07 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

We Interrupt This Date by LC Evans

Sometimes you really need an escape book, mine are fluffy books and southern fiction. I grew up in the Charleston area of South Carolina and sometimes I need a little taste of home. Southern fiction comes in two genres. Good and really really bad. There is no in-between, I fear.

I must admit that had the author not supplied this book for me to review, I might not have picked it up. The cover is pretty uninspired (with apologies to the cover artist) and I will admit I do judge books by their cover. I’m glad that, based on the description, I gave it a try. Such a touching book and a great book about finding yourself in the middle of your life and deciding what really matters.

I loved that it had plenty of funny moments, a little bit of a romance, but the main theme was about a strong woman, who was growing stronger. I found myself identifying a bit with the man character, being the person that everyone contacts when they need help, running in twenty different directions and going nowhere fast. Okay, so the main character was a little older than I am, but it still struck home a bit.

My favorite part is that the author let Charleston be Charleston. There was no romanticizing it. The vernacular wasn’t completely destroyed. I didn’t feel like reaching through the author’s typewriter and whacking her right upside her pretty little head. This is a bad habit that some southern fiction writers fall into and it drives me completely crazy.

It was very well edited and the plot moved along. The introduction of the ghost tours and giving us background on that was genius of the author, it brought another element into the story without burying us in the details. Sweetly written with heart.

Recommended for those looking for a light read or those like southern fiction.

Since her divorce a year ago, Susan Caraway has gone through the motions of life, feeling at best mildly depressed. Now she is finally coming out of her shell. Just when she decides on a makeover and a new career, her family members call on her for crisis assistance. First there’s her sister DeLorean who has come back from California with a baby, a designer dog, and no prospects for child support or a job. As soon as DeLorean settles in at Susan’s home, Susan’s son Christian comes home from college trailing what Susan’s mama refers to as “an androgynous little tart.” Then there’s Mama herself, a southern lady who wrote the book on bossy. A secret from Mama’s past threatens to unravel her own peace. But not before Mama hurts her ankle and has to move into Susan’s home with her babies—two Chihuahuas with attitude. Susan would like to start her new job as a ghost tour operator. She would like to renew her relationship with Jack Maxwell, a man from her past. But Jack isn’t going to stand in line behind her needy family.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 95

One Response to “We Interrupt This Date by LC Evans”

  1. LC Evans 7 December 2010 at 1:51 pm Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful review, Candy.

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