Today I am welcoming Masquerade Book Tours to The Book Binder’s Daughter with another great Indie pick, Best Seller by Martha Reynolds. I invite you to read my review, learn a little bit about the author, and look at the other blogs on the tour.
The plot of this book really took my by surprise, in a good way, a very good way. Robin has just been expelled from Boston University for selling pot and she has no choice but to move back to her close-knit hometown in Rhode Island, rent a small apartment and work 6 days a week in a diner. Her father is so furious at her that months go by before he will even talk to her.
I really thought this was going to be another typical coming-of-age story with a whiny teenage girl, but Martha Reynolds’ characters are much more interesting than I suspected. Robin understands that she has made an immature and stupid mistake and views her exile to a tiny apartment and her tedious job at the diner as a sort of penance.
While Robin is doing her “penance” she meets a few men in her life that bring a bright spot to her otherwise dull world. Andrew, one of her regular customers at the diner, is handsome and generous with his tips. When he learns that Robin is an aspiring writer and has hand-written a novel, he volunteers his wife’s services to type up a manuscript for her.
Robin also begins dating a local boy named Frank. The way in which the author developed this relationship was intriguing. At first Robin seems almost bored or indifferent to Frank. We are left wondering until the very end whether or not Frank is truly “the one” for Robin.
Robin’s upstairs neighbor also has an interesting role in the plot. He is overweight and Robin seems repelled by his presence, but at the same time she is drawn to him and seeks him out at a couple of key points in the storyline.
And finally, we are introduced to Robin’s dysfunctional family which includes her mother, father, older brother and sister-in-law. What amazed me about Martha Reynolds’ writing abilities is that she deftly weaves together many different storylines without making them confusing or convoluted.
I highly recommend BEST SELLER if you like a quick, light read that is full of surprises until the end.
The author is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Giftcard or a Book Depository shopping spree of the same value.
There will be one winner. This giveaway is Open Internationally and ends 10/20. Void where prohibited. Click HERE to enter the giveaway!
About the Author:
Martha Reynolds ended an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and began writing full time in 2011. She is the author of five novels, including the award-winning Chocolate for Breakfast (her debut novel), Chocolate Fondue, Bittersweet Chocolate, and the Amazon #1 bestseller Bits of Broken Glass. Best Seller is her latest release. Her essays have appeared in Magnificat magazine.
She and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.
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