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New York executive Julie Tate knows what it takes to win in the financial world, but her big-city success could never prepare her for her latest career move. When her brother abandons the failing family farm, Julie hopes its salvation lies in transforming it into western Massachusetts’s newest premier wedding venue. With her social-savvy friend Freddy in her corner, JulieNew York executive Julie Tate knows what it takes to win in the financial world, but her big-city success could never prepare her for her latest career move. When her brother abandons the failing family farm, Julie hopes its salvation lies in transforming it into western Massachusetts’s newest premier wedding venue. With her social-savvy friend Freddy in her corner, Julie feels infallible. But as their bank account dwindles and one obstacle after another crops up, the business partners wonder if their venture is doomed for failure before the first bride walks down the aisle. Maybe the best way to succeed in a business based on romance is to find one. ...

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  • Sue
    2019-01-18 22:16

    Julie and her brother are co-owners of Jingle Valley Farm in western Massachusetts. Julie has a high powered job in NYC and her brother manages the farm. As the novel begins, her brother has decided that he wants a new life and he leaves the farm to move to Arizona, hoping that Julie will agree with him to sell the farm. Julie and her best friend Freddie, decide to renovate the house and barn to make it a bread and breakfast and a party and wedding venue. With the cost of renovations rising and their income starting to fall, Julie and Freddie begin to wonder if they've made a mistake.This was a quick, fun book to read. Julie and Freddie were very likable characters and I enjoyed their friendship. They met a lot of quirky people when they moved to the farm but had a lot of problem finding people to date. Even though the book had an ending, there were enough characters that I think there could and should be a sequel. I would definitely like to read about them again. I plan to go back and read some of this author's earlier books.

  • Ann
    2019-02-08 02:02

    I have loved each book that I have read by this author, and I got this one the minute it was released. I was not disappointed. It is a wonderful read with delightful characters and a story line that I thoroughly enjoyed. Julie is a New York executive that is notified by her brother that he is wanting to sell the farm that has been in the family for generations. She is determined that will not happen and it was definitely interesting following her and her best friend Freddy as they try to transition the farm to a venue for weddings and other events. I wasn't ready for their story to end and hope there will be another book to follow where this one left off.

  • Teresa Kander
    2019-02-16 01:04

    This is a new to me author, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. It was a quick, easy read with plenty of likable characters--and a few not so likable ones. The friendship between Julie and Freddie is incredibly well-written. I also enjoyed following Thomas's new life in Arizona, and the renovation of the farm into a wedding venue. Freddie and Julie meet some interesting and quirky people who add to the enjoyment of the story. I hope that we get to read more about this characters in the future.**I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

  • Michelle A. Vezina
    2019-02-16 22:09

    Love it.I enjoyed this book very much. I grew to really like Julie and Freddy like new friends. Thanks Martha for another wonderful story. I would like to read more about them. Another book?

