Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash by Gail Pallotta Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Hair Calamities and Hot Cash

Author: Gail Pallotta

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release date: 2018

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop … on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon, Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his clients cash…and hot on the trail of two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals!

Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

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My Review

This was a fun novel to read. It is good entertainment, combining a mystery with a romance. The setting of a small town was good and added to the interesting interaction of the citizens.

Pallotta's writing style is straightforward and the novel moved at a consistent pace. The characters development was done relatively well although I do think the romance should have taken longer to develop. The answer to the mystery really came out of nowhere and I would have rather had at least some foreshadowing to it.

This is a light, easy to read and entertaining novel.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Finalist. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

More from Gail

Even mysterious events and robbery can’t stop the fun, laughs and romance that follow after New York stock broker Philip Wells crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop.

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash is a contemporary romance with mystery and comical scenes about a New Yorker and a lonely, young widow in the North Carolina Mountains who fall for each other amid a crisis, danger and suspense.

The story behind Hair Calamities and Hot Cash began many years ago in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, where my mother ran a beauty shop.

Her salon doubled as a meeting place where customers who knew each other discussed how to make the latest recipe, what to do about world affairs and everything in between, including family relations, births, deaths and weddings. Clients planned showers, graduation parties and get-togethers for new neighbors while hair flew.

Mostly townspeople showed up, and the spirit of the community overflowed. The residents had disagreements, but they didn’t abhor those who thought differently from them. They had close friends, acquaintances, people they tolerated and those they kept at a distance. As in most small environments, they gossiped and could be nosey. However, when someone grieved for a loved one, suffered from an illness or any other crisis, prayers went up and casseroles went out no matter whether the person was a best friend or someone held at a distance. They all were God’s children.

The walls of Mother’s beauty shop echoed the spirit of the community, and I wanted to bring it back.  I set the mystery, romance and shenanigans in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Many years ago, a friend my father knew in college came to visit us, and we drove him to the mountains. He said, “I’ve traveled the world over, and I’ve never seen a place any prettier than these hills.”  I wanted to share the awe-inspiring scenery. I believe we need those peaceful surroundings and the sense of community now more than when I wrote the book.

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 27

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deb's Book Review, June 29

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Jodie Wolfe - Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, July 1 (Author Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, July 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Guild Master, July 2

Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, July 3

A Baker’s Perspective, July 4 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 5


I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Joan,

Thanks for hosting me!

Carol James said...

I've loved all of Gail's books, and this one sounds like a really fun read. Thanks for the review.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your review of Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, this sounds like a fun read and I am looking forward to it

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

kaybee said...

Good for you, Gail, and such a unique setting for a cozy mystery! A genre I have never tackled...

Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, Gail, and Hair Calamities and Hot Cash sounds like a great book! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks Avid Reader, for sharing your review! Have a wonderful day!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Sounds like a great book, Gail!
Good luck and God's blessings

Gail Pallotta said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and for your interest and encouraging words.

Anonymous said...

Seems like a fun read.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a fun read.

Sonja said...

I enjoy her books!