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Camping in High Heels by Miki Bennett
Miki Bennett has shifted gears with her new romance novel, Camping in High Heels, but she continues to turn out hard-to-lay-down books with her virtuous, heart-and-soul writing style. Readers are taken on a hilarious adventure with Kate Palmer in the first book in this new series after she accepts a challenge by one of her travel blog followers. She’s used to 5 Star accomodations, but this challenge pushes her into new territory as she spends the next six months camping and RVing. Experiencing a learning curve that led her to nickname the RV she is driving Monster, she begins to question why anyone would actually choose to travel and camp via RV. She’s surprised by the friendships she begins to make at the very first campground, and this continues from campground to campground.
As Bennett tells of Kate’s travels to New Orleans, Texas and New Mexico, readers begin to see Kate come to appreciate the outdoors. It’s a romance novel, so naturally a romance starts to blossom as she continually bumps into fellow camper, Brandon.
This is a clean, well-written novel. Bennett’s descriptions of the many places she sees -like the Alamo and the French Quarter- are explained so well readers will feel like they have seen it too. The characters are all well-defined, and the story line is progressive. I believe Camping in High Heels offers a good message of trying something different. This underlying message encourages readers to do just that. After all, it isn’t possible to know if one would really like something or not unless they try it.
I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series and see what new adventures Kate and her friends will experience.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
The Homeport Journals, written by AC Burch, is an absolutely lovely story. There’s romantic love, familial love, and a clear love of the quaint town of Provincetown. Marc Nugent escaped from a traumatic experience involving his now ex-boyfriend, but he felt a bit lost and alone. With time and with the hilarious and charismatic Helena, the snarky, yet adorable older ladies, Lola and Dorrie and the efferevescent and artistic aura of Provincetown, Marc overcame his fears and saw his life blossom. Helena played such a fascinating role in the story. Not only was she a highly lively character, but one might say she was a master of disguise. The familial love that Lola and Dorrie developed for the young men in this story was quite heartwarming. When Marc faced the challenges of new suitors, as well as his former boyfriend showing up, the support he discovered in his new “family” was beautiful.
Wow, The Homeport Journals runs deep and wide. In fact, my brief review just can’t do it justice. From the very beginning, AC Burch offers readers a clear, flowing description that makes one see the houses, the views and the overall picturesque setting of Provincetown. This elegant writing style continues through the entire story. In fact, I fell in love with this little piece of paradise just by reading The Homeport Journals. On top of that, AC has such skill in the way he writes that the characters are very easy to visualize and remember. I just didn’t want to put The Homeport Journals down. I continue to laugh, smile, and chuckle and feel my heart warm as I reflect back on the story as I write this review. I truly hope that AC Burch releases a sequel to The Homeport Journals because I would love to read the next one. Highly recommended!
Originally critiqued by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch