Summer has arrived and around here that means beach reads and margaritas. A Reader's Respite's formula for the perfect summer day? The 3:1 ratio. That's three margaritas per great beach book.
Got the margarita mix but missing the book to go with it? Pick up a copy of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns.
Lucy Burns is young, single, and beautiful. In fact, if it weren't for her job, she'd be carefree. You see, Lucy is a facilitator. A facilitator for Hell. It's her job to usher the damned into her basement, which is a portal direct to fire and brimstone.
How did Lucy come by this job? Well, it's one of those bargains we make in times of trouble. You know the kind. Lucy's bargain was made when she was eleven years old and her sister was in an accident. It read like this:
"To Whom it May Concern,
Make Ellen wake up and I'll be forever in your debt."
While Lucy got to keep her sister, she also had to make good on her side of the bargain.
Sound a little on the dark side? Leiknas could have gone that way with the story, but deftly manages to keep the story both light and intelligent. Cultural references pepper the story with humor and wit, and Lucy's search for redemption is compelling enough to keep a reader's avid interest to the end.
All in all, a great summer read.
Especially accompanied by a good margarita.
Who's up for a great summer read? If you'd like to read The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, leave A Reader's Respite a comment here. International entrants are always welcome and we'll draw a random winner on June 28th.
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