Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. My honest review comes by way of a complimentary copy of this book that I received from the author.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I’ve never read anything like it!
Well, yes, I have. It was author Jane Lebak’s novelette, Upsie-Daisy, in the Where the Light May Lead anthology that first introduced me to a bright and hilarious lady mechanic, Lee Singer, and her bright and hilarious best chum and guardian angel, Bucky. The two of them are in for an adventurous ride in Honest and for True, particularly because Lee has this terrible habit of lying to every man she dates (lying about her job), and Bucky wants her to drop the dishonesty already before it costs her more than she’ll ever want to lose.
As with its related novelette, I found this novel to be quick and clever, imaginative and real, and a downright riot. But even with all of its laugh-worthiness, the story tugged at my heartstrings–once to the point of my having to set the book aside and go flailing off while inwardly wailing, “BUCK-EEEEE!” (*Ahem.*)
This story takes a thought-provoking look at relationships: romantic, familial, one’s relationship with oneself. And that Lee and Bucky have such an entertaining and well-crafted friendship, one of the best you may ever come across in a women’s fiction comedy. I’ll admit some of the language in the novel took me off guard, from “mild swears” to language not allowed on broadcast television, but I didn’t find it gratuitous, and the strength of the story was certainly enough to keep me reading on.
If you’ve got an appreciation for George Bailey and Clarence Odbody’s adventure in Bedford Falls (or, um, Pottersville), go ahead and check out The Adventures of Lee and Bucky in New York City. Brilliant!
The adventures continue…