Today I am pleased to present Hailey’s Comments by Kristy Tate. Please read on
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About the Book:
No one knows that sassy but shy Emma Clements is the voice of her grandmother’s advice column, Hailey’s Comments, until handsome Ryan Everett discovers the truth. To avoid his teasing questions and his you-can’t-fool-me remarks, Emma and her ugly dog Wyeth flee to sparsely populated Lister Island in the Puget Sound, where Emma intends to devote the summer to her painting and art.
On Lister Island, Emma encounters a pistol packing priest, a pair of greedy organic food farmers, an octogenarian jail keeper and Ryan Everett. Soon, Emma is much more concerned about her heart than her art. After a series of disturbing coincidences, Emma suspects that the life of Helen Dunsmuir, Lister Island’s recently deceased Grande dame, is tied to her own. As she unravels the secrets of Helen’s life—and untimely death—Emma learns that problems are rarely solved with a quip or platitude, and that it’s better to love than to comment.
Hailey’s Comments, a romantic suspense reminiscent of Mary Stewart, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Contest.
Meet Emma, by her heart an artist, but her job is ghost writing a syndicated and very popular Agony Aunt column, named after her grandmother. When her frustration with advice giving begins to show in her answers with less pith and more bitch, Emma takes a vacation rental on a remote island to paint and prepare for a ‘non commercial artists’ contest that would result in her work being in a prestigious gallery.
From the moment she arrives, people behave in a decidedly strange way towards her, strange men invade her rental property, the minister carries a gun, and Twinkie the Yak is not as soft and fluffy as his name indicates. With several twists, a host of potential bad guys who possibly could have murdered Helen, and a pair of oddities buying up the island, Emma is thrust into a dangerous, if slightly madcap adventure. Most of it rain soaked.
Emma is a fun heroine, although a bit of a whinger as she seems to forget what she does have, always looking for something that she cannot quite reach, as she often sabotages her own choices. Even with those moments, the secret keeping of her authorship of the column has bled over into her own life, she keeps everyone at arm’s length but her dog, and that seems to have become her go to reaction to new people. She comes off as more shy and retiring than stand-offish, but it is in those moments of extreme stress that her softer side comes out and makes her far more sympathetic and relatable. With the quick pace, the mysteries that seem to twist together like a Gordian knot and the well-meaning but ever interfering grandmother this is a fun read that will keep readers entertained.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Kristy Tate is the author of many novels, although only five are published. Her debut novel, Stealing Mercy, has been on the Amazon’s top 100 list of historical romance for more than sixteen weeks and spent two weeks as number one. Kristy studied English literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU’s International Center in London. Although a long time resident of Orange County California where she lives with her family, Kristy’s heart belongs in her hometown of Arlington, Washington, AKA Rose Arbor—the fictional setting of her popular Rose Arbor series.
Find Kristy at her Blog Kristy Tate Stories