on June 13, 2011 :
I totally LOVED this book! The division, not in chapters, based on the 7 stages of grief Through the Process and Back to Life is brilliant! Thanks Susan!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on May 27, 2011 :
Circle city Blues by Susan Wells Bennett
Reviewed by Vickie Johnstone
I really enjoyed this book. It was a happy read. I had a feeling I was going to like it when I laughed about three times on the first page and I wasn't disappointed. It is nicely written and travels at a good pace. The people in it are fun and interesting. Mac is a solid central character and you are interested in what happens to him. I couldn't help thinking that some of the other characters could have their own spin-off books too, not mentioning any names! This is a good and funny book to escape into. Perfect for a long, boring train journey as you won't be putting it down. And the ending doesn't disappoint :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 18, 2011 :
Circle City Blues by Susan Wells Bennett
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I was a bit apprehensive upon reading a poem by an author writing in first person -- male and female -- as the welcoming words to the story.
In a very short time I encountered one of my favourite themes: Elizabeth Kübhler-Ross’ stages of grief. Got hooked right away…
The story is very believable, and Ms Bennett knows how to make the words flow and engage the reader.
Can a man really say: “My heart unexpectedly lurched and, to my horror, I felt my eyes sting as if I were about to cry.”? Yes, he can, especially under emotional pain.
The mastery of the author? How could she get under a man’s skin and think, act and feel as such? This takes a Master’s mind in a woman’s body? Not that simple. I would say only in Ms Bennett’s body.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on May 17, 2011 :
This story is based on a very simple theme , but oh my ....what a good read!!From page one i was hooked ...couldn’t put this book down! The characters are believable and the main man ‘Mac’ is a real lovable trucker .I’m not totally sure if the author means her readers to fall for him but i did! I kept turning the pages to find out what he had decided to do next and really wanted him to make the right choices .I sympathised and felt for him , when he was happy ,i was..when he was down i was too and this, for me,is the sign of a well written book.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys an easy read and being totally engrossed to the end .Was there anything that i found disappointing? Yes ....it ended !! Loved it ..brilliant book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 17, 2011 :
This was different for a love story and well paced. Not predictable at all and the interesting relationships with Mac the long haul truck driver kept me wanting to see what happened next. A pleasant mix of romance and this trucker's life style without over emphasising either one! Enjoyed this book! The length of it was nice, not too short yet not too terribly long.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on May 10, 2011 :
I will start off with the beginning, it was great. I love a great beginning and Circle City Blues had that. I also enjoy a book with wit, one that makes me chuckle. And I was doing so much of that, I absolutely loved Mac. There were many other characters throughout that I liked even when I wasn't supposed to. The book was charming, I felt like I was part of the story, like a little fly on the wall. I couldn't help but feel for the MC, how awful. But there was a great humor even with the bad ( I won't say what, because that would be a spoiler), and it flowed smoothly.
I loved the fact that something I never knew about, took on an interesting role. Sometimes you read a story and it includes something that bores you, and then it turns you off. This story DID NOT do that at all!! I highly recommend this to everybody, and I think it will be a book I am thinking about for some time. Great job!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on April 24, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this chick-lit book, which took me no time to get into. It is instantly an effortless read with a likeable array of characters that you get to care about. Don’t be fooled by the hint of predictability early on – it gets thrown off balance soon enough, so which girl the boy is going to get is a mystery for a little longer. The author leaves no questions unanswered, you are left happy with the fate of each character and the ending is simple, but conclusive. This is the first book from this author I have read - Susan Bennett has a pleasant, easy-going style and her characters are well portrayed. I will certainly be reading more from Susan.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Nov. 6, 2010 :
Susan Wells Bennett's interesting story is about a lop-sided couple who truck together. They say there is always the kissed and the kisser and she illustrates it well in this book. She takes us through the various adventures, both as a couple and each separately as they go their different ways and sometimes find what they are looking for. It is an entertaining read and I recommend it for that purpose. I think this young author will create stories and books we will love and enjoy. I look forward to reading her other two books. Oh, so many books, so little time!
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2010 :
I found Susan Wells Bennett’s Circle City Blues to be an enjoyable read. I was immediately drawn into the long-haul truck driving life of Declan “Mac” MacDougall and his soon-to-be-ex wife Kirsten. As this reluctant trucker drives the interstates, he works through his heartache while meeting friends, foes , and perhaps - new loves. The character of Mac is a courtly, “knight of the highway” who is fiercely loyal and a defender of the less fortunate. Ms. Wells Bennett so engagingly portrays Mac that I felt that I could walk into my local Waffle House and find him sitting at the counter with a slice of apple pie and a “cuppa joe”. The other folks in this tale are orthodox characters expected in the “chick lit” genre, but with quirky twists; such as the Las Vegas drag queen who gives up the glitter to ride the roads or the pixie science fiction author who finds romance in an eighteen-wheeler. As the poem “Piazza Piece” by John Crowe Ransom with which Ms. Wells Bennett introduces this charming tale suggests, Mac must recognize that he needs to “seize the day “ (trusting as little as possible in the future)” to find contentment. And as an engrossed reader, I was hopeful with every page that he would achieve his goal.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2010 :
Well, I bought this book and read it on the road. You guessed it, I’m a long haul trucker. I read a lot and this book was accurate about the lives we live on the highways of America.
Mac is a guy I could have met at any truck stop in the country. There a million guys out there and ten million stories. Mac’s story was a familiar one. He wife leaves him while on the road for another guy….thanks to the internet. Mac is on the road with his wife as a driving team. This is fairly common today as two drivers can drive almost all of the day and night (up to USDOT regulations). After she leaves him (in Circle City), he has to continue to drive to keep the payments up on the rig. This, I understand.
Along the way he picks up a new driver named Rocky who is new to the business and continues along the highway. He goes through the different stages of grief as he tries to make sense of his loss and deciede his future.
Mac travels from Florida to California to the Pacific Northwest and discovers humor and some grief everywhere he goes. He finds hope in Amarillo and purpose in New Orleans. All in all a very good read that is mostly correct about the “life”. I would recommend it to anyone as it’s not laden with trucking terms but really about the characters. Check it out, you will like it. Especially at this price. BTW…you will love the wedding at the end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)