Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Blogger Review -- The To-Do List

Relax, she’s got this…

Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever.

When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.

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"Maggie slowly turned around. Her mouth went dry at the sight of Cooper Stanton. A man she'd once believed she loved. A man who'd rejected her." 

Told in third-person POV, this sweet suspense is a perfect back porch read. Did you catch the irony in that last sentence? Let me explain.

Set in a small Connecticut town, our heroine, Maggie has come home to make a fresh start with her daughter, along with inheriting a precious old Victorian house-turned-bookstore left to her by a late aunt. What gives us the air of romance is the boy she left behind...or rather, he left her. Detective Cooper Stanton, who has also come back to his hometown to start anew.

Throw in a little vandalism, some cryptic messages, a kooky best friend and it's a perfect small-town suspense story with no real scare or tension to make it anything more than sweet. 

"Nobody has a better handle on the details of life than me." 

I can honestly say I enjoyed it. But, I did feel some parts dragging. The backstories for both characters caused some eye-rolling; it took forever for everything to be brought to light. It seemed anytime secrets of the past were about to breach, another conflict would come about causing delays that I didn't feel were necessary. And to add, these weren't small secrets...which I suppose can justify the author's wait. But the back and forth was just a little too much, causing me to stray from the story rather than keep me engaged. 

In the end though, no harm-no foul and a happily ever after. 

**3.5 Books & Bricks, Stars**

About the Author

Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best first Book. Her next release, SHARE THE MOON-Book one in the Blue Moon Lake Novel Series-is published by Kensington Books/Lyrical Press.

She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit her
Website or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More.

Author Links:   Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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