Pleasant Day - Vera Jane Cook

5 Stars!

WITH MURDER IN COMMON FRIENDSHIP IS INEVITABLE.In the town of Hollow Creek, South Carolina, two separate murders, fifteen years apart, unite fifteen-year-old Pleasant Day and sixty-year-old Clarissa Blackwell. As Pleasant Day struggles with her mother's distance, her father's infidelity and the death of her best friend, she draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with the secrets to heal her. But Clarissa has struggles of her own as she faces betrayal and seeks to come to terms with old wounds. With her unpredictable psychic ability to 'read people' Clarissa uncovers the answers to a deadly crime and to Pleasant's true identity. In the end, both Pleasant and Clarissa's worlds are transformed by the truths they're forced to accept, and both find solace and strength in the histories that have shaped them.

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

She is married and lives on the Upper West side of Manhattan with her spouse, her Basenji/Chihuahua mix, Roxie, her chihuahua puppy, Peanut, and her two pussy cats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie. Added to the mix is Carly, an adopted five year old chocolate brown Dachshund.

I just love this author (my 4th by her)! I always know I am going to be in for an eventful evening when I start reading one of hers. She writes it like it is, she doesn't candy coat anything. If you are squeamish in any way (swearing, sex, violence etc.) her books are probable not for you.
Her books are not erotic, they are raw, honest, and very gripping!

Holy cow! This one is suspenseful! With lots of twists and turns this will keep you on the edge of your seat. Once again we are taken to the deep south of SC where we meet Pleasant. What a character she is! Pleasant is way older than her fifteen years and has experienced much more than a usual teen should. As usual, excellent character development. I loved Pleasant as well as Clarissa.
There is never a dull moment in this book!
Here is a sample of her writing style that I just love! -
"Looking over yonder I can see my mama putting clothes on a line. There's a bunch of purple flowers between me and her. The clothes are all white except for one blue towel. It looks so proud to be different. Mama's hair is dandelion yellow, golden against the daylight. She's a compliment to the natural environment around her, like an oak tree is to a back yard and like a lone cactus would be to a wide desert." 
"Nothing worse that grey light coming in your window on a Sunday morning. Personally, I don't like the color grey. It reminds me of the absence of color. I know, I know, people say grey is a color but it isn't. It's grey. Grey like smoke, like clouds, like ash. Grey like dirt and shale. Grey is Mr. Wiley's hair and a cat bit me once was grey. Grey is a deadly color, Grey gets between me and the sun and threatens rain. It is a downer, grey is. Don't ever wear grey, people are likely to avoid you." ~ I just LOVE this paragraph! I think it may be one of my favorite paragraphs ever. I personally hate the color grey! And this literally takes the words right out of my mouth!
So here I am - waiting for the next Vera Jane Cook book! She can't write fast enough for me.

Thank you Vera for sending me this copy of your book and "Virtual Author Book Tours" for letting me join your book tour in exchange for my honest review!

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  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed 'Pleasant Day' as much as Vera Jane Cook's other books you have read!

  2. Ooh another great book to add to the list. I have not heard of this author but your review tells me that I need to check her out.


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