Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Blue Straggler by Kathy Lynn Harris

Blue Straggler by Kathy Lynn Harris

Publisher:  30 Day Books
Pages: 178 
Format: ebook 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  A blue straggler is a star that has an anomalous blue color and appears to be disconnected from those stars that surround it. 

But this is not a story about astronomy. 

Bailey Miller is "disconnected" from the cluster of her rural south Texas family. She has never quite fit in and now in her early 30s, she finds herself struggling with inner turmoil and a series of bad choices in her life. 

Bailey's drinking too much (even for a member of her family), has a penchant to eat spoonfuls of Cool Whip, works in a job that bores her beyond description and can't keep a relationship longer than it takes for milk to expire in her fridge. 

Even with the help of her two outspoken friends, Texas lass Idamarie and her quirky college pal Rudy, she's having a hard time. 

So she packs up her Honda and heads out of Texas in search of herself and answers to secrets from her great-grandmother's past. The novel takes readers on a journey from San Antonio, Texas, to a small mountain town in Colorado and back again, as Bailey uncovers not only the secrets of her great-grandmother's life, but also some painful secrets of her own. All while finding love along the way. 

Kritters Thoughts: With a very slow start, I was nervous that this little chick lit wasn't going to get going, but it finally picked up.  Although, the main story line about Bailey finding out the truth history of her great-grandmother definitely took a back burner in the middle and then picked back up again.  There were quite a few things I would rearrange in this little novella.  

The characters were sweet, quirky and endearing and their development was fun to watch, but the plotline had some slow spots that made for a few bits of drag in the book.  I wish that both the great-grandmother and the environmental issue had been developed more and each could have had more depth to them.

A little novella that was enjoyable.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

GR Cover Challenge 2012: I'm Too Sexy for My (cowboy boots)

Ebook Challenge 2012: 14 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from 30 Day Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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