Dancing Backward In Paradise - Vera Jane Cook

Winner: Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence 
and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction! 
5 Star Clarion ForeWord Review! 

4 Stars!

Life for Grace Place is all about sucking on "meat jerkys" and Lenny Bean, her handsome lover. Grace's mother has loftier plans for her daughter. She insists that Grace save her money and move to New York City so she can find fame and fortune as an actress.

Grace works as a cleaning lady for wealthy Betty Ann Houseman so she can pool her pennies for the trip north. Betty Ann has a passion for men more pronounced than her overbite, and it isn't long before she's parting the sheets for Lenny Bean. But just before Grace leaves Hixson for New York City, she uncovers an insidious plot: the Bean family is trying to steal Betty Ann's estate.

Grace flees to New York, where she faces her darkest hours. In a world of surprises, Grace truly discovers paradise.

Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women's Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.

Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Vera Jane Cook's Website: http://www.verajanecook.com/
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This book did a full 180 on me! It started out very rough for me, a lot of swearing, a lot of sex. But then it started growing on me and I ended up loving it! You really did have to get into the characters in order to like it. And that is exactly what Vera did. She is an excellent character builder.

I started out not really liking any of the characters, even the main character - Grace. But I ended up loving her! She started out as poor white southern trash and ended up a sweetheart! Vera does that with her characters. They start out all rough and tumble and then they change as they learn through life.
"Grace!" Ginny Jo screamed and slammed her hand down on the dashboard. "Sometimes you're as dumb as a bucket of seashells." - Well I was thinking as dumb as a pile of rocks, but this works for me! LOL she couldn't put two and two together if her life depended on it!!
"New York City strangeness will be different than it is here."
"What do you mean?"
"Well southern strangeness has a kind of charm, like something we're entitled to be."
"You mean like genteel and sugar-coated?"
"We southerners are incorrigibly strange, aren't we?"...
"There's no such thing as a strange Northerner?" I asked.
Mama shook her head. "No. They are either normal or abnormal. If they are abnormal, they are capable of debauchery in the most vile of ways. You got that? Northerners are abnormal, Southerners are strange."  

This is my third book by Vera Jane Cook, I really love and respect her as an author! I can't wait to read something else by her.

Thank you "Premier Virtual Author Book Tours" and Vera Jane Cook for sending me this e-book to read and review!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed 'Dancing in Paradise'!