Monday, February 8, 2016
About the Book:
Twelve years of marriage, 4,000 square feet of dream house, and a handsome husband. Jessie Stanton has it all… until one fateful afternoon when she notices her BMW bouncing by the window behind a tow truck. Her husband has gone, and he’s taken it all.
The whirling tornado that cuts down the life she’s built drops Jessie onto the sandy beach of Malibu with a thud, penniless and alone. When all she’s left with are the designer labels in her closet and the dreamy Neil Lane rock on her finger, Jessie tries to make ends meet by pawning her prized ring to fund a new business venture: a small shop where her designer duds and shimmering accessories are temporarily leased out to Southern California women with champagne tastes but root beer realities.
As Jessie tries to rebuild, she realizes she can’t move on, not without answers. Reluctantly, Jessie turns to beach bum/private investigator Danny Callahan for help. But is she staking her future success and happiness…on a ring and a prayer?
I've loved all of Sandie's books, but this one was a surprisingly poignant story. Watching Jessie's life crumble evoked a strong emotional response. If I could have reached into the pages I would have hugged and prayed for her...and she isn't real!
Imagine you're out to a fancy shmancy lunch with your best gal pal. It's time to pay, so you hand over your platinum card, only to find out it is declined. BFF picks up the tab, and you go to leave...only to see your car being repossessed. And it all goes downhill from there!
What would you do? Hopefully, learn from Jessie Stanton! Surround yourself with good people, make the best of a bad situation, help a few friends in need along the way...and return to the roots of your faith like your Grampy taught you.
Sandie's humor and witty dialogue keeps the pages turning so plan for a late night and a bleary eyed morning. Prepare for tears as well, and to fall in love with these characters. My thanks to my friends at Abingdon Press for my complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 6:00 AM