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Peek Inside What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor?

After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor moved from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair––and took over the local bookstore. Soon Paige discovers that reinventing herself takes more than just a change of address and a pithy quote on Instagram. She needs to face the truth about her life, and that’s something she can’t do alone.

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After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor cracks up. On her tenth self-help book, it seemed like a good idea at the time to reinvent herself––move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair––and take over the local bookstore.

But instead of discovering her spiritual Nirvana, she’s neck-deep in a floundering business, the locals treat her like a plague victim, and her mom’s suddenly decided to visit––with no end in sight––and keeps coming home with one surprise after the next.

Added to that pot of crazy, the one guy who sets her pulse racing has sworn off women forever. He’s got a Samsonite filled with baggage, but damn he looks good hauling it down the street. And giving her those sexy half-smiles. And tempting her to take him for a test ride.

Soon Paige discovers that reinventing herself takes more than just a change of address and a pithy quote on Instagram. She needs to face the truth about her life, and that’s something she can’t do alone.

Praise

“This is a sweet romance! A Bookshop, a super stressed woman, grumpy man, and a love story. This has a very Netflix movie feel to it!” -Allison D., NetGalley

“This is a truly entertaining fun read.  Paige is a fantastic character and going on her journey for a fresh start in life was a wild crazy ride.” -Bette H., Goodreads

“Ms. Ashby's books always have a tremendous sense of humor and this one is no different. I found myself laughing multiple times as I read, not even caring that I was in a room full of people.” -Heather P., NetGalley

“This was definitely a feel good warm fuzzies romance.” -Tracie’s World of Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636866
Series: The Belles of St. Clair, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 12, 2018
Page Count: 349
Imprint: august
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fish out of water, opposites attract

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By Fizza November 14, 2018

I loved it! It's such an adorable story with amazing characters and a small town setting. Paige's life is a mess. She is a people pleaser and needs to learn how to say 'no.' After a bad break-up, she really needs to start over. So she buys a bookshop in a small town and moves away. Everyone think... ...more

By Christina October 19, 2018

Fun, tender and utterly captivating, Amanda Ashby's What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? is guaranteed to give you all the feels! ...more

By Katie November 13, 2018

#HappyPubDay to this gorgeous book! What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is about Paige Taylor, a book publisher from New York City. After discovering that her fiancé is cheating on her, Paige leaves her big city life behind and buys a bookstore in the small town of St. Clair, Or... ...more

By Konny November 14, 2018

What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is a slow burn sweet romance.
Meet Paige Taylor, she's a 36 year old woman and she's about to start over. Her friends call her crazy, but she's had enough of her cheating ex and now it's a new life, new town, new business and new everything.
Onl... ...more

By Sandra November 14, 2018

What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby is a fabulously fun and entertaining read.

This is the book that will make you laugh, will make you cry and yearn for new beginning as you root for Paige to finally have it all.
After a horrible break up, Paige decides to buy a bookstore in a ti... ...more

By Heather November 12, 2018

This book has cursing including a couple of f-bombs, but no sex. If cursing will cause you to leave a bad review you should probably skip this story.

What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? is a really cute story from start to finish. I thought Paige was great – her ability to take care of her self... ...more

By Melena November 17, 2018

I loved this book!

Paige Taylor needs a change in her life. Inspired by her favorite self-help book Just Say No, she moves from New York City to a small town in Oregon and takes over the local bookstore. There she meets Luke and his daughter Kira who become big parts of her new life.

Amanda Ashby h... ...more

By Bette November 11, 2018

This is a truly entertaining fun read. Paige is a fantastic character and going on her journey for a fresh start in life was a wild crazy ride. She has a bookstore that is about to go under since the townspeople seem to want nothing to do with her. Adding to her craptastic life, her mother shows... ...more

By Tracie November 12, 2018

I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor?
Series: Belles of St. Clair Book 1
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance, Small town Romance
Author: Amanda Ashby
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: November 12, 2018

I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from Au... ...more

By Sandie November 13, 2018

A sweet and quirky read Paige and her inner dialogue made me snicker. Luke is like most people- feeling guarded. Come along and discover the chemistry between Paige and Luke.
I received this book via Netgalley and this is my review. ...more

By Gwen November 14, 2018

What a lovely and charming story this was! A new to me author(but that will change) has written a story that is quirky and funny at the same time. A well-paced read, it was totally enjoyable during a cold and snowy weekend. ...more

By Sara October 28, 2018

Fabulous book. Light-hearted and witty. I highly recommend it. ...more

By Shia November 12, 2018

Rating 4/5

This fun-fulled ride following Paige as she starts a new life was a perfect read to get me out of a slump! It was witty and fantastic - full of surprises and hot chemistry! I definitely felt I was part of Paige's conscious with the internal dialogue she has with herself but it just adde... ...more

By Vivian October 28, 2018

ARC Review: What Were You Thinking Paige Taylor?

I loved the writing style of this book! It hooked me and it was such an entertaining read. From the very start of the book, Paige is explained and how she is. I was able t fully comprehend what this book is about and I wasn’t confused as to what wa... ...more

By Gizzit November 18, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It’s friendly and warm and I loved the small town shenanigans. ...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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