Thursday, October 9, 2014

#REVIEW AND #GIVEAWAY "Best Seller" by Martha Reynolds Blog Tour

Tour Dates: October 6-13
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Genre: General Fiction/Coming of Age
Types of Posts: Interviews, Guest Posts, Top Ten Lists

Giveaway: $25 Amazon/B&N G.C. or Book Depository Book Spree!


Set in New England at the time of the American Bicentennial, BEST SELLER is the poignant story of a displaced young woman struggling to figure out who she is within the context of her hometown and the carefully masked dysfunction of her family.

"Everything can be fixed by writing a check." Words to live by for Robin Fortune's wealthy father, until he can't buy her way back into college after she's expelled for dealing pot. Now he chooses not to speak to her anymore, but that's just one of the out-of-whack situations Robin's facing. At nineteen, she feels rudderless, working in a diner by day and sleeping with a buddy from high school by night - all so strange for her because she was always the one with the plan. While her college friends plotted how to ensnare husbands, she plotted a novel, which she scratched out into a series of spiral-bound notebooks she hides in the closet. But now, there's nothing. No vision, no future, no point. In fact, the only thing she feels she has to look forward to is that her favorite author, Maryana Capture, is paying a visit to the local Thousand Words bookstore. Robin surmises that if she can convince Maryana to help her get her novel published, she'll finally get herself back on track. Except that life never takes a straight path in this intensely satisfying coming-of-age novel.

Best Seller really just wasn't a book that appealed to me. We have a main character, who is a pot smoking, pot selling, sleeping around girl who got kicked out of college for getting caught selling pot and then wonders WHY her own father won't speak to her? Hello? To each their own, I guess. This character was very immature.
After reading books ten times much better than this one, (although I personally can't back the 'pot smoking, pot selling in this book which is what really turned me off immediately about this book) I cannot say I would suggest this book to my followers and live with a clear conscious without doing so, except that the sex in this book was not descriptive, thankfully. There were references to it, mentions fingers at the edge of the others' shorts, but that was about as bad as it got.
So this character writes a book, asks her favorite author for help which turns out to be the worst thing she could ever have done, especially since this author has not had a new release in a few years should have been a red flag to this character, but it was not.
At the end everything wraps up nice, tidy, and pretty much perfect. The main character has matured through it all. Life doesn't work like this, not this fast. In most of the books I've read, they do not end in a perfect world, either, like this one does. Not everything is a HEA.
I have to give this author credit, though. She hit the Bicentennial year of 1976 spot on! Everything she described about flags and other celebratory items being everywhere and a thrill in people of pride everywhere was quite the year as I remember that well, even though a child. Too bad society didn't keep this up. It's nice to remember, though. Yes, this author was a very descriptive author.
One mention about the formatting on the Kindle copy I received for review - it was awful! Sentences inside paragraphs were double spaced, mid-sentences were double spaced too, so your eye could not easily follow along reading the book, at least that is the problem I had with this book. It was as if no one read the Kindle copy to see how the formatting looked. I received this book for FREE from the Author in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here:, The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Martha Reynolds ended an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and began writing full time in 2011. She is the author of five novels, including the award-winning Chocolate for Breakfast (her debut novel), Chocolate Fondue, Bittersweet Chocolate, and the Amazon #1 bestseller Bits of Broken Glass. Best Seller is her latest release. Her essays have appeared in Magnificat magazine.

She and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.


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