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Friday, November 26, 2010

Only in Novels by Laura Briggs

Only in Novels by Laura Briggs
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

When a simple mistake lands bookstore owner Lannie Maxwell with the wrong author for her book signing, she wonders if her tiny business is destined to fail. Instead of Ms. Modern Homemaker-an author sure to multiply the bookstore's gross revenue-Lannie finds herself stuck with D.E. Hensen, an unorthodox and infuriating adventure novelist. The dashing D.E. is determined to help Lannie rescue her struggling business, but his outlandish ideas threaten to turn her world upside down. Can the two put aside their differences to save the store-and find their own version of happily-ever-after?

Lannie has one chance to save her beloved bookstore.

Lannie Maxwell has every reason to panic when the wrong author shows up to the book signing she’s pinned the future of her beloved bookstore on. Instead of Ms. Modern Homemaker, she ends up with Dexter Hensen, an author of adventure novels that she’s never heard of. Lannie appreciates the classics and has very little respect for the “fluff” that Dexter writes. Despite her cool attitude toward him, Dexter immediately likes Lannie and is determined to help save her bookstore. Lannie reluctantly agrees to let him help out for a week.

However, Lannie and Dexter have very different ideas on how to save her bookstore. Dexter has a flare for the dramatic. While the customers love Dexter and his “improvements” to the store, Lannie isn’t happy that Dexter has seemingly taken over her quiet little shop. Despite their conflicts over how to run the store, Lannie and Dexter are attracted to each other. Lannie is flustered by her immediate attraction to Dexter. She believes that sort of thing only happens in novels. Even though she tries to deny it, she finds herself drawn to him. She finds herself praying to God for guidance. Is she willing to listen to God’s answer, or will she let her pride ruin a chance for her own happy ending?

Lannie and Dexter make quite a pair. Lannie is a quiet woman who loves to get lost in the works of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. Dexter seems to have a larger than life personality straight out of one of his novels. Despite their initial differences, Lannie and Dexter have a lot in common. Beneath his dramatic exterior, Dexter is a man simply wanting to be loved for who he is, not what he writes. He too appreciates the classics as well as modern adventures. Together they have what it takes to run a successful bookstore.

In addition to interesting characters, I loved the message Ms. Briggs presented in Only in Novels. Lannie begins the story believing that the only books worth reading are the classics. Her disdain for popular literature is all too common. However, with Dexter’s help, she begins to realize that a good story is a good story whether it was written hundreds of years ago, or last year.

Only in Novels is a great story filled with loveable characters and a positive message that can be read in one sitting. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick escape into a good story.

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