Friday, June 21, 2013

Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013)
by
Melody Carlson


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.



ABOUT THE BOOK

With high hopes, Dorothy Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it's not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dot passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Dorothy, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Dorothy only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt's very specific posthumous terms -- personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dot’s cats.

And if Dorothy thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dot's life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God's perfect timing.

If you would liketo read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

Book Review

Aunt Dot is Dorothy's favorite Aunt.   She didn't think twice about going back to her hometown when her aunt dies.  She is the most surprised person in the room when the will is read and Aunt Dot's home and all its contents are handed over to her.   However, all of this comes with strings which is why the book the called "Lock, Stock and Over A Barrel".   

What a fun book this was to read.    It is the first book I have had the chance to really sit down and enjoy in a long time.   Of course, Melody Carlson writes books that are so easy to enjoy.   She writes in a style that just makes you say, "Oh that is so me!"   No matter who you are there always seems to be a character in the book that you identify with and that is what makes Carlson such a popular author.

In this book, most people will identify with Dorothy.   Who likes to step outside their comfort zone?   Likes to accept a challenge with no guarantees or promised endings?   Not many of us for sure.    You will find  yourself cheering for Dorothy, holding your breath that she makes the right choices and simply praying that she allows herself to see herself as her sweet Aunt Dot did.

I received this book free from CFBA and B & H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.

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