CLP Blog Tour Review: Blue Straggler by Kathy Lynn Harris

Posted 19 April, 2012 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

All The Difference
Kathy Lynn Harris
30 Day Books
February 9,2012
336 pages
provided by author
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5/5 Books

A blue straggler is a star that has an anomalous blue color and appears to be disconnected from those stars that surround it.

But this is not a story about astronomy.

Bailey Miller is “disconnected” from the cluster of her rural south Texas family. She has never quite fit in and now in her early 30s, she finds herself struggling with inner turmoil and a series of bad choices in her life.

Bailey’s drinking too much (even for a member of her family), has a penchant to eat spoonfuls of Cool Whip, works in a job that bores her beyond description and can’t keep a relationship longer than it takes for milk to expire in her fridge.

Even with the help of her two outspoken friends, Texas gal Idamarie and her quirky college pal Rudy, she’s having a hard time.

So she packs up her Honda and heads out of Texas in search of herself and answers to secrets from her great-grandmother’s past. The novel takes readers on a journey from San Antonio, Texas, to a small mountain town in Colorado and back again, as Bailey uncovers not only the secrets of her great-grandmother’s life, but also some painful secrets of her own. All while finding love along the way.

If you have ever wondered why you got stuck with the family you did, what you are doing with your job and your life, or had a sudden desire to run off to the mountains, sit back and join Bailey for this laugh-out-loud, yet poignant ride. It’s women’s fiction at it’s best!

Author Kathy Lynn Harris

About The Author:
Kathy grew up in rural South Texas — and comes from people who work hard, love the land and know how to have a good time on a Saturday night. As a writer, Kathy was lucky to have been surrounded by exceptional characters throughout her life, many of whom have lived their lives exactly the way they wanted. The rest of the world could take `em or leave `em! Inspiring, to say the least.

In 2001, Kathy made the move from Texas to the Colorado Rockies to focus on her writing and soak up All Things Mountain. She lives in an authentic log cabin near the southernmost glacier in North America, at 10,500 feet above sea level, with her husband and son, plus two fairly untrainable golden retriever mixes. It is there that she writes.

Connect With The Author:
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My Review:
Have you ever felt like you’re just not sure where your life is going, or where you belong? That’s just what Kathy Lynn Harris takes on in this extremely addictive novel. She takes complexity and humor, southern charm and deep emotions, connects them all with fantastically created characters, and turns them all out in a powerful, engaging, addictive novel.

Harris takes on meaning of life and what happens to some one who is struggling to find themselves and what they really want out of life. Bailey’s character was me all over. I felt like Harris took me and just changed my name to Bailey on more than one occasion. Bailey’s character is haunted with job issues, and a family past that she’s determined to dig into. Along the way, from Texas to Colorado, Bailey encounters new people and each one has a story behind them that will hook you til the end.

With each page turn, I found myself pulled further into the heart of the story. The charm, the wit, the heartache and pain, all overtook me and before I knew it, I was at the end. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Bailey, or the writing. I wanted more. There’s a bit of suspenseful twists to the story that adds to the intrigue of the plot line, leaving the reader to guess what’s next.

I most definitely recommend this book with a high 5 Book rating and I can’t wait for more from this talented author! She knows just what to throw the readers to keep them thoroughly captivated until the very last page! Well done, Ms. Harris and bring on the next!

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