Starting Over on Blackberry Lane: A Romance Novel

Starting Over on Blackberry Lane: A Romance Novel

by Sheila Roberts

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Time for a Change—or Three!

Stefanie Stahl has a husband with renovation ADD. He can't seem to finish anything he starts and her house is littered with his "projects." If he doesn't smarten up, she swears she's going to murder him and bury him under the pile of scrounged lumber in the backyard.

Her friend Griffin James is suddenly single and thinking maybe she needs to sell her fixer-upper and follow her career bliss up the ladder of success, even if that scary ladder is clear across the country. Getting her place ready to sell proves harder than she originally thought. She needs help.

She's not the only one. Cass Wilkes, their neighbor, has an empty nest—with a leaking roof. When her ceiling crashes in, she knows it's time to do something. When Grant Masters offers his handyman services at a fund-raiser auction, the three women go in together to outbid the competition and win their man. (Cass's friends think she should win Grant in a different way, too!) Now it's time to make some improvements…in their houses and their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330035
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Life in Icicle Falls , #10
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 235,154
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have been published in several languages. Her book, Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark . You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (

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Starting Over on Blackberry Lane: A Romance Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I have yet to met a book by Sheila Roberts that I didn't love and Starting Over on Blackberry Lane is another winner! I love the characters! They are so real, so lovable and people I could easily meet in my own neighborhood, except for maybe Grant! And everyone of her books has the added bonus of her unique humor that only she can write in her own special way. Three ladies that live in Icicle Falls have home repair issues that need attending. Cass is divorced and her roof has caved into her dining room. Griffin has just dumped her boyfriend and needs help painting her house inside and out so she can sell it. And last but not least is Stef, who has a husband, but he has a habit of starting home improvement projects but never finishing them. Her house is a wood pile, sawdust disaster! In steps Grant Masters. He's 62, retired, and bored to death. He decides to start a handyman business called Honey Do. It doesn't hurt that he's an exact clone of George Clooney! He will be in big demand, especially with the widow ladies of Icicle Falls. Will Grant have the skills to help these three ladies? How does this affect the marriage of Stef? Will Cass stay lonely? And does Griffin sell her house to be able to achieve her dreams in New York, or does meeting Grant's son put doubts in her mind? There is romance in Starting Over on Blackberry Lane, yes there is! And lots of fun! Find a comfortable chair, grab some cookies and a cup of tea, and escape to Icicle Falls, no plane ticket needed. I love my visits there and hate for them to end! I received this book from the author and was not under any obligation to write a review, positive or otherwise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was a great read and the characters you read about are very relatable. The town it is set in sounds like the perfect place to live also. If you one for a book that makes you feel good and wish you could move there this is a book for you. Everyone in life has to start over and most don't have the group to help them through it but this shows you the struggles and can be over come with just a little faith.
Pearl39771 More than 1 year ago
Sheila Roberts has written another wonderful book about the citizens of Icicle Falls, Washington. The book is, as always, written in such a way that I am hooked right away! I love reading her books. And, learning about her characters that live in this tiny town and how their lives intersect with each other. Starting Over on Blackberry Lane involves three friends living on the lane. Each friend needs to have remodeling done on their homes for one reason or another. But, we also learn they need some remodeling done in their lives too. Stefanie has a husband that suffers from remodeling ADHD. He impulsively tears up the house with the best intentions, but, wanders off the task before the dust settles. Cass, being divorced and a new empty nester, does not need after a good rain, her ceiling to be lying on the dining room table her grandmother had given her. And Griffin, a newly single budding photographer, has dreams of moving to New York but, owns a house that needs a lot of sprucing up if it is going to be marketable. Sheila weaves the citizens of her town into her story and by the time you reach the last page, each friend has a new start and a happy ending! I enjoyed it very much and recommend this book highly.
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ethel55 More than 1 year ago
In this visit to Icicle Falls, the story swings between three women at different stages in their lives, who are friends and come together to bid on a handyman for a local charity auction. I think I liked Cass, the baker, the best. She seemed on the ball, but ready for the romance that was possibly heading her way. Stef and Brad, the married couple living in renovation chaos, were almost too similar. Neither was thinking very highly of the other via their actions. I thought I would worry more about Griffin, but her idea of starting over seems to have taken shape alright. Icicle Falls has built most of its' economy ion tourism and the local chocolate factory. The town harks back to the style of a Bavarian village, and although the mysterious apparition of Icicle Falls doesn't play as big a role in this story, it's still a nice touch for the series. Everything ties up with various happy endings that are sure to bring a smile to your face.
