Chelsea Krause
Publication Date:
August 17, 2016
Simon Pulse

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.

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The Why:

*spins in a 50's gown* I just love the fashion of the 50's and this was a perfect read that combined finding family and finding love when you don't expect it! It was full of wit, humor, family, love and so much more that will have you smiling.


Natalie: Working at a thrift store, Natalie finds all sorts of treasures and love when there are pieces she can put aside for herself. But when she gives the store an old box with a picture of a woman who likes her. For years, she's wondered about who her birth mother was since her adopted parents adopted her, but also hesitant, because of her past. Going on a hutch, she starts a hunt to find her birth mother starting with the person who dropped off the box.

What she finds is a very grumpy, hot guy- Casey- who calls her Thrift Shop Girl. But when they see each other again in a club, he decides he wants to help her. She also decides that Casey may be helping her and may be really hot she needs to become only friends with him. Along with helping her find who her family is, she learns that the past can stay in the past, but it also makes you stronger and you don't have to become your past.

There were I love Lucy TV binges, rockabilly concerts and retro sunglasses and everything 50's. let me tell you I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF READING IT! I loved reading the struggle of a grown adult trying to find her family, but also realizing that through her search that she is better than her past and she changed her present. She also allowed herself to love someone else instead of running away from her feelings. Combating her past and finally allowing herself to connect with Casey was so cute, adorable and heartwarming to read.

Final Thoughts:

Can I please have a 50's style dress with a swoony guy who'll watch re-runs with me and take over in the kitchen when I don't want to cook? Also I'm definitely reading more from this author, because her writing style is humorous and witty!

Final Rating:

5 Sweet-50's Keys


About Chelsey Krause:

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 Chick Lit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.

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My favorite eras are the 20's, 50's & 90's, because of the style which is where I get inspiration from when I shop. What era is your favorite? The 20's, 60's 70 and why? What is it about that era you love?

xoxo, K

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