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When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England.

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Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
3.5 stars upgraded to four stars for this romance with just a little mystery from Traci Borum.

Noelle is lured to the Cotswolds from San Diego following the death of her Aunt Joy, a renowned artist. Unhappy in her job, and faced with an irate boss who objects to extending her time off so that she can tidy up her aunt's estate, Noelle throws in her job and remains in England, determined to save her aunt's gallery from the financial ruin it is facing.

A locked room in the cottage, her aunt's journal
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Monty J Heying
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I have trouble classifying this as a Romance novel or Women's Fiction because Wuthering Heights is my only basis for comparison. I know little about those genres.

I was moved by this book because the characters showed me what was in their hearts and after closing the book I felt a sense of loss, wondering what happens next in their lives.

The scene that moved me was when Noelle sees Adam for the first time in fourteen years. It is a surprise meeting to both Noelle and the reader, arranged by Noel
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Meghan
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to start off with saying that I am not a big romance book fan, but I am a big fan of Red Adept Publishing and have read several of the books they have published, either really liking or loving each one. When the email came in about this one, the book description sounded interesting and, having read no bad book by them yet, I decided to give it a try.

As a whole, I liked the story. It was cute and I found the characters interesting. I liked how the romance didn't just happen overnight, but
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Ruth
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Noelle is unsettled in her life and job in San Diego. The best part of her life is her house right on the beach but even that will change as her roommate gets married and leaves. She receives a letter from a lawyer in London discovering the her beloved aunt, who had some horrific event occur causing her to become a recluse, has died. She has inherited her aunt's cottage and art gallery in England. Noelle decides to return to take care of cleaning out and selling her aunt's cottage and gallery. H ...more
Monica Tomasello
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was an enjoyable easy read.
Anna
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out my review on Diary of an Eccentric
Elana Bourgeois
I enjoyed this book. It was a bit nostalgic for me because of its setting. It brought memories to mind of my life way back when I lived in England. It was a nice summer read. Clean, with a few little mysteries, I guess you could say. It kept your interest because you wanted answers. It wasn’t one of those OMG books but still enjoyable.
Andrea Randall
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For those of you over 30, ever felt like you have lived multiple lives, and felt a rip in the space time continuum when those past lives collided together? Has a trip down memory lane ever left you wondering “Am I really living and how disappointed would my younger self be with me now?” Sorry for the integration, but it is relevant to my review.

Traci Borum’s Painting The Moon takes us on a literary journey that will hit all too close to home for many of us. As adults, we need to stop weighing r
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sue
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Sometimes I love to read Women's fiction. I think that is where I would put this genre.

Because this was set in Great Britain it was a treat for me to read as I am of course from Great Britain in the UK. There is always something endearing to me in reading a book with places I know are mentioned that I actually heard of or now about.

This is Nota sizzling hot read with lots of bedroom sex, so if you are looking for that, this isn't it. Ifyou are looking for family life, gentle romance and family
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Tina Moss
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, beautiful, and heartwarming story about love in all it's wondrous facets. Borum's use of color and imagery, inspired by the snippets of painting advice laced throughout the book, make the novel rich, vibrant, and alive with feeling. Each quote of artistic instruction to start the chapter resonates as a kind guide about life as well as art. I rooted for Noelle the entire time, looking at her through the lens of a big sister and wishing her to succeed. I connected with best friend Jill ...more
Lisa
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun light read that I would classify as women's fiction. The characters has enough depth to keep it from slipping into 'chick lit' territory. It's set in England and is about a great niece who inherits her aunt's estate in England. Her aunt had some secrets that her niece, Noelle, slowly unveils throughout the book. All in all it was a fun read that is perfect for summer.
Brooke
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this one off Amazon for free because I thought the plot sounded unique. I wasn't disappointed. I usually read more gritty noir type mysteries but I do like the occasional mystery that is more light-hearted. The primary plot revolves around Noelle Cook. I won't rehash the basic plot as you can read that in the summary - what I will say is, I like Noelle. I can't connect with a book when I can't get invested in the main character. Noelle is a solid lead, she's believable and likable. You wan ...more
Denali
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great romance

This book was amazing. It had such a poignant romance with tons of emotion. Loved this novel. Now onto the next
MaryEmily Duncan
Painting the Moon

The title of this book was intriguing. I enjoy books with history set in England. Noelle, Jill, Adam, Grammy, Aunt Joy, Mac, Laurel, and the Cotswold are the heart of this beautiful story. Painting the Moon brought joy, tears, and love. The author has done a incredible book and I look forward to reading more of her books.
T.H. Hernandez
For a San Diegan who loves England enough to consider moving there, Painting the Moon spoke to me in more than ways than one. I had to Google pictures of the Cotswolds, but once I did, I knew I'd be all over that opportunity if I was Noelle. Noelle is in a dead-end job, although she lives on the beach, so that's almost a wash. But she has no love life and a jerk of a boss, so not sure the beach house wins out any more. When her great aunt passes away, leaving her entire estate to Noelle, she fli ...more
A Klue
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a romantic, angst-filled, second chance at love read, you may want to consider Painting the Moon by Traci Borum. There is no physical drama here or “make you blush” steamy scenes, my romance book-loving friends. It’s all about the emotions. Ms. Borum proves you don’t need a lot of dirty talk to speak the language of love. Instead, she uses longing, regret, memories, innocent touches, and stolen glances to convey the main couple’s chemistry.
Noelle has never gotten over her
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you are looking for a charming series, set in the idyllic countryside of Cotswold, filled to the brim with delightful and charming characters, you can't help but love, then look no further than Tracy Borum's Chilton Crosse series. In Painting the Moon, the first novel in the series, we are introduced to the small town of Chilton Crosse, buried in a quaint English village. Noelle Cooke has made the journey to the town after hearing of her late aunt Joy's death. She has 3 days leave from her em ...more
Cresta McGowan
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Can I please just say how much I love this novel. I mean truly love it. Traci Borum is a fantastic writer and has a gift for transporting a reader to a new place from the comfort of their living sipping tea along with the characters in the precious town of Chilton Crosse. I'm moving there, by the way. #livinginabook