  • Kathleen
    2019-01-28 20:19

    A Jingle Valley Wedding is a delightful romance story of family tradition, friendship, and new beginnings.Author Martha Reynolds weaves an enjoyable romance tale told in the alternating third person narrative, and set in NYC, Phoenix, Arizona, and Dalton, Massachusetts, that follows the journey of siblings Julie and Thomas Tate, who decide to make major changes in their lives.Thirty-four year old Julie Tate is a career driven financial executive living in NYC. Julie's thirty-six year old brother Thomas manages Jingle Valley Farms, their generational family farm in the small Western Massachusetts town of Dalton. A few days before Christmas, Thomas has had enough of living alone in the cold New England small town, and decides to restart his life and find love in the warmth of Phoenix, Arizona, where his older brother Don and sister-in-law Linda live. There's just one small problem, Julie was heading home to spend Christmas with Thomas, but he avoids a confrontation with Julie, leaving a voice message on her phone. Thomas and Julie share equal ownership of the family farm, but he wants to sell the property and move forward with his life in Phoenix. Julie spends the holiday at the farm and decides that she can't bear to let the farm go, so her best friend Freddy Campion, who works in the construction / restoration business, proposes that they form a business partnership and transform the farm into a rustic wedding destination place with a bed and breakfast, and convert the barn into a wedding venue with a honeymoon suite. Follow Thomas, Julie, and Freddy as their journey to restart their lives brings major changes and new beginnings.A Jingle Valley Wedding is a really fun story to read. It is so easy to get drawn in as Thomas and Julie's journey unfolds in alternating chapters, as they navigate the trials and tribulations on their quest to restart their lives. Interwoven with a family backstory, you can't help but relate to the siblings and their desire for a new start in life. While I enjoyed following Thomas' journey to finding love and happiness in Phoenix, I absolutely loved following Julie and best friend Freddy as they leave their jobs and relocate from NYC to the small town of Dalton, to renovate Julie's family farm into a wedding destination. Each sibling had their trials and tribulations to overcome on their journey, it kept me engaged and wanting to see how their lifestyle changes and transitions would turn out for them, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that it was lovable best friend Freddy who really made me enjoy the story the most. While romance was in the air for Thomas, Julie and Freddy seemed to have a hard time finding love while getting their business started, finally it was at the end of the story when the author teased the reader with a cliffhanger appearance of two suitors for the best friends. Perhaps the author will provide the reader with a sequel that will follow up on Julie and Freddy's romances and how their Jingle Valley wedding venue fares over time.With a quirky cast of characters; witty dialogue and humorous interactions; drama and a touch of romance; and a rich description of the settings of NYC, Phoenix, and the scenic small town of Dalton; A Jingle Valley Wedding is an enjoyable romance tale that will leave you wanting more.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a book review program hosted by Chick Lit Plus.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  • Leah
    2019-01-25 03:49

    In Jingle Valley Wedding, by Martha Reynolds, Julie Tate is a savvy businesswoman whose only worry is who to take to the upcoming New Year’s Eve party. However, her bliss is interrupted when her brother leaves a message that he has given up the farming life, wants to sell their inheritance of Jingle Valley Farm, and is moving West to reside with their other siblings. Julie is heartbroken at the idea of letting their generational farm be sold outside the family. When she shares her dilemma to her best friend Freddy, he comes up with the idea to renovate and rent out the space for weddings and other special events. Julie and Freddy are not only facing the unknown as they prepare to launch their newest business but also a huge culture shock as they leave the bright city of New York to a little town in rural Maine. Freddy is confident that with his contractor skills and Julie’s financial brain; plus a bit of help from a marketing friend, they can make this happen. But when they do manage to book a wedding will it be the picture perfect dream the bride wants? Or will this dream become a nightmare that shatters the bride’s bliss and the duo’s finances? At first I enjoyed the novel, as I liked the character of Julie and her personality. I thought she was a multi-dimensional character and easily relatable to as she talked about her dreams of getting married along with holding onto a career; and how she felt the pressure and dissatisfaction of both not always meshing together. Her connection to her family history and desire to keep the farm for continuing generations was heart-warming and also something everyone faces at one point in their life, when the are faced with having to give up or sell something that they have strong emotional ties to. I also liked how the new business was portrayed as bumpy with life’s unexpected costs, twists, and turns. Many novels when a character tries such a thing are a complete success from beginning to end; so I appreciated the that this author went in a different , and more realistic, direction. I however, did not like any of the other characters in the novel. I thought they all lacked development and were too one-dimensional. I extremely disliked the character of Thomas as I felt that he didn’t bring help the story in anyway, other than his leaving being the push for Julie to move to Jingle Valley. His storyline was mostly filler and I felt the book would have been stronger if his journey West was cut out all together. I do not know of Ms. Reynolds ethnicity or places she has lived; but being from the West and Latina; I felt that her depiction of Arizona and her character Maria were extremely clichéd and at times stereotypical. I also disliked the ending as we never even see a wedding take place on the property, even though the book is titled Jingle Valley Wedding. I also thought it ended way too soon, with no lead in at all, but just an end. This left me deeply unsatisfied and felt as if the author had reached a limit to how much she could write rather than trying to complete the story. In conclusion, I felt this book had a lot of potential but is incomplete and unfinished. Julie is a great character and I think the story would have been better of the focus of the novel wasn’t so divided between her and her brother and if the author had ended reaching the goal of her character.

