I managed to read four more books this month. Some were fun reads, some were well-written, and some were neither. I’ll let you decide if any are your cup of tea.
Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon
I recently joined a Facebook group called Sweet Reads Lounge, and the administrator of the group announced one day that she was in the mood for a light-hearted read, and invited us to join her in reading and discussing it. The idea sounded like fun, and the book was free, so I downloaded it. Knowing the fall semester was starting the following week I decided to start reading right away, and once I began I could hardly put it down to do ANYTHING! This story is non-stop laughs from beginning to end. Our heroine (I’m not sure she was ever given a name) is a CIA operative who has a penchant for getting into trouble. When a middle eastern cartel puts out a hit on her, the boss sends her to the town of Sinful, Louisiana, where she is supposed to convince everyone that she’s the niece of a recently deceased woman from the community. From the time she departs from the bus in Sinful she proves that trouble will follow her everywhere. If you’re in the mood for a hilarious, action-packed read, I highly recommend this one! I’ve already downloaded Book Two in the series. The only disappointment for me is that there didn’t seem to be any character development. At the end, everyone and everything returns to the way it was. No one falls in love, no one changes their life outlook, and the town is still run in the highly irregular fashion it was at the start of the story.
Tomorrow’s Wish for Love by Diana Stout
Diana is a member of my local RWA chapter, and when she announced the release of her new romance novella, I hurried to download and read it. This is a short, sweet story that tugs at the heart. Marion’s life plans are dramatically changed after an auto accident, and she’s closed herself off to a future that includes love and a family. When John shows an interest in her, she starts to enjoy life again, but she’s hesitant to share her deepest pain. Of course, since this is a romance, it has a happy ending, but not until the couple’s relationship goes through a few challenges. The story is well told, and I enjoyed meeting these characters!
Elsie by Jessica Marie Holt
Homecoming Series, part 1
This is a VERY short story about an aging widow who is having trouble adjusting to life’s changes. When her husband dies suddenly, her sons convince her that she needs to sell her house and move into a senior facility. While the descriptions are lovely and the reader empathizes with her emotions, Elsie’s actions are somewhat odd. The book ends abruptly and I have absolutely no idea what happens to her. There are hints, but no closure. There are two more short stories in the series, but I had no interest in reading them.
Dan McCall’s Bride by Barbara Goss
Since I’m not familiar with this author, I’m assuming I got it as a free book in a special promotion. This was a pleasant read, though I had difficulty sympathizing with the heroine. Leila certainly had her share of hard knocks, but at times she seemed quite peevish and spineless. Several minor characters stood out, and made me wonder if they had or will have their own stories. The storytelling was merely adequate, as we were told much about the characters’ thoughts and feelings rather than shown them through their actions. There are four books in this series, but I’m not eager to read them.