Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Blessed are the Meddlers
Author: Christa Ann Banister
Release Date: August 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction/Chick-Lit
Year/Setting: Present, Twin Cities/Minneapolis-St. Paul
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Christa's Website: www.christabanister.com
I was very lucky this week and for that I send a big shout out of thanks to the preparers of my review packages. You see, I am already a fan of Ms. Banisterís. I was one of the "smarter" ones in this industry who jumped on board with her when she penned, Around the World in 80 Dates. It was funny, charming and, more importantly, spot on. I absolutely love it when a new writer makes her number two book as solidly good as her debut performance. And that is just what Christa Banister has accomplished.
Our main character, Sydney Alexander, hit the literal jackpot when she met the man of her dreams (and, quite frankly, mine) on an airplane flight that we single women would kill to take. They eloped to Las Vegas, and our pal Sydney gratefully retired her world of serial-dating.
But can the itch just be taken away? Can a leopard change their spots? The answer here is no way. She turns that constant belief that, there is someone out there in the world for everyone, into her own dating service. She is bound and determined that all her single friends be paired up and be able to enjoy the world of married life. Why not? Itís nice to spread around happiness, even on your most unsuspecting friends.
Someone, of course, should have told her that Cupid goes on his own time table. And sure enough Sydney soon finds herself embroiled in a lot of wrongs that donít make a right. Her friends and family are caught in the backlash of her "helpful" matches and she even puts herself on a very precarious ledge. On the precipice of unemployment, Sydney must fight to hold on to her dream job while she suffers the fallout from her new bossís failed relationship.
It really is a whole lot of fun watching Sydney while she tries to pull it together and learn from her mistakes. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, as many of your readers already know, so the parallels with Ms. Austenís Emma were a huge plus for me.
Enjoy Christaís latest offering. Itís freshÖitís funÖand itís well worth your time.
Until Next Time...Amy
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