Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dollars to Donuts

Author: Kathleen Kole
ISBN: 978-0986895647
Publisher: Sublime Coyote Media
Source: Chick-lit Plus Blog Tours
About the Book:
Take one newspaper columnist; move her from the anonymity of her home city to a sleepy, small town; add a dollop of nosey, suspicious and just plain odd neighbors; a dash of mystery in the form of a stained garbage can and a rodent and, finally, a large pinch of unsettling attraction to a virtual stranger and you’ll find yourself with a recipe that imitates April Patterson’s life.  Sound strange? It is.

April Patterson had no idea that when she decided to follow the path of family and love, she would find herself an unwitting player in an eyebrow raising cul-de-sac mystery, grasping for her privacy as she plays “Dodge the Neighbor” and being forced to examine her relationship motives … all before she had unpacked her last box!
Taking a deep breath, and a large bite into a comforting donut, April consoles herself with the knowledge that it will all work out. It always does … doesn’t it?

Dollars to Donuts is the first novel I’ve read by Kathleen.  I have to admit the title intrigued me.  Usually it is the cover that grabs my attention first, but not this time.  I don’t know if I was hungry or just amused by the title but the book follows the titles suit.  Dollars to Donuts is a charming and entertaining read.  I laughed but also cringed.  April’s character is completely opposite of my own.  I found myself understanding where her sister Jessica was coming from in regards to her bouncing lifestyle. 
What did crack me up was April’s neighborhood drama!  Cole comes up with some interesting and quirky characters that would make me move from a neighborhood quickly.  It was funny to read, but I certainly felt for April when she had to deal with them all.  The story takes its stride after April’s sister Jessica advises her to take control of her life instead of letting life control her.  April, who is living with her boyfriend, starts to lose all control when her boyfriend’s attractive friend Gerritt moves in after his house catches on fire in a freak accident.    In the midst of chaos April learns a little about love, a little about life and a whole lot about the heart.  The reader quickly finds out that not everything in life can be controlled and if you don’t agree check out her crazy neighbors!
This novel is well written, flows smoothly and keeps you entertained.  It has lots of funny dramatic moments and bits of seriousness without being deeply heavy.  I enjoyed sitting down with this book.  I can think of specific friends who would enjoy reading this novel.  If you want something different, this one is for you.
About the Author:
Born in Edmonton AB, Kathleen began storytelling in grade school. She has many fond memories of passing summer afternoons, out on the swings in her backyard, creating tales that entertained her neighborhood friends. When she finally decided to venture from her backyard, Kathleen pursued a career in storytelling. She graduated from college with a Diploma in Radio and Television Arts and traveled the path of freelance writing for numerous local newspapers. Many years later, too many to talk about without seeming rude and nosey, Kathleen has channeled her imagination to the pages of her novels. She hopes that you enjoy her tales and encourages you to feel free to read her stories on the swing set in your own backyard. Kathleen has traveled from Edmonton, to a new backyard with a lovely mountain view. She spends time there with her beloved husband, adored son and silly dog. They let her tell them stories and always laugh in all of the correct places. She’s lucky, and she knows it.
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