KKAbsherWrites More than 1 year ago
A visit to Icicle Falls is always a fun one. Sheila's books are some of my favorites to get lost in and this one is no exception. Her characters read like real people, her settings jump off the page and the friendships she builds are extraordinary. There is always humor and heartfelt emotions on every page. You won't be disappointed when you open the pages and dive into this latest adventure. I would leave more, but it is always hard for me to write a long review without spoilers and I don't want you to read spoilers in a review without reading the book yourself. I was given a reader ARC in exchange for my honest review and that is exactly what I left in the above paragraph.
danlovesmary More than 1 year ago
Although it's Springtime in Icicle Falls, emotions are feeling pretty frosty for some of the residents along Blackberry Lane. Starting Over on Backberry Lane is the much-anticipated next visit to Sheila Roberts' Icicle Falls, a delightful small town in Washington, based loosely on wonderful Leavenworth, Washington. This is #10 in the series, but like all the rest, can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. ~ Empty-nester (not to mention empty bed) Cass comes home to find most of her dining room ceiling has fallen in a soggy mess. ~ Young mom, Stephanie, is ready to throttle her husband when she discovers yet another remodeling project begun in their home ... with 2 or 3 still half-finished. ~ Newly "dis-engaged" Griffin, is a gifted photographer ready to make her big career move to New York City . She's bitten off more than she can chew with all the fixing up that her fixer-upper needs before she can sell it and leave Icicle Falls behind. Icicle Falls is full of people you'll remember and love, even if this is your first visit. There's a new man in town, however, who is getting more than his fair share of attention. Is it because he drives a truck, carries tools, and knows how to use them? Or is it because he's a dead-ringer for a certain mega movie star? Offering his handyman company services to the local charity auction seems like the right thing to do for his new hometown ... doesn't it? Three good friends, all in need of a handyman, one great looking guy, what could go wrong? There's a whole lot that goes right in this fun, warm, and easy to relate to book. Sheila Roberts has created an unforgettable community that always feels like home. I found this book to be especially engaging for me as the story flows in and out through the different characters, tying their lives together, bringing my own grown kids to mind, as well as memories of my own empty nest.
poohbearPA More than 1 year ago
Starting Over On Blackberry Lane is a A PLUS story. I love how Sheila puts you into all of her characters heads, you know what their thinking, then they (the characters) usually say what the think should be said. Sheila has her very own writing style, it's like you know Sheila through her writing. She makes you extreamly comfortable. I love how she can make you feel like your in the story watching it all play out. This is part of a series, however, it can be read as a stand alone. I guarantee that if you read this before any other's you'll read the series backwards, it's that good. This about 3 women who all need some sort of repairs on their homes. Stef has a great husband, but he can't seem to finish any projects (home repair) that he starts. Griffin and her fiance break up and she's left with house repairs that her ex was going to do, needless to say they didn"t get finished. Cass comes home from work with her roof sitting on her dining room table. These 3 very good friends decide to bid for 1 day of home repair done by the new guy to icicle falls, they win the bid. Grant the home reapir man is a very nice man, he cares way to much about certain thimgs. This is a book that is most certainly a beach read. You wont go wrong with this story. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got Starting Over on Blackberry Lane by Sheila Roberts in the mail a little over a week ago. Unfortunately, I was away for the weekend and then welcomed a new grandbaby into the family on Monday, so, I did not really get to start the book until then or I’d have finished reading it a whole lot quicker! This book somewhat follows the format of the previous one in the series, Three Christmas Wishes (which came out in October) in that it contains the stories of three friends and at the same time, the author allows the reader to catch up with characters from the previous “Life In Icicle Falls” novels. First there’s Stefanie, whose husband starts a project around the house and then moves on to another before he finishes the first. Second is her friend Griffin who has grown apart from her fiancé and they split up. She decides it is time to preform cosmetic surgery on her house, sell it and move to NYC in order to take her career to the next level. And finally, there’s Cass, who we met previously in Merry Ex-mas. In this novel, Cass comes home one day to find her dining room ceiling on her dining room table. The three decide to pool their resources in order to “win” handyman, Grant in a local fundraising auction, in order to jump start their various “honey-do” projects. This is when the fun begins! When these three friends start getting their houses worked on, their lives begin to take them in directions they did not always see coming. I’ve been a huge fan of author Ms. Roberts since I picked up and read Small Change in 2010. Ultimately, I read seven of her books in that year and now (impatiently) wait for every new one to be published. This one is no different; it made me laugh, cry and cheer for the three friends. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a member of Ms. Roberts' street team and got this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I just love visiting Icicle Falls. In this story we meet three ladies that live on Blackberry Lane and need renovations, just not on their homes but in their personal lives too. They pool their money together and hire newcomer, handyman Grant to help with their renovations. Not only do you get two romances, but you have the emotional ties of Cass, Stephanie and Griffin, who have a strong friendship and help each other out in their personal lives. While reading I did shed some tears, happy and sad. I highly recommend that you take a visit in Icicle Falls.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
