Something Yellow by Laura Templeton

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a honest review.

Something Yellow

Holly has returned to her mountain home in Virgina. It is not a happy return- Holly’s mother is dying and Holly returns to help take care of her in the last months of her life. Holly is upset about her mother, but her life has changed drastically for other reasons, too. Holly has lost her job in Atlanta, she’s put her effort into work and now feels she doesn’t have much to show for all her hard work- no job, no life of her own, and no love life.

Not long after Holly returns to Virginia- a 9 year old girl is reported as missing. Holly has a sense of dread- especially when she finds out that her ex, Houston, is in town. This isn’t the first missing child in Virgina- Holly’s sister, Rachel, has never been found. And Hunter was the last person to see her. Is it just a coincidence that Houston is in town? Or is Houston being in town connected to the missing girl?

Holly, facing her mother’s death, knowing Houston is back in town and the missing girl bringing up memories of Rachel and frustration at never knowing what happened is making Holly reassess life. Reassess why she left and what her next step is. When Holly’s brother comes back- Holly is happy to have the help with their mom. Oliver, though, is distracted at times- and there is a distance between them. Is it a growing apart distance or how siblings relationships are altered after disaster?

Houston proclaims his innocence to Holly- over and over. Should Holly believe him? Has Holly been so blinded by her belief that Houston hurt Rachel that she’s missing the real story?


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I’ll be honest- when Laura Templeton emailed me to ask to consider SOMETHING YELLOW for review, I almost said “no”. My review schedule was stacking up, I had been in a reading slump, and I just wasn’t sure. But, I was intrigued- so I said yes. And I’m glad I did.

SOMETHING YELLOW was not perfect- however, it was a good debut. There was a plot twist that I saw coming and some other small things- some of the story was resolved a bit too easily- however, the whole package was perfectly fine.

For me, I say a definite debut worth reading- Laura Templeton has a flair for words and I’m curious to see her next work.

Enjoyable and interesting- SOMETHING YELLOW encourages you to look beyond appearances and to examine what you want in life.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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4 thoughts on “Something Yellow by Laura Templeton

  1. It’s so exciting to find a good debut author! As a blogger, I feel a certain responsibility to support authors in exchange for the fact that I get so many ARCs. Not a specific obligation to review particular books well, since I think that would be a disservice to the people who read my blog, but kind of a karmic obligation to support the community of authors since they’re the reason my blog exists. So, when I find an indie author or a debut author I can honestly say is awesome, it always makes me happy 🙂

    • YES! Here’s the truth, sad as it is: I can’t read all the books. I just can’t. There are not enough hours in the day to give all the books the fair shake and attention they deserve. BUT, I try really hard to read as much “debut” stuff as I can- because you never know who will be the next big thing AND because YOU WROTE A BOOK- Huzzah! It’s hard to break into that club (imo!)
      But, I can’t read them all- so I pick some, and then others- I support with interviews, etc. This book (Something Yellow) has many earmarks of being a good book- it’s got some drama, some sadness, mystery, family issues, love- and the author actually has a flair for words- it was enjoyable and easy to get sucked into- which is a thumbs up for me!

  2. It really is so easy to get overwhelmed with books! And you definitely want to be supportive, especially of debut and indie authors but it can be too many choices sometimes. It’s great that this was a good debut! It’s not easy to write a great book the first book!

    • EXACTLY. Like, I already do all the She Reads books (which I LOVE), plus host their Twitter chats- so that takes up time. Then I blog. I want to read my OWN books sometimes. And of course keep up with the connections I’ve already made- but at the same time attempt to make new connections. Some days it’s just a bit much. So when I get these indie press emails- I really try to work with them as best as I can- and if I just can’t review, I offer interviews/guest posts (anything to help you get some buzz!)
      This is def one of the better debuts I’ve read (that didn’t come from the big publisher houses). And I’m so hoping that the next book will show her growth as a writer- because she does, does, does have great talent!

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