"A mile is not a good walk. A mile is a warm-up, city woman." ~ pg. 61
Romance novelist Taylor Beir is persuaded to teach a young boy how to read in Peddler's Creek, West Virginia. Taylor never expected she'd relocate to a middle-of-nowhere, dirt road town but as a favor to her mother, she does. Unfortunately the young boy, Christopher, doesn't want to learn how to read. His older brother is an asshat and the townspeople are hostile. Taylor is determined to make everyone in Peddler's Creek realize she is gentle-hearted good diva and the best thing to ever happen to their town.
The Diva of Peddler's Creek is my introduction to author Ava Bleu. I liked the story with the exception of one uber annoying character: Mary. Every statement was an exclamation. "Hello! Yes! You made a prom dress! We do things to help the town!" Lady, please. Stop it with the exclamations. I'm sure this was intentional to add personality to the character versus an oversight by the editor. Either way, it made reading difficult when Mary was involved in dialogue.
I really liked the setting of the book. I am a city girl just like the main character, Taylor. I felt like I was adjusting to the farmland as she was. When Christopher would call her names and refuse to learn, I felt frustrated right along with her. The author did a good job of writing a realistic main character.
Pick a sunny day this summer. Pull up a lounge chair, admire the cute book cover, check out Ava Bleu's guest post here, view the book trailer below then read The Diva of Peddler's Creek.
DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the author for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: The Diva of Peddler's Creek
Author: Ava Bleu
Published: October 2010