Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Sugar of a Book

You know, I've read Lisa Kleypas' historicals. She's the one who got me hooked on giving the genre a try.
Another first is reading one of her contemporaries. I didn't even know she wrote them.
This book didn't read quite like any I've read in the past. I'm still not sure if I liked the set up.
It reads as first person POV, and it follows the life of Liberty Jones. She's a girl from a small town in Texas who grows up having to be the caregiver to her baby sister after her Mom dies.
It's a little hokum kind of small town where opportunities are few and far between. Yet she perserveres.
The reader is treated to what is to me , a very slow and plodding decription of every day minutae. Yet, even after stating that, it seems more like a tool. That IS how small town life is like. You DO want to escape it and you want Liberty to take you with her. Evenutually, it picks up when her life leads her away from Welcome. Kind of like the pace of life when you start new and exciting things ...
Again, the style, method and voice is far different than I'm used to and now that all is said and done and after I've read this I can say ... I liked it.
Yes, there is an HEA.
I can reccommend this book.
Beware of preconceived notions, though. They'll bog you down.
The set up in the beginning leads you to expect one thing but you discover a better path. An unexpected joy. Granted there were a few areas where you kind of knew what was coming and at times a girl of 16 years of age speaks with the wisdom of a 20+ year old, but all in all, it works.
Another thing is Churchill. Lisa got me on this one. I thought for sure this was going to be a cliche. How sweet that it actually wasn't. *sigh*
I was entertained, I was rooting for Liberty, and I really took to Gage once he showed his "human" side. (initially I thought he was a jerk) But then there is Hardy. What's a girl to do?
It was a quick read ..It's only 10:30PM and I've already finished it.
If you are looking for a sweet, satisfying read, try Sugar Daddy by Lisa Klepas.
Also, I'm not going to copy the inside flap of the summarization of the story. I don't feel it does it justice.
Based on the flap, I wouldn't have picked up this book.
Based on the cover, I wouldn't have picked up this book - I am not into westerns.
BUT, based on the author - I picked up this book and am very glad I did.
It's amazing. You never know which marketing tool will catch a buyer's eye.
For this one, it was totally author recongnition.
They do whole blog posts just on that theory alone. What works? Purely subjective, I say.


Brandy said...

Hmmm, now I'm curious. I think I'll look it up! Thanks for the rec'.

susie said...

Hello, I'm visiting from Bailey's blog. After your comment over there about Ol' Edna, I had to do some research on who you are. And what better place to do it than here at your blog. By the way, I love the way your mind works, that was too funny.

I too work in the legal field as a legal assistant for a mortgage doc prep company in Dallas. I lived in Danbury, CT for 3 years in the early 90's. Anyway, I wanted to introduce myself.

Michele said...

Hi Brandy! You're always welcome!
Glad you liked the recommend. It really is a sweet story. Nothing scary or disturbing at all. Just a coming of age for a woman in love.
Hope you are able to find it at your library!


Well, Helloooo, Susie!
Thanks for "researching" me, LOL.
Hope you found something to make it worth your while.
*grin*, my mind has moments of pure Zen, and that was one of them. Glad that you dropped by just in time!

I'm an office manager for an elder law attorney. 12 years ago I used to work in a morgage dept. and I'm kind of glad I don't anymore. All that paperwork, *shudder*
Danbury is not that far from me. Wow! we were almost neighbors ..*gg*

Thanks for stopping by!