  • Kate E. Stephenson
    2019-02-08 03:52

    Jingle Valley Wedding might be the anti-romance novel. Author Martha Reynolds paints an oddball picture of classic family drama across generations and sibling gaps. Baby girl of the family Julie Tate loves the farm on which she grew up but couldn’t picture herself ever actually living there again. Baby boy Tommy Tate finds himself back on the farm he thought he’d escaped and is hating every minute of it. Having abandoned the farm to the younger generation, the elder Tate siblings watch the drama between the two unfold as they enjoy their close to retirement golden years. But do the gilded lives they live shine as brightly in close proximity as they did from the dreary depths of New England winters? Tommy soon finds out when he decides to strike out not quite on his own in the Arizona backyard of their brother, leaving Julie the improbable task of figuring out what to do with her life on an old delepidated farm. For me, Julie’s best friend and fabulous gay boy Freddy is the highlight of the book. He is almost all the man I need, and Jules too, for that matter. He brings humor and color into an otherwise wintery washed out narrative. Reynolds opens up many storylines, but doesn’t finish most of them. Which of course, leaves Jingle open to sequel, which is desperately needed for this reader to feel anything like satisfied. Having said that, I read the book through to the end looking for the next page; Reynolds definitely has something here—I just wish she would finish it. Don’t start turning the pages of this book looking for a neat and tidy end. You’ll be greatly disappointed. There is no template plot here. But do come looking for an entertaining suspension of the drama of your life and an intriguing peak into someone else’s. Reynolds writes interesting characters with quirks and oddities that will make you wonder if you like them (and if that matters). She creates vignettes that make you itch with impatience, laugh in incredulity, and cheer for ingenuity. In other words, she gives you a taste of life—bitter and sweet, sour and sharp, mellow and haunting. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
    2019-01-17 23:14

    Review originally posted on my blog: Lampshade ReaderGive me some more Jingle Valley please! This was such an enjoyable read for me. As soon as I met Julie and Freddy I just knew that I would like the story. Thomas wasn’t so endearing, but it was interesting to hear his part of the story and his point of view. I liked that the point of views changed from character to character, it made the story fun to read. Although, I do have to say that the only drawback was the sometimes short scenes. Just as I was getting comfortable with one character, the next page was someone else. The reader does know whose thoughts are written as it is clearly marked.Julie is the one that carries the story to the end and it’s her gumption that sees her taking care of her parent’s old farm Jingle Valley after Thomas literally ran away from his responsibilities. I guess it was that mentality that made me dislike Thomas’s character a bit. There was one aspect to the story that I liked, but was never fully explained. Julie’s penchant for smelling Apple pie when no one was in the house. I did like the way that was woven into the story. It felt like I was there with her, experiencing her childhood nostalgia and smelling her mother’s cooking. However, we really did not figure out why she did smell it, was it just nostalgia?The storyline was fun and full of funny dialogue. I truly did not want to leave Jingle Valley and it’s occupants. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • EKBWrites
    2019-01-25 22:57

    The story revolves around two siblings who inherited a family farm...though only one of them wants to hold onto it while the other is determined to move forward. Julie, who is a NYC single career woman, finds letting go of the farm unthinkable while her brother Thomas can't get out of there fast enough and begin the next chapter of his life, post divorce. The story flips between Julie and Thomas though I think the heart of the story belongs to Julie and her determination to hold onto this family property, no matter the cost. I loved the addition of Julie's friend Freddy and Thomas' love interest. I thought they were both excellent written secondary characters who truly fit in with the plot.I thought the author did a great job with character development. I could "see" who these people were and really became invested in their lives. While I had an idea where the ending was going, it did not disappoint.The biggest negative was that not ready for the book to end when it did!!! But (Martha, are you reading?) I feel like there is easily room for a sequel or follow up! Even a novella. I would love to know where these characters are 6 months or a year down the road and what happened at the inn. I think that is a true testament to the writing...when you are honestly disappointed there are no more pages to read! This was the first book by Martha Reynolds I have read and I will be sure to read more of her in the future.I received a copy of A Jingle Valley Wedding in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Emma
    2019-02-03 01:49

