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Book Review: ‘OverEasy’, by Pamela Ford

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About the Author

Reviews 2016 07 11 Book Review Overwasy Pamela FordPamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

About the Book

OverEasyAllie Parker’s had enough. Just because she’s a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She’s convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister’s stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.

Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she’s met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn’t know is that he’s a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she’s his contact—and so does everyone else who’s after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie’s world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

Book Review

Well written, engaging, with a great flow and no hiccups of any sort that distracted from my reading, Pamela Ford’s “Overeasy” features a main character that is quite likable and sidekicks intriguing enough that the idea of sequels featuring them is appealing.  It is not meant to be a serious book; it’s a beach chick flick read, after all, featuring a series of incredible and sometimes hilarious events that build into an overall fun story that will leave readers shaking their heads incredulously.

But there are still some things that can be gleaned while reading this book.  For example, it can hit readers how the main character is 28 years-old and yet unable to take ownership of her career decision.  Sure her family isn’t happy with her being a dog groomer, but that was a decision she herself took.  It begs the question: if Allie was truly satisfied with her life, would her family’s disapproval weight that heavily on her?

Allie is hit with a realisation at the end of the book which I am purposefully not explaining here.  This realisation had great potential with regards to opening readers’ eyes.  However, it kind of came out of the blue and wasn’t too well explained, which is unfortunate as its impact becomes a little diffuse.

The ending was surprisingly real, despite the surreal nature of Allie’s overall experience.  Things in life rarely end cleanly; there are always loose ends and this to me made the book all the more enjoyable.

Add to Bookshelf?

If you are looking for an easy, fun, unrealistic read, then yes.

Thank you to iReads Book Tours for providing a
copy of this book for me to review!

 

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