I just finished the most delightful, amusing and entertaining book by Tristi Pinkston.
In Secret Sisters, Tristi introduces us to the character of Ida Mae Babbit, president of the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society. Ida Mae and her lively cohorts, the other ladies in the Relief Society, learn about a family who is struggling and needs help, but won't reach out to others. So, the ladies with their very big hearts and good intentions, set out to get to the bottom of things. With the help of Ida Mae's nephew, they set up an elaborate spy network with cameras and bugs, in an attempt to find out what is going on in the life of the little family with a big secret.
I enjoyed this book on so many levels. First, it has been a long time since I've read a hardback book of this size, which fits nicely in my hand and reminds me of the Nancy Drew books I read as a child. (And that alone makes me giddy, knowing that Ida Mae's adventures won't end here and I'm in for a delightful series!) But other than the fun, light mystery and the compelling characters, the similarities end there. Woven into the hilarious story are messages for young moms and more experienced moms alike, about how to use our gifts and how to recognize our limitations and ask for help if we need it. It would make a wonderful gift, along with a new mug and a box of tea, for a stressed out mom!
Tristi's books are always a treat and I'm guaranteed a good read. This is the first fiction/mystery of Tristi's that I've read. She's an accomplished writer of historical fiction and those will continue to be among my favorite books. I'm not usually a fan of mysteries, but this light and amusing story provided me with an enjoyable few hours. I'm glad for the chance to review it and be a part of the Blog Tour for such a charming and refreshing read.