Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Just the Facts by Ellen Sherman

Just the Facts
by Ellen Sherman

Publisher: She Writes Press
Pages: 194
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter—and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful by nature, Nora pursues a tip from a stranger and soon is investigating corruption at the Maryland State Highway Authority regarding the controversial placement of a major freeway. The developing scandal, with its shady “players,” tests both her budding reportorial skills and her appetite for danger. Also, her passion for storytelling makes it increasingly difficult for her to stick to the facts.

Kritters Thoughts:  A young report straight out of college is at a small local newspaper reporting on the police blotter and obituaries when an interesting story falls in her lap and may have some major controversy behind it - a road project that could benefit some and harm others as well as the environment.  In the midst of her putting the pieces together for the story she is threatened by a few to stop her investigating and leave it all alone.

Nora was a great character to follow and I loved how "green" she was, but there were definitely some moments where I wanted to give her some self confidence and tell her to charge ahead and stop asking people's opinions!  I understood that she was feeling her newness, but I wanted her to get it together a little quicker.

The flow of the book was good, but not great.  I felt like it was a little jumpy at some moments and then at others it was reading so smoothly.  I feel like another editorial pass through could have helped this just a bit.

If you are a fan of books with a new graduate taking on their first job type books then this one is right up your alley.  

Rating:  definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  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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