Originally from Annandale, Virginia, Shelley Stout resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with her two grown sons. She also enjoys volunteering at a local homeless shelter. Shelley has been a contributing writer for two Charlotte area magazines, and her award-winning fiction has appeared in anthologies, The Storyteller Magazine and online at WordRiot.
on Sep. 12, 2010 :
This was a really fun read. We follow Judith from her glamorous life in Hollywood back to small-town Illinois, where she still can't seem to get away from Hollywood! Told in three voices, Judith, Ren, and Shannon, we are able to get the perspective of each of the three main characters.The characters were all likable and interesting, but I felt like I wanted more.
Although I love this genre, and I enjoyed the storyline, I felt the plot development seemed a little off cadence. The ending, although somewhat satisfying, seemed to be a little abrupt without enough build-up to get to that point. There were hints along the way as to the ending (since you had the privilege of knowing three different perspectives), but the actions belied the hints and left me a little confused as to how we got where we got. The storyline was adult, but the writing style seem to be more appropriate for a much younger audience. I felt like I didn't get to know the characters as much as I'd like, and the voices of each character blended together a little too much and left me feeling it was a little bland.
All in all, I definitely enjoyed this fun read! I'd love to see more with these characters, because I feel like I didn't get to know them as much as I should have.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)