Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Book Review: "Secret Sisters" by Tristi Pinkston

Okay, before I get to the review, I have to get something off my chest. I read a lot of books. I mean, really. Because I love reading. And I read lots of young adult books because, well, that’s my genre and what I need to know, and those are the stories I love. But.

Lately, YA books have been getting heavy. Or, at least, the best ones are. Heavy in topic. Heavy in emotion. Heavy in words and pages. Yikes! And even though I’m dying to read them, I find myself staring at the stacks of books on my nightstand warily, putting off opening them because I know that the minute I do, I’ll be sucked into a world of drama.

That’s how I like my YA books.

But no one can read ALL drama, all the time. To do so would be, well, exhausting. Which is why I also have a grand appreciation for short, entertaining books that make me laugh out loud. You know what I mean? Feel good books.

But I’m picky. Always. I still insist on reading books with well defined characters, thoughtful plots, and just all around good writing. Let’s face it. A writer’s style and voice can make or break the book.

The point is I’ve been excited for the release of Secret Sisters for something like two years. Ever since Tristi brought the first chapters of this book to our critique group, I’ve been completely hooked. (And just so you all know, this is the first in a multi-book series, so I’m still hooked.)

Right off the bat, I fell in love with Ida Mae. She’s so matter-of-fact and thoughtful, and just downright fun. Put her together with her sidekicks…er, I mean, Relief Society counselors, Tansy and Arlette, secretary Hannah, and zany—and totally hunky—nephew Ren, and let the, I mean, sleuthing, um, I mean, investigating begin.

This cast of characters will have you laughing out loud in the middle of the day, perhaps while you’re in the grocery store or driving your car, when out of the blue a great line pops into your head. One such as, “Sister Babbitt, why is the Relief Society here?”

Yes, that really happened. And people stared. I appeared to be nuts. Don’t worry, I’m used to it.

If you’re looking for a quick, light-hearted read that will have you giggling for days after you’ve finished, add Secret Sisters to your list. This one’s a keeper. Thank goodness it’s the first of a series. I know there will be several more books to which I can look forward.

**Afterthought** In reading my own words, it sounds like this is a young adult book, which it is not. Although, young adults would probably like it too. This book has been classified as chick-lit for the elderly. Or just plain old fun!

Here’s the blurb:

Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society, didn’t mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low, and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods…well, isn’t that what any caring Relief Society president would do?

With the help of her counselors, Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there’s more to the situation than meets the eye.

But it’s all in a day’s work for the Relief Society.

To purchase your copy of Secret Sisters, click here.

To learn more about the author, Tristi Pinkston, check out her blog or website.

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Mary Campbell said...

Thanks for the review. I like light and fun books too sometimes - love Janette Rallison. I haven't read any of Tristi's books yet - need to.

Keith Fisher said...

I loved the book too. good review.

Carolyn V. said...

I love a fun book! Great review Nichole!

L.T. Elliot said...

I agree with you about just needing a slice of happy/lighthearted. I just think it's so necessary in such a "downer" world. (Sometimes downer. Not always.) This book was one such slice of joy.