Thursday, August 14, 2008
That's (not exactly) Amore Review and Giveaway
Hey, faithful blog readers! I've got exciting news. Not only am I reviewing a fun book, That's (not exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman, but you have the opportunity to win either a copy of this book or the whole series. I haven't read the first two books yet, though I'm now hunting them down, but my friend at Faith Words told me she'd let me give away either this book or the series. Isn't that cool! So read the review, and then tell me why we should giveaway the whole series. You have to promise to read it LOL So maybe one book is better after all. You decide!
Now here's the review.
Laini Sullivan is trying to finish her degree in interior design. Only problem: she may be color-blind and is failing her classes. Her only hope is to do a phenomenal job on the final project: redecorating her favorite coffee shop as it expands. She's feeling a bit off center since both drama queen roommates have moved out and wonders if she'll ever find a special relationship.
This book was a fun read. I laughed my way through it as I cheered for Laini to discover who she is. She's lived life trying to be what her parents expected. Now she's doing interior design, and it's just not working. So what should she do? I think most of us can relate to that question. Her journey of discovery is filled with friends, crazy experiences, and then there's her mother. Wow! Is her life complicated.
Laini is a lovable character that you want to root for. Unlike some chick lit books, I never wanted to smack her upside the head and tell her to grow up -- I'd begun to wonder if characters like Laini were still being written by anyone other than Trish Perry and Kristin Billerbeck. Okay, there was one time I thought she was being dumb, but her fears about Joe's family seemed real to her. So once in the book I can live with.
The spiritual thread is one I'm dealing with now, too. How can I incorporate God into my life on a daily basis through prayer. It seems so simple to say, but why is it so hard to do? Wouldn't it be easier to trust Him with our lives and hear Him when His still, small voice whispers if I was in constant communication?
So leave your comments. And let's see if it's a series giveaway or this book!