Last week I had the pleasure of reading a delightful romance (The Misadventures of Catie Bloom) written by my niece, Brooke Stanton. For weeks I (and many others) have been receiving teasers announcing the coming release of this book. I remember even voting, sometime in the past, on which cover design I liked best. When the day finally arrived and the book was available on Amazon, I felt it my “Auntie” duty to purchase a copy. (Okay, I’m cheapskate, I bought an ebook.)
Over the years I’ve read several of Brooke’s published articles and her blog, so I knew she was a good writer, still I always worry when I’m about to read a friend’s or relative’s book. Will I love it? Hate it? What if they want me to give a review and I don’t like it?
Well, I shouldn’t have worried.
Brook and I don’t write anything alike. In part it’s our age differences, but more than that it’s our lifestyles and past experiences. I love the rural life, being surrounded by animals, or getting on the boat with my husband. I have no idea what’s in or out in the fashion world, and though I’ve traveled a lot, I don’t do so on a regular basis. Brooke, on the other hand, grew up the child of an airline pilot and from a very young age was a jet setter. As an adult she’s lived in New York City, London, and Santa Monica. She’s spent time in France, and Australia. She’s a blue-eyed blonde who wears clothes like a model. Me? Well, let’s just say we’re opposites.
The Misadventures of Catie Bloom reflects Brooke’s more cosmopolitan lifestyle. Catie Bloom and her sister Natalie are today’s New Adults: two women in their late twenties, out of college, struggling with careers and romance.
The book is written in first person present tense, which I’ve never attempted. In fact, throughout the book the point-of-view often switches from one sister to the other, both in first person. The first time I came to the switch, I was confused and a little put off by the method, but then I realized the clue to the pov character was given in the heading of each chapter. If I saw CATIE, I knew that chapter would be in Catie’s pov. After that I was fine and enjoyed the more intimate “view” of each sister.
The story itself is lighthearted and humorous, a case of white lies catching up with Catie Bloom. For months she’s presented herself as a modern Martha Stewart—great cook, housekeeper, and wife. The problem is, she can’t cook, her house is a mess, and she’s not married.
I liked the back matter Brooke has in the ebook. She mentions how writers need reviews and one click on Here takes the reader to a spot to give a review. Brooke has also included a place to sign up to learn about the next book in the series.
Anyway, I’m proud (and a little envious) of my niece. The book has been #1 in its category for a couple weeks. If you enjoy lighthearted contemporary romance, take a look.Misadventures of Catie Bloom