When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, co
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Pam
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Painting the Moon (Chilton Crosse Book 1) is by Traci Borum. It is an excellent book and is a delightful read. It is one that can be read in one sitting or you can draw it out into multiple readings and relish each one. It deals with relationships and dealing with those that go wrong. Second chances are addressed as well as family betrayal. It is a romance and a mystery at the same time. It is also the story of friendships that last over years even when you don’t see each other.
Noelle Cooke is
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Donna McBroom-Theriot
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Painting the Moon. It was enchanting, romantic and adventurous. One of the only ways I can explain just how much I enjoyed the book and the author's writing style (which I hope to read more of) is to use a few of my favorite quotes from the book. I'm sure you'll agree once you've experience the writing.

"...her aunt had proclaimed it the most beautiful sheep she had ever seen, and Noelle had believed her. They painted every summer after that. Noelle still heard the swishy brushstrokes, s
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Nucking Futs the Fire Fairy Book-a-holic
From the first chapter, Painting The Moon has captivated me with its picturesque settings. I’ve always wanted to visit quaint little villages in Great Britain and this was set in just one. The setting was beautifully written and I can perfectly imagine what the place looks like.
For me, Painting The Moon is more of a women’s fiction than romance. In fact, the romance aspect of the story a bit bland. Which is just perfect for this kind of story. It’s a great book and definitely entertaining to re
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Linda
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This story begins with Noelle Cooke receiving a letter from England that her Great Aunt Joy passed away and she has been named executor and sole heir of her estate. Putting her life in San Diego on hold, she heads to the quaint little village of Chilton Crosse to settle affairs as quickly as possible. As Noelle reminisces about her summers spent with her Gram and Great Aunt Joy in England, old family secrets become apparent and Noelle is compelled to uncover the mysteries surrounding the last te ...more
Kelly Smith Reviews
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the latest new release from Red Adept Publishing, Painting The Moon by Traci Borum, we're given a rare, beautiful, mysterious love story that is about so much more than two lovers.

It's clean romance, which is rare enough these days, and it hits so much deeper than anything I've read lately (and I've read a lot!).


Noelle spent her teenage summers in a London suburb, with her Gram and her lovable, artistic Aunt Joy. There she made two wonderful friends, Jill and Adam, and made memories to last
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Christy
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.

I, like the author, love all things British. One of my favorite shows right now is Doc Martin, which you can find on Netflix. It's set in a cozy little town in Cornwall. This beautifully written book is set in a cozy little town in the Cotswolds. Best of all, it is a clean romance. (There's a little bit of language but not much.)

Noell is just existing in San Diego. Though she's got a lucrative job, she doesn't really like her boss and
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Angel Hatfield
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Noelle always sought the ocean during troubling times and did again when she got a letter postmarked from London. She read that her aunt Joy had died. Noelle thought about summers spent with her grandmother and aunt they had taught her how to paint, enjoy literature, and love life. She had been to see her aunt in 14 years since she had been 17. Her aunt had a meltdown and none knew why then her aunt basically became a recluse. Noelle had tried to call and write with no answers. Then Noelle recei ...more
SmartBitches
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

The cover of this book got to me. Then I read it was about a small town in the Cotswolds, and off I went. I’m not lying when I say travel within books is 212% my catnip.

This book had a good balance of revealing the mystery, introducing the town and the way of life in the Cotswolds, and allowing Noelle to figure things out at a pace that was interesting for the reader and didn’t make Noelle look like an idiot. If anything, she was very smart and emot
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sue
Sometimes I love to read Women's fiction. I think that is where I would put this genre.

Because this was set in Great Britain it was a treat for me to read as I am of course from Great Britain in the UK. There is always something endearing to me in reading a book with places I know are mentioned that I actually heard of or now about.

This is Nota sizzling hot read with lots of bedroom sex, so if you are looking for that, this isn't it. Ifyou are looking for family life, gentle romance and family
...more
Kari
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, ipad
I really enjoyed Painting the Moon. It captured my attention from the first page and I didn't put it down until the end. It is such a sweet story about finding home and love and getting a second chance. Noelle gets that when she goes to England to settle her great-aunt's estate. Through the "surprises" that her aunt left her, she is able to work through her feelings on the past and figure out what she wants for her life. I loved the way the village embraced her and accepted her as one of their o ...more
Cheryl
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second chances...

What a wonderful tale this was! I enjoyed it from the very first page and felt like I knew every character in it intimately.

I ended up wanting friends just like Jill and Adam and a life just like Noelle had in the Cotswolds in her perfect little cottage.

The prose flowed smoothly; the descriptions soared and swooped and enticed; the characters were like old friends.

I'm excited that there might be a sequel to this tale. I don't whether it would continue with the existing character
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Connie
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How would you like a trip to the beautiful English countryside? Then go with Noelle to claim an inheritance and find mystery and romance as well. This book is beautifully written. The characters are easy to get to know but the one who really comes alive for me is Mr. Darcy! You know how you want the book to end, but events don't seem to be heading the desired direction. It is refreshing to read a romance that is truly about the heart and not all about sex. I really enjoyed the preface at the fir ...more
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Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.

Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy acc
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