My Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper

April 6, 2015 Reviews 12

My Bluegrass Baby by Molly HarperMy Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Bluegrass #1
Published by Audible Studios, Pocket Books on April 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 167
Length: 5 hours 28 minute
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks & Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position.

Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign. So when their boss pits them against each other in a winner-takes-all contest, they’re both willing to fight dirty if it means getting what they want. But it turns out, what Josh and Sadie want could be each other—and Josh’s kisses are the best Kentucky attraction Sadie’s found yet!

I’ve missed the Molly Harper, Amanda Ronconi duo. Its been almost a year since I picked up an audio book by this duo and it was too long. My Bluegrass Baby was the laugh out loud, sweet romance I’ve come to expect from Harper. And Ronconi delivers those one-liners so perfectly I don’t think you can help but laugh out loud, wherever you are, no matter how inappropriate the timing.

My Bluegrass Baby won’t blow you away with the originality of its storyline – you know the end pretty much as soon as you start. But that’s really not the point – the getting there is the fun part.

I love the characters Harper creates, they’re so real – they are full of glaring flaws and weaknesses, but they have so much heart and goodness too. I loved the main characters Sadie and Josh – even when they were behaving badly.

I’m so used to Harper writing in small town settings, I didn’t realize at first that My Bluegrass Baby doesn’t have that at all. But she created her own version of a small town in the tourism office’s community – they’re like that small town where everyone’s in everyone’s business and, with few exceptions, loves each other like a big, dysfunctional family. I love that element in her books and I’m glad it showed up in a unique way here.

If your looking for a quick romance that will make you smile and laugh, pick up My Bluegrass Baby. And I insist, you HAVE to listen to this one. It would be a shame to miss out on the greatness of Amanda Ronconi!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Molly Harper

My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

In high school, when other girls my age were writing poems about dying unicorns and bleeding roses, I was writing essays about having political arguments with my dad at the dinner table. (Whoever made the other person laugh at their own political party won the argument.) I knew I wanted to write when I grew up, but I also knew there was very little chance I could make a living writing books, so I went for the next best thing – newspaper writing.

I majored in print journalism at Western Kentucky University and used my shiny new degree to get a job at my hometown newspaper. I married my high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. And for six years, I wrote about school board meetings, quilt shows, a man “losing” the fully grown bear he kept as a pet in his basement, and a guy who faked his death by shark attack in Florida and ended up tossing pies at a local pizzeria.

I loved my job at the paper. I loved meeting new people every day and never knowing where I would end up. But somehow, the ever-shifting schedules of a police officer and a reporter did not equal “family friendly.” One of us needed to take a normal job for the sake of our young daughter. I took a secretarial position at a local church office, which left me with dependably free evenings for the first time in my adult life. David was working the night shift that summer and I was losing.my.mind. We were living in “The Apartment of Lost Souls” while building our new home. This was the place where appliances and small electronics went to die. Every night I would tuck our snoozing child into bed and wait for the washing machine to start smoking or the computer to suddenly flash the “blue screen of death.” Then there was the plague of frogs in the bathroom that put our daughter of potty-training for about six months.

Normally, when things get tough, I can take solace in reading. But I surveyed my packing box of favorite books with the apathetic air of someone who stands in front of the open refrigerator for 10 minutes and can’t find anything. Nothing sounded good. So I just sat down and started writing something I would want to read.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

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12 Responses to “My Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper”

    • Berls
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      Oh I INSIST 🙂 Grab any Molly Harper book you haven’t read yet (or heck, one you feel like rereading) – Amanada Ronconi narrates them all – and you’ll never go back. The two are the perfect duo! Of course, it helps that Molly puts out some really great reading material – I love everything I pick up of hers 🙂
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    • Berls
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      Oh you must do the audio, I insist 😉 Have you ever listened to Amanda Ronconi? She’s wonderful!

  1. Ramona
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    Interesting, ducks. This duo is new to me, but I’m adding the book on my list due to your super-warm recommendation – I mean, who could possibly resist that? Not I, forsooth 😛 Hope you’re having a good Monday xx
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Ramona, I’m having a great day so far 🙂 Oh I’m glad to put Harper-Ronconi on EVERYONE’s list – they’re just so fun! I guarantee you’ll laugh!

    • Berls
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      I agree, none of her books ever shock you (so far), but they’re always fun. I definitely recommend a trip to the library for this one 🙂

  2. HP20508

    Wow. I am not use to read an audio book but this seems good. I love romance books. I should definitely listen to it 🙂

    • Berls
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      This is classic Molly Harper humor, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it 🙂 I still have quite a few to read – well listen to – and I always look forward to them.

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