Friday, April 9, 2010

Lookin' Back, Texas

Author: Leanna Ellis
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
ISBN: 978-0-8054-4697-5
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary women’s fiction

Suzanne Mullins gets a frantic phone call from her father, but it is too garbled to understand. A few minutes later, a neighbor calls and talks about how her father has just died. Suzanne is horrified when she realizes that its her father that died. So, she flies to Texas to be there for her mother. But then she discovers that her father isn’t really dead. He just left her mother. And her mother is planning his funeral.

Suzanne is convinced there is something illegal in what her parents are doing, so she calls her lawyer husband for advice. Mike flies out to be with Suzanne, bringing their fifteen year old son with him. But then it seems as if Suzanne’s life is starting to spiral out of control.

Not only is her mother determined to have a funeral for a very alive man, but residents of the town are reporting ghost sightings…and Suzanne has a secret she’s harbored for years. A secret that could destroy her own marriage.

LOOKIN’ BACK, TEXAS is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Ellis and she is definitely an author whom I’ll be checking out her future books. I enjoyed getting to know Suzanne and Mike, and even the considerably off-kilter Betty Lynne and some of her neighbors.

I didn’t know that is actually a town named Luckenbach, but my husband knew about it when I started sharing some of the events in this book. Some of the scenes are laugh out loud funny. I literally couldn’t put this book down and I read when I should have been doing other things. If you are looking for a great contemporary, be sure to pick up LOOKIN’ BACK, TEXAS. This is a book that will touch your heart. $14.99. 372 pages.

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