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Peek Inside Once in a Blue Moon

Florist Laney George has a successful business, amazing friends and big, big dreams––oh, and a broken heart. But she’s working through that last one. Then the man she hoped to never see again shows up––and Laney’s carefully ordered plans are experiencing technical difficulties.

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Florist Laney George has a successful business, amazing friends and big, big dreams––oh, and a broken heart. But she’s working through that last one. Then the man she hoped to never see again shows up––and Laney’s carefully ordered plans are experiencing technical difficulties.

Celebrated Author Adam Fitzpatrick planned to be in St. Clair for no more than a day. Sign the books, and get out. Same story, different day. What he didn’t count on was Laney George, who happens to be the star of his somewhat fictional tale. She broke his heart years ago, and he’d gone a bit mad. Okay, maybe a lot mad––and he put everything in his book, never imagining it would be a world-wide best seller.

Now that he’s seen her again, he wants answers. But it isn’t just her that draws him in. It’s the town, something is happening and for the first time in years…he can write again. If only he could convince the woman who hates him most to start a new chapter in their story.


Heart tugging moments with the perfect amount of sass had me enjoying my first read from this series.” -Meghan V., NetGalley

“I loved this premise and I adore small town settings. The cast of quirky characters was so fun and just what any small town needs. The romance was sweet and exciting.” -Ink Stains and Dust

“This second-chance romance set in the small-town of St. Clair is full of romance, charm, and love.” -Melena T.,Goodreads

“I loved the setting, the town of St. Claire does really seem magical, and all the characters make it so colorful.” -Anja R., Goodreads

The characters and storytelling were very captivating.” -Hsu L., Goodreads

“What a sweet ending! I'm totally sold on a story involving books or authors, and this one had the latter plus charm plus vulnerability and I picked it up in a heartbeat! I definitely recommend this book for all you small-town second-chance romance lovers.” -Shatarupa D., NetGalley

“This is a heartwarming story of love, family and healing.” -Kari’s Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815328
Series: The Belles of St. Clair, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 17, 2020
Page Count: 315
Imprint: august
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: enemies to lovers, second chance

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By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 19, 2020

Old loves are reunited in this small town romance by Amanda Ashby. Ms. Ashby is a new to me author and I enjoyed her vivid storytelling, the well developed characters, and the way this couple found their way back to one another after a really long and winding road.

Laney George has made a nice life f ...more

By Shatarupa February 25, 2020

Book Two of Belles of St. Clair, this is the story of florist Laney George and author Adam Fitzpatrick.

Widowed five years back, Laney is a thirty-six-year-old florist who runs her shop - Branch and Twig - in one of the three Victorian buildings called The Belles, where she lives in the ...more

By Melena February 19, 2020

With Once in a Blue Moon is another wonderful story in Amanda Ashby's Belles of St. Clair series.

This second-chance romance set in the small-town of St. Clair is full of romance, charm, and love.

Laney and Adam dated sixteen years ago, and after a difficult break up he wrote a book that included deta ...more

By Sara February 13, 2020

Once in a Blue Moon by Amanda Ashby a heart-warming five-star read. St Clair just sounds like such an idyllic place to run away to, it really feels like one of those places that you could run away to and start-over, much like Laney George managed to do, she may have moved with her husband but she be ...more

By Isha February 15, 2020

Once in a Blue Moon (Belles of St. Clair) by: Amanda Ashby  
Ashby brings class to an often times heartbreaking tale of forgiveness. Once in a Blue Moon is a trek through conflicting emotions, long withstanding mistakes and perhaps a second chance to make everything right. Yet, foolish pride can be ...more

By Christa February 16, 2020

Once in a Blue Moon is a sweet second chance romance. It is about Laney George and Adam Fitzpatrick, who were once in love. After their romance ends, Laney is very bitter toward Adam for what she sees as a betrayal when he wrote a fiction book and obviously based a character on her. The worst parts ...more

By MC February 17, 2020

Once in a Blue Moon
By Amanda Ashby
4/5 🦄

This book was unexpected and very sweet! The story follows Laney—a widow, a florist, a great friend, and unfortunately the ex of a famous novelist who wrote a book about their entire relationship...making her look like a psycho and a stalker. Even though not a ...more

By Tandy February 09, 2020

I received an ARC of this book to review. What do you get when Amanda fuses humour, romance, broken hearts, still-burning embers of love, angst, humiliation, loss, death, birth, friendship, a sweet canine and flowers galore? Answer: A delightful story that is seriously gripping, funny and swoon-wort ...more

By Diane February 04, 2020

Laney has a secret!

