Rebound - Book Review

I recently read Heather's Justesen's second book, Rebound, which follows the storyline of some of the characters in her first book, The Ball's in Her Court.

Here's the back cover blurb:

Lily's life is perfect--a perfect lie. With a successful husband, a gorgeous home, and a growing family, Lily Drake has it all. But when the FBI shows up, she realizes her husband is not the man she thought he was. Meanwhile, Lily's friend Curtis is about to be drafted by the NBA, but he suddenly feels pulled to find his birth family, and no one is prepared for what he'll discover. With so many obstacles in their way, Lily and Curtis must learn to rely on each other if they're ever going to find peace and learn to love again. In this heartwarming family drama, Heather Justesen, author of The Ball's in Her Court, weaves a stirring story of hope. Reunite with your favorite characters and discover how determination, love, and faith can overcome even the toughest trials.

If you enjoyed The Ball's in Her Court, I think you'll definitely enjoy this book as well. The tone and style are very similar, and some of your favorite characters from the first book make appearances in the second book. I always love that.

I did enjoy this book quite a bit. The characters were rich and the issues were pretty complex. I especially liked Curtis. I really liked the way he was portrayed in this book. The tone was a little bit distant for me, though, and I felt the climax wasn't fleshed out as well as it could have been. Still, all in all, I'd recommend it, especially for lovers of contemporary romance with touches of real-world issues.

Apologies, and NEWS

Sorry I haven't been blogging at all lately! I keep looking at the date of my last post, thinking, Has it really almost been a month???? I also have a couple of book reviews I'm supposed to be doing that I'm behind on. I've been writing a little. Here and there. Not like I'd planned. My triathlon went well. I finished at least! Huzzah! I did it in about 1 hour and 44 minutes. They canceled the swim and I had to do an extra mile of running because of it. :'( So I'm planning to do another one in August so I can really, truly say I'm a triathlete. Pray for good weather for me!!!

Next week I'll be at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference. Woohoo!!! I'm soooo excited! I only decided yesterday to do it for sure. It's just kind of overwhelming with the amount of babysitting I'm going to have to work out and the cost and everything, but I decided to go for it. Kristyn Crow still had spots in her class, and I'm really excited to work with her. She's a picture book author and her books are really good, and she seems to know what she's talking about in her advice to authors on her webpage, so I expect it to be awesome.

Speaking of picture books, I don't have my picture books on the sidebar - maybe I should update that! I have 5 that are polished pretty well to the best of my abilities right now, so it's just a matter of figuring out which one(s) to bring with me.

One is about Skye, a little girl who takes a BIG trip into outer space. (We're not just talking to the moon and back.)

Another is about Annie, and her Copycat, whose name is also Annie. (I told you she was a copycat!)

One is about Daxton Mason, a little boy who wants to become a rocket ship when he grows up. (No, not an astronaut. That would be boring. He wants to actually grow up to be a rocket ship!)

And one is in the style of The House that Jack Built, only it is The Earth that God Made.

I also have a fairy tale - it's actually not a children's picture book, though, it's an adult allegory. So I won't be taking that one. Maybe I'll find a publisher while I'm there that I can submit it to, though! :-D

So, any opinions on which book I should take to be workshopped on Monday? Which of them sound the most interesting to YOU? I may have time to do more than one throughout the course of the week, but she said to just bring one for now. And I'm stressing about having to pick a favorite. I love ALL of my babies!