This week, I am sharing two novellas by Staci Troilo, as I read them one after the other and both won my heart due to her style of writing. I look forward to reading more in the series.
I had read and reviewed The Edge of Fear in the month December but am sharing the review now, as this book too focuses on relationships and I have just finished another book – Love Me: A Christmas Wish by Jacquie Biggar who weaves wonderful webs of relationships.
No Such luck by Staci Troilo is a brilliant story that defines relationships and makes Piper Seidel ponder over her lucky charm and high school crush. I like Staci’s crisp style, her dive into the story, without wasting a moment in unnecessary descriptions to let the reader decide the superfluity of adolescent thoughts that sound dearer than realities of life.
When I stumbled upon book – 2 of the series, I thought, let me start with book – 1 and I must confess, it made my afternoon most pleasant. This is a short read, I finished it within an hour but it left me craving for more – such is the style of Staci! Her focus on characterization is remarkable, as Piper, an impatient, brazen and reckless person grows up into a fine woman by the time her story ends. There is a subtle message for those who lack the virtue of introspection. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommended.
‘Pour It On’ is as enjoyable as good wine, a perfect blend of fun and business in an aura of light-hearted “meet and greet” night that might crash due to Nigel, the arrogant sommelier who has decided to quit Romy’s restaurant, without any prior notice.
I like the metaphorical title of this novella, as Staci astutely pours anger and angst right in the beginning, with a dash of romance into the story along with wine. Rick Santucci adds the much needed boost to the party though the misunderstanding is like an icing on the cake, making the story superbly succulent.
Troilo creates memorable characters with well defined traits. You would either love or loathe them and admire the skill of their creator. If you like short, heart-warming stories, this is a perfect pick.
The Edge of Fear by Maura Brennan is a riveting story of love and relationships that are exemplary if we keep Frank out, but such vindictive and sinister characters do lurk around us to derail a mirthful life. Hattie’s happiness agitates him, he conspires to extract money out of her but how far does he succeed in harassing his former wife keeps you turning the pages of this fast-paced book. Brennan wastes no time in unnecessary details and keeps her focus on the story.
Strong female characters, action-packed narrative, love for little Lilly and a filmy finish make this book quite engaging till the last page. Though predictable at places, the story moves at a breath-taking speed and the smooth introduction of new characters is admirable. A thread of fear runs throughout and is contagious enough to touch your heart. All the characters leave a mark on your memory, especially Celine and Agnes. Even secondary characters like Rhonda have been handled with elan. Highly recommended for those who like light thrillers.
Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar is a heart-warming story of Cassie who believes in the magic of Santa Claus. She wants a puppy but her yearning for a dad overrides her Christmas wish and she writes a letter to Santa to give her a dad so that her mommy won’t be alone if she falls sick again. My heart goes out to such a child who is suffering yet thinks of her loving mom. Add another character of utmost goodness to the story and a perfect world, where love abounds, is created.
Kyle enters just at the right time when Grace needs help; his attraction fortifies his efforts and lovely bonds are created. Biggar has a knack of crafting such relationships in her stories and this book is exceptional. A feel-good story that is bursting with hope despite Cassie’s battle with cancer. There are some beautiful moments to be cherished and I love how Avery and Cassie wait for Santa in the sleigh to convey their new Christmas wish! Highly recommended!
Thank you. Happy reading!
– Balroop Singh.