Laney George is finally picking up the pieces of her life after the death of her husband and thinking about dating. Laney never told anybody that she had dated author Adam Fitzpatrick a long time ago when he showed up in town for a book signing. Laney never wanted to see Adam agai ...more

By Jennifer February 19, 2020

Amanda Ashby is a new to me author, and I really did enjoy Once in a Blue Moon, as there's just something about those small town with quirky residents that really entertain me. However, there were just a few things keeping me from giving it the perfect rating. Laney is a florist with a broken heart ...more

By Stella February 21, 2020

This is the first book by Amanda Ashby that I have read, and I enjoyed it! Laney has her life sorted out even though she is a bit lonely. She has wonderful friends and the magic of the town helps her heal after the death of her husband. Adam is a renowned author who just happened to be Laney’s ex (p ...more

By Lindsy March 03, 2020

I read this before I read the first one. I was glad that this could be read as a stand-alone without any trouble.
I felt that this story dragged on a little more than was necessary but I still enjoyed it.
Old and new love come together in this adult romance by Amanda Ashby. I have read a few books b ...more

By Tiffany May 14, 2020

This is another book that tends to read like a Hallmark movie. The Belles of St. Clair series is not my usual genre, but I find myself drawn into the world of quirky characters and intriguing plot lines. Amanda Ashby has created an idyllic little world worth visiting when you open the pages of her n ...more

By Meghan February 21, 2020

Heart tugging moments with the perfect amount of sass had me enjoying my first read from this series. The world building was great and I could really visualize the community and characters. The emotions were clear, even when the character was confused and helped pint a picture of what took place fro ...more

By Delacey February 15, 2020

This book left me with some mixed feelings. I really liked and enjoyed the story, yet I finished the book wondering if I really knew the heroine or if SHE even knew herself. She seemed to spend A LOT of time worrying about what others thought of her and that she conform to some kind of role, but I n ...more

By Kari February 17, 2020

Laney was devastated when her husband passed away and since then she has focused on her business, her dog and her friends. What she doesn’t need is for her first love and the man who broke her heart to re-appear in her life.

Adam regrets not only leaving Laney but that parts of their relationship was ...more

By Alice January 30, 2020

I'm a sucker for a cute, well-written romance and this was spot on. The author painted a beautiful picture of the town of St. Clair and its inhabitants, and created lovable side characters in addition to the main characters. It may not be the most realistic idea to have a famous author stop and stay ...more

By Hsu February 15, 2020

I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest
It was a great book!
Laney and Adam didn't work out, so they broke up.
However, Laney never forgot about Adam.
How can she forget when we wrong a bestsellng book about their break up ?
That is how they reconnect.
Beca ...more

By Aminata February 16, 2020

The story of Laney and Adam was a second-chance, enemies-to-friend, once-in-a-lifetime love story that had all the feels.

I was drawn in from the first line and enjoyed every moment of the story. What made this story even more interesting was the quaint town that made its tourists--and residents--fee ...more

By Slick February 05, 2020

3.5 stars I rounded up for Goodreads...this was an interesting and entertaining story of two people who had a relationship that went sour then he wrote a book that was some fact, but a lot of ficton about their relaitonship that turned into a best seller. Now years later he comes to town on a book t ...more

By Rachel February 19, 2020

A second chance romance for Laney and Adam.
After a chance meeting in the small town where she now lives, Laney wants nothing more than to hide from Adam. When he announces he is staying around for a while longer and they start to spend more time together they realise the old feelings are still there ...more

By Jeanne February 18, 2020

Laney George has been abandoned by the people she loved ever since her childhood and has finally found a place of love and acceptance in the quirky little town of St. Clair. Join her on her journey as her first love sweeps into town, drudging up painful memories of her past and wanting a second chan ...more

By Nati February 12, 2020

A powerful and amazing story about love, loss, forgivinees and happiness. Laney has a broken heart after everyone around her leaves her eventually. Adam was her first love. Now he is in little town Saint Clair where she now loves. They reconnect. But can Laney trust her heart to Adam this time? Awes ...more

By Anie February 20, 2020

There is something about this book. I couldn't put it down, it's such a sweet story and all I wanted is that Laney and Adam find the way back to each other... 💚

Laney and Adam meet when they were young and had a wind whirl romance. When Adam got a job across the country, she didn't go with him, and t ...more

By Annarella February 16, 2020

A sweet story that made me smile, root for the character and wish I lived in a small town like the one described in the story.
It was an engrossing and entertaining read and I strongly recommend it.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine. ...more

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Amanda Ashby

About the author

Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand, where she writes romance, young adult, and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths, and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious, she also writes middle grade books under the name Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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