REVIEW – “City Beautiful” by CM Foss

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Patrick Thompson is all city, all the time. A young doctor, once full of passion, now disillusioned by the practice, he sets off across the country, intent on a small breather before a fresh start.

Ivy Lang loves the country way. So much so that she’s created a place where others can experience her ideas of the fundamentals for both mind and body. The life is perfect for her, carefully cultivated by her own hands.

He’s waiting for something to inspire him.

She finds inspiration all around her.

But when a chance meeting turns their worlds upside down, can they come together to create something beautiful?


andra's review

City Beautiful was one of the top reads of my friend Maggie and when given the chance to read it I took it instantly. This is my second CM Foss book, after previously having read Jock, and I fell in love with the story and these wonderful characters she created. 

Told in dual POV, City Beautiful follows Ivy and Patrick, two very different, but somewhat similar characters. After enduring as much loss as she could in the big city, Ivy moved away from all the commotion. She’s now settled in a little rural area, where she owns a bed and breakfast, and a little farm that she’s incredibly proud of. Despite having everything she needs, she’s lonely and emotionally detached from every possible suitor.  In comes Patrick who’s on a cross country trip, from Texas to New York, where he’s set to start his new job. After a day and night of heartwarming sharing, a night they said will only stay that, they find themselves in a bit if a predicament when the unexpected happens. 

One thing I loved about this story, as with every CM Foss, is that the love story and the characters’ development, or self discovery in this case, take center stage and that for me is always a plus. I adored seeing Ivy show Patrick how to let go, how to let go of a stiff suit in exchange for a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. But more than anything I was mesmerized by the change in Ivy – her emotional transformation was shown to us through pages and pages on incredible tender moments between her and every other character in this book. 

The writing is what made this book a top read for me  – it flows naturally and beautifully, it’s easy to follow and get lost in this country world the author has created. CM Foss painted vivid images of this little farm, of a city girl who’s alluring not only for the hero, but for the reader as well – I would leave the city in a heartbeat if I could go and spend just a few days in the company of Ivy and Mr Moto and learn to take advantage of all the things self sufficient life has to offer.

5 ‘city beautiful’ stars for this story that shows that you can find happiness when you least expect it, in the weirdest of circumstances. It takes one moment to change your life forever.

***ARC given by the author in exchange for an honest review***


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meet the author

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CM Foss is a hopeless romantic with a love for the written word. When she was little, her mom would ration her books so she wouldn’t go through them too quickly. It didn’t matter, she would just re-read. She’s always been an avid equestrian, competing in the top levels of Three Day Eventing by age seventeen. CM now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and kids where they own and operate their own equestrian business, as well as raising grass-fed, sustainable meats. She doesn’t have this thing people call “free time”, but she does spend a weird amount of time writing, reading, playing with her kids, milking goats, and drinking wine, while avoiding bananas at all costs. Other books by CM Foss include Shiver, Swoon, and City Beautiful.


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