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Posted July 24, 2012
Martina Boone's work in SWEETER THAN TEA, Bringing Lula Home, is a living example of how quality writing craft not only matters, but brings the story about an artist reclaiming her passion, family secrets and reconciliation, to life.
As an author who has yet to complete a novel under 100k, I was amazed at how seamlessly Martina fashioned such a poignant, compelling story with well-developed characters and even a sweet hook at the end, while still leaving the reader satisfied in so few pages. Her imagery is clean, crisp and so clear I always knew exactly where I stood in the story. The way she teases or comforts the reader with dashes of back story throughout the piece is truly masterful.
I enjoyed the characters, cared about them, laughed with them, worried about them. And in the end, I was hoping for them, which kept me turning pages, thoroughly entertained by each of the rich story threads. There's even the hint of a sweet romance within Bringing Lula Home!
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Posted May 12, 2013
Not the "feel good" book I was hoping for on a lazy summer afternoon. I oftentimes read to escape and think of simpler times.
There were unexpected sexual innuendos and coarse language, definitely not my CUP OF TEA. If you are looking for a fun read, skip this book, and get a travelogue instead.