Since this is a Sheila Roberts book of course I loved it. I have not read one of her books yet that I have not loved. I liked how it had three story lines in one. We also got to see all of our old friends from Icicle Falls. It was fun watching Cass toy around by with the idea of having a man in her life. Steph's story line kind of reminded me of my own husband, so many projects but none done. Then there is Griffin who I completely understand what she is going through with the things her family has said. I have my own experiences with things like that. I did feel bad for her in her relationship. They were all pulled together by the lovely Grant. I loved his personality and how he interacted with all the ladies from Icicle Falls. Each of these three stories had a way of pulling at your emotions. I really liked the end and am now looking forward to the next chapter in our friends life.
19364729 More than 1 year ago
Sheila Roberts is at her best with this installment of the Icicile Falss series. Three friends all at the crossroads of their lives are looking for one thing peace and sanity. Cass a single middle aged woman needs repairs on her house Griffin a young (once engaged) woman needs a home makeover and Stef just needs her husband to finally finish something he starts!. Thats where recently widowed handyman Grant Masters comes in to play, However he didn’t expect to be this popular. If your looking for something that has humor heart and laughter all while not dirty this is a series and book for you.
Melindasoo More than 1 year ago
Oh My Gosh! With every book in this series, I love Icicle Falls more and more. The so familiar town and the old faces mingling with the new makes me feel like I've come home with each page turned. You can't help falling in love with Shielas characters over and over again. And being a woman in my forties, married to a man in his sixties made this story resonate with my life even more. Having Cass fall for an "older" man and for Grant not wanting to admit that it's ok to date someone younger is something that many couples deal with on a daily basis. How one handyman can bring about about a whole lotta change in three women's lives is such fun to see. I was rooting for Steph, dealing with her not so "handyman" husband to realize that it's ok to let someone help. And poor Griffin trying to decide what is next in her life after her not so romantic fiancé went back to live on his parents couch. The struggle with moving on, or building on what she already has was a true testament of the power of friends. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading a true romance. Real love in a small town. The paths these women take to find their true strength is a fascinating read and I can't wait until the next chapter in Sheila's next book.
miafaccheeMP More than 1 year ago
Three women, one hunky handyman. What's a girl to do? Three friends in need of home improvements decide to combine forces & bid for the new town handyman in a charity auction. They get more than they bargained for, in so many ways. This newest installment in the Icicle Falls series is as wonderful as the ones before it, & will leave you wanting more. I can't wait to read Sheila's next book! (I was sent an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story filled with all the emotion I've come to expect of Sheila Roberts when she takes us back to Icicle Falls and all the incredible residents of this fictional small town. This story follows the tight friendship of Cass, Stephanie, and Griffin. Each at a different phase in life but still there for each other to help guide and support as life's trials come up. This story will push all the emotional buttons and leave you with a nice warm glow as you reflect on your own relationships. This is definitely a book I would recommend to everyone.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Sheila Roberts has a style that's all her own. What originally drew me to her as an author is the intricate way she has of interweaving multiple players into one storyline. She allows readers to feel more like a family friend than an interloper. Simple stories told in a unique way that blend heart, life lessons and realistic scenarios to create a great escape into a heartwarming new world. Through the eyes of divorcee, a single lady and a happily married but equally frustrated wife, Starting Over On Blackberry Lane examines the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and starting over in a purely organic almost therapeutic way. For a little while Ms. Roberts took me outside of my comfort zone and gave me a better appreciation of life, love and happiness.
Lisa11LA More than 1 year ago
Sheila Roberts, Starting Over on Blackberry Lane, was like coming home. The story is set in her fictional town of Icicle Falls, Washington. The town and the characters are so idyllic. Stephanie, Griffin, and Cass are three friends with three separate remodeling issues. When a hot new contractor, Grant Masters, comes to town, his talents are auctioned off at a local fundraiser. The girls, in desperate need of his help, decide to chip in together to win him and share him in their renos. What happens after is classic Sheila Roberts. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. So join the girls and their remodeling antics. It might just inspire you to want to hire a Grant Masters to do some remodeling of your own.