Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First Blush by Rebeca Seitz

Elizabeth Bakersfield may live in the gorgeous town of Naples, Florida, but she is not the thirty-year-old she envisioned. Her husband left with a Miami Dolphins cheerleader. Her job prospects are nil. The rent is due. Her best friend is living a thousand miles away, building a career in NYC. And her closest companion is the cockatiel Johnny Carson.

The job front starts looking up when she's offered the position of caretaker of Ganderley's - a library, kind of. Elizabeth's job is to loan out the priceless antiques and cars amassed by the widowed Ganderley sisters. Easy, right? Sign things out, get them back in two weeks. And, if she runs into trouble, there's the gorgeous Ganderley nephew with the British accent, Nicholas Harrington, waiting in the wings with help.

But Elizabeth is about to learn first-hand that possessions - and gorgeous Brits - bring their own kind of drama. If she doesn't figure out how to sidestep it, her job (not to mention the start of a new life) might be over before it ever really began.

This is a fun to read novella. The setting of Naples, Florida was a ray of sunshine. It is a high class place and it was interesting reading about the upper crust. I liked Elizabeth. She just does not fit in that society. I kept cheering her on, encouraging her to be her sassy herself.

I wish there had been more. I felt I was entering into the midst of an ongoing story. I wanted to know more about Elizabeth and how she got to this spot. I wanted to know more about Elizabeth's friend and her weariness. I wanted to know more about Nick too. Just who is this handsome Brit and what is his occupation? I do hope this is just the beginning and that a full length novel is in the works.

Rebeca Seitz is an award-winning novelist and President of the first public relations firm dedicated to representing entertainment created from a Christian worldview, Rebeca has worked with various national media outlets, including The Today Show, USA Today, National Public Radio, Southern Living, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Good Morning America. She is recognized for her groundbreaking research into the behaviors of Christian consumers as well as development of public relations standards specific to creators of values-driven, entertainment-oriented products. She also co-chairs the non-profit SON: Spirit Of Naples, which equips and encourages Christians creating mainstream, commercially-viable media content. Find out more about her and her work at http://glassroadmm.com/ and http://www.sonfilmfest.com/.

Glass Road M&M, 93 pages. You can buy a copy here.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella from Glass Road for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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