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“A wonderfully descriptive novel about a young woman's search for selfhood. This book has well-developed characters, vividly drawn environments, and a great sense of humor. A very fun and thought-provoking read.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A surprising novel that I couldn't put down. I love books with quirky, small-town characters, and this novel definitely delivered.”Julie E wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kathy gave me a spontaneous and strong review for The Well Lived Laugh. I loved the way she communicated (to me and on her website). So I'm going to give her novel a read. She has had tremendous success with this indie published book, which is impressive.”Rachel St. John-Gilbert wrote this review Sunday, January 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Blue Straggler is a story about a girl, Bailey, who struggled to find her place (never really feeling like the fit was quite right). She begun growing tired of feeling like a piece was missing, so she was brave enough to go off and search for it via a road trip to Colorado. Although the trip was not an easy, one with many missteps, Bailey finds herself bit by bit along the way. The humor, depth of characters and storyline will remain with me for quite some time. It was honest, beautifully written and well written.
Life is not easy. It is easier to stay lost, to remain stagnant, to be and do what is expected of us. Bailey decides to search of the meaning of her life herself. In the end difficult decisions are made, friendships tested and hope remains.
This story was written with such beauty. intense imagery and insight that I found myself deeply entrenched in the story, wanting to mark passages after passage. Here are a few of my favorites from the book:
"It dawns on me that maybe, sometimes, the paths we choose can turn out to be only circles. Bringing us right back where we started. Unharmed but not well." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 152)
"...as if they're trying to sneak into autumn without us knowing." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 169)
"The sun is launching into its evening act, lighting up the clouds and horizon like a magic trick. The mountains surrounding us seem to be holding onto the light as if they would be flat without it." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 189)
"Rapids churning and twisting on each other like children playing in the park. Unorchestrated madness." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 190)
There are so many more, so check out this 4.5 star read for yourself. It is a gift Kathy Lynn Harris has given the world! Enjoy!”
“Great book! It takes a look at relationships, both romantic and family, and puts a humorous spin on it.”Jacqueline B wrote this review Wednesday, April 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If your life wasn't going exactly the way you wanted, and you just don't know what to do to change it, would you have the guts to quit your job and take off on a journey of self-discovery? Well, come along for the ride with Bailey Miller, as she travels from her home in San Antonio, Texas to Gold Creek, Colorado, in search of herself and of her great-grandmother's mysterious past.
Bailey Miller is a 30 year old woman from San Antonio, Texas. Her life is one hot mess, she is out of sorts with everything, and yearns to find the true meaning of her life. When the company she works for reorganizes its staff and she is transferred/demoted to another position with a reduction in pay, she quits her job on the spot. She decides to get out of town for a while and go in search of her great-grandmother's past in a little mountain town in Colorado. Her journey of self-discovery is filled with mystery and intrigue, she meets some quirky people along the way, and learns invaluable life lessons that include passion, love and heartache.
Blue Straggler is a poignant story of a woman's journey of self-discovery that stays with you long after you have finished the book. The storyline is well written and intriguing, it has a mixture of humor and poignancy that resonates with the journey that Bailey undertakes in search of the meaning of her life. The many twists and turns of the subplots keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. The characters are realistic and quirky, their engaging personalities and interactions with each other provides a lot of humor throughout the book, you'll find yourself laughing at their antics. I loved Bailey's sassy humor, Rudy's quirkiness and Idamarie's classic tough Texas style. They were so much fun to get to know, you couldn't help but love their close knit relationship. The author does a wonderful job of describing the settings in the story, from historic San Antonio to the Rocky Mountains, the attention to detail easily transports the readers to those locations.
Blue Straggler is the type of story that engages the reader to ponder about their own life. Who hasn't been dissatisfied with their life at one point or another, that it made you wish you could take off for parts unknown? Believe me I have! This novel has it all: humor, intrigue, romance and life lessons. If you are looking for a story that is women's fiction at its best, then Blue Straggler is the book for you!
Disclaimer: Upon the request of the author and Chick Lit Plus, a Kindle edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Event: On Monday, April 16, 2012, in association with Chick Lit Plus, author Kathy Lynn Harris participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/author-guest-post-kathy-lynn-harris.html
“A wonderfully descriptive novel about a young woman's search for selfhood. This book has well-developed characters, vividly drawn environments, and a great sense of humor. A very fun and thought-provoking read.”Dorian M wrote this review Tuesday, March 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an amazing story! Very entertaining. I laughed many times. I hope that the author has more to come. I highly recommend this book!!!!!!!”Colorado Girl wrote this review Monday, December 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No