love and self-discovery. Eileen Goudge aptly demonstrates how even long-married couples sometimes do not know themselves or their partners as well as they think they do. She also perfectly displays why communication is the key to a happy and long lasting relationship.
An entertaining novel for both old and new fans of the Carson Springs trilogy.