All Shook UP
by Chelsey Krause
Blog Tour Dates: August 29th – September 2nd 2016
Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?
In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.
All shook up is the story of Natalie Bishop and Casey Nolan, two people who under normal circumstances would never meet. Natalie is a reformed bad girl working as a manager at a thrift store, and volunteer at the local hospital and Casey is a guitar wielding Fire Fighter.
During the process of going through a box that someone donated Natalie finds a picture album containing pictures of someone that looks a lot like her. Being adopted, Natalie has never seen a person who looks like her enough to be related to her. While she has an amazing adopted family, she decides she needs to find out as much information about the person that owns the photo album, which leads her to Casey’s doorstep. Casey donated the box after he moved into his new house, where the box was stored.
Casey decides to help Natalie find her family, sending them on an adventure that brings them closer together.
What first drew me to this story was the fact that it reminded me of a movie I watched with my mom called Memory Book. It was similar in that it was about a woman who finds a photo album and searches for the owner, while falling in love with the guy that decides to help her. Natalie’s journey is a little more personal than the one in the movie, but along the way she meets a great guy and learns more about her past.
The relationship that grows between Casey and Natalie is well written, with them starting as friends, bonding over their adventure to find the woman in the pictures of the photo album and their love for I Love Lucy, to their eventual true feelings for each other. One of the best things about this book is that they did not fall in love in a week. Their relationship developed over time.
The ending of this was great, though I was totally sad when it was over. I felt that both Casey and Natalie grew as characters. Casey realized what he wanted and who he wanted, while Natalie found a part of her that was missing, and in the end realized that she could have all of that plus Casey. Ms. Krause did an amazing job of giving us a love story mixed into a mystery, with some Lucy and Rockabilly thrown in to liven things up. This is one book I will definitely read again.
Chelsey Krause has a thing for thrift stores and used bookshops. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two children, she can often be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether the library would let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.
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