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I love the way this book starts off. Julie is living a busy life living in New York City and working as an executive. Her brother, Tommy is running the family farm that he and Julie co-own. When Tommy decides that he is done with the farm, Julie knows she can't let it go up for sale, so she makes a huge jump. She quits her job, rents out her NYC apartment and decides to turn the Jingle Valley Farm into Jingle Valley Weddings with her best friend, Freddy. It needs a lot of work to turn it into a top notch wedding facility, but both Julie and Freddy are up for the challenge. Will they earn enough business to stay afloat? Will Freddy regret his decision to move away form the city to a small town in Massachusetts? Will Julie ever find love?I enjoyed the perspectives told in this book. It switched mainly from Julie's to Tommy's, which was done well and flowed nicely. Both Tommy and Julie have such different stories to tell, so there was a complimentary balance. I wished for more of the plot to center around events at the farm. By the time the story moved to the farm and the renovation, the book was halfway over. I enjoyed the details the author used to bring this story alive, and Jingle Valley is a place I would love to visit if it wasn't fictional.I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It would have gotten that last star from me if the book hadn't stalled so long through the first half. I hope she makes a sequel.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-21 02:56

    Julie Tate moved away from rural Massachusetts to start a life in New York. Already a success in the financial field, the last thing she wants to do is lose that security and happiness. What she didn't know was that even though she thrived in this lifestyle, she would end up back to her roots when her brother decides he can no longer run the family farm.With the help of her friend Freddy, Julie decides to turn Jingle Valley Farm into a rustic wedding venue. With both of their large savings accounts it would be easy…right? The two run into a few bumps in the road and watch their money dwindle. They need some weddings booked, fast. They eventually book the wedding of a famous woman’s daughter, but the plans are interrupted when her fiancé gets arrested. Meanwhile in Arizona, Julie’s brother finds a woman he wants to settle down with. Julie becomes excited when the two show interest in having their wedding at the farm, only to be let down again. Thomas left the farm to find love and when he does Julie wonders if she will ever find the one for her…I really liked the idea of this book. Rustic barn weddings are so beautiful and I was excited that there might be some descriptions of events held there. Unfortunately there wasn’t in this short novel. I felt a little let down at the end because the book kind of just drops off. I didn’t feel like enough good things happened for Julie and it was kind of sad!3.5 Stars

  • Margaret Tidwell
    2019-02-10 23:59

    FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation for this review and all opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.A Jingle Valley Wedding by Martha Reynolds was an okay book. I enjoyed this book but at time's I thought things were rushed and at other times I felt like they could have cut out other parts of the story. Even with that being said though I still truly enjoyed this author’s style of writing. I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of Thomas throughout most of the book but I figured from the start that I wouldn’t really like him. I think Julie was my favorite character because I love when books have strong females as the main characters. I haven’t heard of this author before and I love when I find new authors to read because I am always on the lookout for new authors to add too my list of authors I want to read more of their work. If you love chick lit than I would for sure recommend this book to you. I think it is a book that is pretty universal and something that most people would enjoy to read.

  • Carol
    2019-01-17 22:09

    The Jingle Valley Farm has been in the Tate family for generations. The older Tate siblings moved out west and left Julie and Thomas the family farm. Thomas decides he has had enough of the farm and wants to move to Arizona to find a new job and hopefully find love. Julie does not want to sell the farm. Julie and her friend Freddy buy Thomas's share in the farm in hopes of turning the house into a bed and breakfast and the barn a wedding reception/party destination. It was interesting following Thomas's new life in Arizona and Julie and Freddy's renovation of the family farm all while trying to find love. This book was a quick read and I was fully invested in all the characters in this book. I am hoping Martha Reynolds is going to write a followup book. Thank you to Samantha March (ChickLitPlus) and Martha Reynolds for a copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-29 04:17

    This book was a quick, fun and easy read. I like that the main female character can have a best friend that's a male. These two characters are likable and funny and become partners in buying a farm to turn into a wedding venue. Great story with a possibility of a sequel.

  • Rhonda
    2019-02-01 00:15

    I liked the characters and their interaction. The concept was great and shows what can really happen with family. It was a good story and read well! Would recommend! Given copy for honest review!

  • Eileen C. Callahan
    2019-02-12 23:12

    Didn't Want It to EndThis is a very enjoyable story and I'd like to spend a weekend with these characters...oh wait...I just did! More please!