The best thing about blogging is the relationships that are formed; it is always special when you are able to continue those relationships "in real life." In my experience meeting bloggers I have, almost universally, felt an instant friendship connection predicated on the fact that most people are quite honest on their blogs.
Last February I got to meet Melissa Westemeier aka Green Girl in Wisconsin.
She's as great as you would think she is from reading her blog.
She's also a published author.
I know. She's living the blogger's dream--the dream that takes a ton of hard work to fulfill.
When she shared that her book had been published and how to pre-order it, I jumped right on it. The book was delivered on December 21 and I had an important decision to make--dive right in or wait until I could read it straight through? I waited.
My opportunity for uninterrupted reading time came a couple of days after Christmas--I combined it with a bath and some home-baked treats.
You know what would be really dreadful?
If your blogger/friend wrote a book and had to tell her, "Umm, it was . . . uh, interesting."
Thankfully, will not have to use inventive language to avoid saying what I thought of the book--'cause I loved it!
The novel is as light and frothy, yet filling, as a cream whipped to airy perfection resting atop a thick slice of the best homemade pumpkin pie.
The heroine, Sadie, is believable, lovable in her foibles and you just KNOW you'd be friends with her. The cultural references and touchstones are spot-on--especially if, like Melissa and me, you're a public radio afficionado. If you've ever been to a home-sales party (or, even better, if you've ever sold Pampered Chef)--and who among us has not?--Coddled Cuisine will be familiar to you before the first invitation is sent.
The story is chock-full of love, office politics, friendships, drinking and wardrobe choices. In short, everything great Chick LIt should be.
When the next story in this series comes out (or, better yet, when the fifth one comes out) remember that I told you so. Melissa's got a hit on her hands.
And I want to put a copy in YOUR hands!
Share a home-party purchase regret (or maybe it was an amazing deal that you use every day)in the comments and I will pick a winner (randomly) to receive a copy.
If you don't win a copy, you should still buy one. Click here!