Of All Places by Lily Baines
Forty year old, single librarian Melanie Allen would never in a million years have imagined that the cheap European get away she booked to Montenegro after the death of her mother and only living relative would be the place where she would meet Mr. Right. Her love life has led nowhere not only because she was settling for the two men she has dated in her 40+ years but because, as she has come to realize, she too sees herself as the frumpy middle-aged librarian. Her one day stop in Kotor leaves her with a feeling of peace and happiness like she has never experienced. But, it’s a chance encounter with a hunky Montenegro man, Theo, that draws her out of her introverted facade and gives her the courage to take a spontaneous leap of faith and completely change her travel plans. A right choice the leads her to the “right man”.
Lily Baines has written the perfect chick lit, contemporary romance with Of All Places. Set in the Baltic nation of Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea, the story’s beautiful scenery and charming culture is a fantasy location for many women. Melanie is smart when it comes to books and her job yet very insecure when it comes to herself. She can hardly believe that a man like Theo was find any interest in her, especially when he says he has never met anyone like her. Their connection is tangible through the words on the page and the reader cannot help but be swept along as their relationship buds and blossoms.
Of All Places is a wonderfully conceived and written story the flows effortless from page one. It leaves you with “all the feels” as most women can easily relate to Melanie’s diminished feelings about herself and can’t help but cheer her on as she transitions from insecure and self-conscious to vibrant and self-assured, leaving behind an old life that brought her little joy and happiness. Of All Places is an uplifting book that will stay with you for days after you finish, as you think on Melanie and are continually encouraged to take a few risks in life and see the places it will take you.
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.