Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Review: Fall by Jennifer Hurst

I admit to picking up this book knowing only that it had romance elements, and that the female character was heading a construction crew. (I love to see book where female characters work in non-traditional jobs.) What I got was that and a whole bag of chips. You see, the old two-story school

house/church/social hall that she’s redoing into a bed and breakfast holds a secret—a big box that houses demons waiting for judgment.

And they want out.

JD (she refuses to go by her given name) was abandoned by her mother, has no clue who her father was, and was raised by a grandfather who spent his whole life putting his business first. He’s getting on in years and JD is in line to inherit his half of the business—but he’s not exactly let her prove herself at a construction site before, though her building plans are known for their brilliance.

So city girl ends up in the middle of nowhere Torrey, Utah (and yes, I’ve been in that area, and no, there’s really not much civilization in that part of the world, but it’s totally beautiful). There’s no high-speed internet. There’s no cell signal. And her town has one tiny shop where she can buy food—at outrageous prices, (but, hey, live in a small town and you have to deal with the drawbacks.)

Almost from day one things start to go wrong—including her developing feelings for bad-boy demolition crewman Matthew Rigo (who is totally off limits because he works for her.) There are plenty of highs and lows with some of local color thrown in and more than one very drool-worthy guy.

There were a few more typos than I like to see (and while there are EMTs in that area—not so much with the paramedics, though I suppose that’s being picky since most people don’t seem to understand that not everyone on an ambulance is a paramedic, and most especially not in a small town), but the writing was solid, the story was interesting, and the heroine well worth rooting for.

My question? When’s the next book coming out?

In conjunction with this blog tour, Jennifer is holding a contest. It will involve any of the blogs that Jennifer visits or where her book is featured and will close on December 31st, 2011. The entrants have to answer three questions about the book they’ve read (bought, borrowed, or stolen - shame on you) and post a link to Jennifer's website on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog (need link for verification).

Then the names will be entered in a random name picker generator (http://textmechanic.com/Random-Line-Picker.html) and announced on Jennifer's website (www.jenniferhurst.com) on January 31st, 2012. The winner will receive a gift certificate for a night’s stay at the actual bed and breakfast where the story takes place.

Other prizes include an autographed copy of FALL, and she will randomly select 3 contestants’ names to use in the sequel to FALL. Plus, they will receive a free copy of that book when it is published.

Each blog that Jennifer Hurst visits will have a different set of questions people can answer, and they may enter as many times as they want - but they can enter once per blog site that they visit. So the more sites you visit, the more you can enter your name, thus increasing your chances of winning the gift certificate, a copy of the book FALL, and your name in the sequel.

Get the book, read the book, and then read over the questions below. Once you have your answers, e-mail them to Jennifer. fall.jenniferhurst@gmail.com

Your privacy is respected and your email address will NOT be used for anything but the contest. Once the contest is over - your email address will be deleted from the database.

Here are the questions for you to answer:

What color is Roy's hat?

Who drew the floor plans for the renovation?

Who was JD talking to when she said, "Stop it, fiend!".

If you would like to visit the other sites, go here for the master list of all participating sites: http://fallbyjenniferhurst.wordpress.com/

Best of luck, and thanks for participating!

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