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Review and Giveaway: Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson June 20, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:10 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013)
Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


With high hopes, Dorothy Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it’s not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dot passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Dorothy, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Dorothy only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt’s very specific posthumous terms — personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dot’s cats.

And if Dorothy thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dot’s life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God’s perfect timing.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

My Thoughts and Giveaway:

I have yet to read a Melody Carlson book I don’t like and this book was no exception.

If you are looking for a light-hearted read with great characters then this is the book for you.

Daphne Ballinger just inherited a bunch of stuff from her Aunt Dee, including her secrets. Because of some stipulations in the will Daphne is thrown in to a whirlwind of decisions.

I could relate to Daphne because she likes to play it safe. That’s me. I like to have some idea before I walk into a restaurant what I will get. I will even go online and look at the menu if I can so I won’t be surprised. Daphne is very much the same way but because of the things happening in her life she is finding she can’t always live life that way. And truly what is the fun (I need to take some lessons)?

In this book you can travel along with Daphne as she discovers what it means to live and enjoy life.

You can grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publisher.

You can visit Melody’s website here.

Or you can win a copy by leaving a comment by June 26th at 5:00. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction  Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.