Friday, April 9, 2010

Secret Sisters

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.

10 comments:

Joanne said...

I like the title, and with that title and your take on the story, it almost sounds like a new genre - Womens Fiction Mystery! I'm not too big on mysteries either, per se. But this one, with the sister spin, would intrigue me.

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a light fun read for the summer season.
Thanks for the the sweet comment on my current post. Now Ken is walking around thinking he's a special gem! :) Which he is!

Melinda

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. This book sounds like a great read - I intend to pick it up at the book store this week! I'm so glad that you are enjoying reading my own blog and that one of my posts reminded you of growing up. That's important to me. Ciao, bella!

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
YOUR MYSTERY BOOK SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD READ. HAPPY READING, I MUST START BACK TO MY READING. WE WERE AT BARNES AND NOBLE AND I BOUGHT THE BOOK LITTLE WOMEN, BY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT. I HAVE ALL THE DVD'S THEY MADE ON LITTLE WOMEN. HOW I LOVE IT, I AM LOOKING FORWARD IN READING IT.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR NICE COMMENTS YOU LEFT ME. YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL TO ME.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Patty said...

Great review, I'll definitely check this book out

Bernideen said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog - I visited a church in Broomfield on Easter and did a post about that. Broomfield is lovely!

diana said...

the books you read and recommend could keep me busy reading for a very long time =) this sounds like a good one and one i'll have to look into.

i'm in the middle of THE HELP. have you read it? i think you would like it.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for the great review, Karen! Your opinion means a lot to me.

Anita said...

Oh how I wish I had time to read, read, read! Because I'd read everything you summarize on your blog. You're very good at it.