Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson
B&H Books / 2013
About the book:
With high hopes, Daphne 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 Dee passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Daphne, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.
Daphne 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 Dee’s cats.
And if Daphne thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dee's life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God's perfect timing.
Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel was a fun and quirky read! The characters were interesting and I liked how the book didn't have a typical ending and left me wondering what was going to happen next in Daphne's life.
I really loved the "Dear Daphne" letters. That was definitely one of my favorite parts of Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel.
Overall, I liked Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel a lot and look forward to (hopefully) reading the next "Dear Daphne" novel when it releases. :) If you enjoy contemporary novels, I think you will enjoy this book.
*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*