Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lock, Stock, and Over A Barrel CFBA Tour



With high hopes, Dorothy Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it's not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dot passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Dorothy, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Dorothy only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt's very specific posthumous terms -- personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dot’s cats.

And if Dorothy thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dot's life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God's perfect timing.

If you would liketo read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013)
Melody Carlson

My Review

Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel is a fun summer read. Melody Carlson is a great author, and is able to create a fun story line, yet include good underlying character building. The book starts out in New York, and Dorothy has a great job but life doesn't seem like it's ever going to change. When she finds out her aunt has died she heads back home to discover a hidden past and new future. The characters are believable and easy to relate with. I enjoyed picturing the huge house of Aunt Dot and small town Appleton. While multiple men try to win Dorothy over, she struggles with her decisions. I also enjoy reading about a writer, it was amusing at times. The story ends abruptly and I am looking forward to the next book!
This book reminds me a lot of Last Chance for Justice without the mystery.
I recommend for a light summer read.

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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