Books

Novels in the Chilton Crosse Series:


PAINTING THE MOON, Book 1  

*Bestseller in 2015 - Romance/Women's Fiction at Barnes & Noble and Amazon

Available here

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Description:   When Noelle Cooke inherits a cottage from her British aunt, she also inherits a cottage full of secrets--a locked room, an old journal, an art gallery in financial ruin. Noelle never planned to abandon her life in San Diego, never intended to move across the ocean to live in a tiny Cotswold village.  But the idea becomes irresistible, especially with the possibility of saving the gallery. 


And just when Noelle settles into her new village life and starts to discover the cottage's mysteries, someone from her past reappears—her first love, Adam Spencer.  But an impossible barrier stands between them, and Noelle is forced to make a choice.  Will she risk her heart?  Or will she walk away…and lose him all over again?


Reviews:  

"Brilliant, beautiful, and heartwarming. . . Five stars isn't enough.  I'm hooked!"  ~ Tina Moss, of Writing Your Guilty Pleasure
 
"I could taste the shepherd's pie, smell the paint on the canvas, feel the English rain...the perfect novel for a lazy summer afternoon." ~Bibliotica

 
"The kind of stuff classics are made of. . .  It's about true love, family, friendship, old sins, forgiveness, secrets, and everything else." ~Fire Fairy of Bookaholic Fairies, Inc.





Finding the Rainbow, Book 2: a cozy women's fiction/romance with Jane Austen overtones.  Available here.  

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Description


  Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings.  ~Jane Austen


   This is precisely how Holly Newbury would sum up her life. At twenty-eight, she lives in a charming Cotswold village, serving as caretaker to three younger sisters—a rewarding job, but a tedious one.

   Soon, news of a Jane Austen movie filming nearby creates a snap of change in the air.  The villagers become involved as movie extras, and Holly starts up an Emma book club in honor of the film.  At the same time, Holly's own family drama plays out—her sisters experience heartaches and growing pains, while her widowed father finds new love in an unexpected place.

   Most importantly, the film brings with it an American screenwriter named Fletcher Hays, who ends up becoming Holly's very own Mr. Knightley.  But will she realize it too late?


Reviews:

"This turned into a satisfying read that left a smile on my face."  ~Al's Books & Pals Blog


"I love this town and wish I could just jump in and live there....I highly recommend this book to all of you who love sweet and clean romance books with a cozy feel. I am looking forward to reading whatever Traci Borum comes up with next!"  ~Christy's Cozy Corners blog


"The small town saga reminds me a little of the Mitford series by Jan Karon....Finding the Rainbow is everything you expect from a fan of Jane Austen." ~My Love: One Story at a Time blog




Seeking the Star, Book 3 

 Available here.

Description:
    One December night, in the sleepy Cotswold village of Chilton Crosse, a drifter with a mysterious past collapses on George and Mary Cartwright’s snowy doorstep.  During the next few weeks, as Christmas cheer spreads with a Dickens-themed festival, Mary nurtures the stranger, Ben, back to health.

   As Ben gains his strength and starts to trust Mary and George, he lowers the wall he’s so carefully constructed.  But when Christmas Eve arrives, one of his secrets accidentally comes to light, forcing him to confront the darkness of his past—and to rediscover the faith he’d lost months before.  And on that holiest of nights, he finally begins to understand that mercy and forgiveness are meant for him, too.


Reviews:
"This Christmas tale is warm, cozy, tender and full of patient love. Find a warm, comfy chair... and get to know, Ben, Mary, George and Mac. Get reacquainted with friends from previous Chilton Crosse books as you read your first Christmas story of the season. Read it with a box of tissue."  ~review from Katie's Cottage Books

"Traci Borum's story rivals, in my opinion, Jan Karon's tales. . . It is a sweet, joyful, well-written story. I look forward to more from Traci Borum."  ~review from Chat with Vera

"This is the shortest of the three stories so far, but no less inspiring.. . . a wonderful Christmas story with fitting quotes from Charles Dickens at the beginning of each chapter."  ~review from BigAl's Books & Pals  



Savoring the Seasons, Book 4


Available Spring of 2017 (date TBA).

Description:



Julia Bentley has just spent her fortieth birthday doing what she always does—baking treats for the customers in her Cotswold bakery and taking care of her elderly father. She doesn’t realize how stagnant her life has become until a younger man, Tristan Hannigan, arrives at the village and shows interest in her. As Julia grows closer to Tristan, he begins to season her mundane days and to challenge her insecurities about herself and how she views the world. 

But the relationship is threatened when Julia’s doubts become too great, and the secret she’s afraid to reveal creates a wedge between them.  Will Julia choose the easy route, slipping back into her daily routine and living without love? Or will she find the courage to follow her heart and accept the love she deserves?


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Inspirations:




Della Sandifer, artist
The header at the top of this website is an actual painting that my grandmother, Della (age 92), made for me.  She was an inspiration for Book 1, which contains a character who's an artist.  I went to my grandmother (and my mother, also an artist) many times for research in that area. 

When she read my novel, my grandmother gave me a painting of an English village as a surprise for my birthday.  It captures the feel and tone of the book in such a perfect way that I knew it deserved a place at the top of my site.



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Occasionally, someone will ask me what's inspired me to write a certain novel. And I have no doubt that, for PAINTING THE MOON (as well as the brainstorming for the whole Chilton Crosse series), my inspiration was a trip I took with my grandmother to the UK when I was seventeen:
English Countryside
Balloon Festival in Bath



  

 






Shakespeare's Home



We visited the British Isles in a whirlwind 3-week bus tour. Seeing England in person---the busy streets of London, the quaint city of Bath, the countryside of the Cotswolds, the home of Shakespeare---is what inspired me to set my novel series there twenty years later. The hours spent on that bus, while everyone was asleep except me, soaking up all the still-vivid images of monuments and fields and people we passed, likely produced this passage (from PAINTING THE MOON):

"The moment they left London's congestion, something in the air changed. Noelle lowered her window to breathe it in. That something. That crisp, delicious, heady fragrance only the English country air could offer. Strong enough to clear her senses of the stale cigar odor that permeated the cab.

The sun winked at her through dark clouds, filtering shadow and light onto the ground. She took in everything: the clusters of sheep grazing the manicured, patchwork fields; the uneven, stocky stone walls that divided properties; the occasional abandoned cottages, hundreds of years old. Remnants of another time. All as picture-perfect as she recalled."