Book Review: That’s When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson

Before we get down to business with today’s book review, there are a few exciting things I want to tell you about happening the rest of this week:

TOMORROW (THURSDAY): Cover reveal for Someplace Familiar will take place here and all my social media channels. Once posted, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!
FRIDAY: Street team for Someplace Familiar launches on Facebook — limited to only 50 spots for those who are anxious to give the book some extra TLC leading to release day in late May.


Now, on to a really fun(ny) book review!

Wondering where you’ve heard the name Laurie Tomlinson before? Well, this sweet and brilliant lady is editor extraordinaire for Someplace Familiar through her business 1624 Communications! She also happens to be celebrating the release of her first novella That’s When I Knew, part of the Love at First Laugh collection.

I enjoyed reading Laurie’s story of Nick and Chelsea SO MUCH.


About That’s When I Knew


On most days, Chelsea Scott feels like her rapidly growing planner and stationery business should belong to someone else. Maybe if it did, it wouldn’t be hovering near the red due to one costly decision. But the collaboration that will save her company awaits her pitch at the trade show she’s keynoting. When her transportation falls through at the last minute, she accepts help from Nick Pearson, who’s unexpectedly come back into her life.

The last time Nick saw Chelsea, he told her he loved her, and she ran. Twelve years later, their lives are different, more complex than the summers they spent playing baseball and eating ice cream cones at their dock with their toes in the lake. But as they spend time together on the road, their feelings for each other become clear: all those years couldn’t take away how good they can be together.

When Chelsea’s past decisions resurface at the convention, her newly rekindled relationship with Nick – and her business – are in jeopardy. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will another summer end with them apart?

My Review

This was so fun!!! “That’s When I Knew” introduces us to Nick and Chelsea, former loves who reunite quite unexpectedly years later. They embark on a stressful-turned-fun business trip that’s either going to make or break Chelsea’s career. Tomlinson had me giggling one minute and sighing the next. I especially love how real the characters are, flawed but redeemed by being loved for who they are. In fact, Chelsea reminds me of myself a little bit — a bit frantic under pressure and willing to retreat under a table with a donut when things go wrong! The story was full of just enough surprises and the sweetest happy ending all romance readers long for. Well done and two thumbs up for Tomlinson! I can’t wait to finish the rest of the collection!

Find Love at First Laugh on Amazon

About Laurie Tomlinson

Laurie Tomlinson visits the Authors' Open House at Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her stories are fueled by faith, steaming mugs of tea, and her belief that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking with her two little sous chefs and testing new recipes on her husband—especially if she doesn’t have to do the dishes.

Find Laurie on Facebook or her website.


Published by Teresa Tysinger

Author of Contemporary Christian Fiction. Wife, mother, creative, and professional communicator.

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