This book, a BRAG Medallion award winner, the first in the series, introduces the intrepid Bunny Elder.
Freed from a stifling marriage by her husband's sudden death and no longer a pastor's wife, Bunny Elder struggles to find a new identity in a maze of romance, moral dilemmas and murder.
Bunny Elder's safe, secure world comes crashing down when the death of her husband thrusts her into a surprising and dangerous world, challenging all her preconceptions and beliefs.
Join her as she becomes entangled in a series of grisly murders and untangles the threads of her true self.
Will her adventures lead her into the arms of her first love? Or into the clutches of a madman?
About the Author
Raised in the northern end of the Sacramento Valley in California, J.B.Hawker's early life was framed by mountain ranges. While her physical vistas were bounded on almost every side, her imagination was free to soar without limits.
"I've made up stories my whole life," said Hawker when interviewed. "While other children might need a flashlight to read under the covers after bedtime, I simply made up my own stories, many of which lasted multiple nights, having intricate details and characters drawn both from my life and my imagination."
After twenty years serving small churches from Alaska to South Dakota as a pastor's wife, she returned to her California roots to start over in mid-life as a single business woman and author.
J.B. has published many articles on faith and ministry as well as programming materials for women's ministry.
"Hollow" the first book in the Bunny Elder series and winner of the BRAG Medallion Award, was her first published fiction.
J.B. has three grown sons. Her oldest, the father of her three beautiful granddaughters, lives in northern Italy, the setting of the second book in the series, "Vain Pursuits", featuring the on-going adventures of Bunny and Max. "Seadrift" takes Bunny to the Oregon coast where their story continues.
"...and Something Blue" concludes this series with Bunny and her new husband sailing off to Australia and, as usual, drifting into a series of inadvertent adventures.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This 200 page book has about 180 pages of story, it is extremely religious. It is pretty gory and contains premarital sex as well as homosexualality. It takes place before and after Halloween. I have never read a Christian book like this one before. Despite all the Bible verses, prayers and tenents on living a Christian life, this book deals with subjects unrealted to Christianty, in a very irreverant manner. I was pretty surprised and at times a bit offended. The characters are all unlikable. Bunny does not see or wants to see what is going on outside of her own little space, she has a holier then thou attitude and everytime she sins, she finds religious reasons to do so. Max is an ass, he is so anti religious, vain, promiscious and overbearing, it is impossible to like him. These two are the main characters and the rest of the people are worse, especially the preachers. This is the first book in a series of four. The one is free. The mystery is solved, but it is still open ended. The efiting has a few problems. I have noticed in quite a few books lately, authors use the word site, which means a place or area, in place of the word sight, which means to look at in some manner. This author never used either correctly. This book is for adults only due to subject matter. Not chick lit. There is some romancing, if you want to call it that, but I think lust is a better term for what is in this book. One star for length and one star for being different. AD
Yes, as other reviewers have stated, this book is religious. I am not one for having any religon pushed on me, with that being said, this book didn't bother me all that much. Every chapter started with a bible passage and the main character is a pastors wife. I found her "sermons" spaced far enough apart that I did not feel ambushed. The mystery itself was a good concept that at times got lost in long winded filler. This book could have easily been 50 pages shorter and been as good (or better.)
Good balance of interaction with the characters.
We are proud to announce that HOLLOW by J.B. Hawker is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
This book is a RELIGIOUS book. This is a book that pushes a religious agenda in the guise of a mystery. It also expresses anti-gay sentiment (equating them with child molesters), anti-Latino sentiment (portraying them as superstitious people who are easily frightened and gullible), anti-special needs people, and anti...well, anti about anything that isn't fundamentalist Christian. The main character Bunny Elder (who is what we used to call in 'the old days' a "Dumb Bunny") is a former cheerleader and pastor's wife whose husband dies and who is forced to work because she no longer has an income. She goes to work for her ex-husband (one who she married before the pastor) at her small town's newspaper. Each chapter begins with a quote from the old testament. That was my first clue. But I thought at first that the author was trying to point out the heroine's hypocrisy, as she is a self-centered, judgmental, somewhat pea-brained woman who gets in a state of emotional distress over anything and anyone who does not adhere to her rather narrow world view. But, no, I was giving the author too much credit - this book is straight-up, seriously-skewed religious proselytizing. There are all kinds of unnecessary asides throughout the book, the first noticeable one is the character's editorial comments on Halloween. We, the readers, are left with the idea - intially - that this is just some weird holdover from her childhood, nothing religious oh no, but soon after...The character is walking home (which she does a lot, and considering there is a serial killer loose, that's a fairly stupid move), sees a flyer for a heavy metal concert in a nearby town, and makes all kinds of comments on how disgusting it is, how it's somehow connected to Halloween (it's not), and so on. There was no need to put that in the book except to advance the author's religious sentiments. Oh and by the way, the author can't even come up with decent fake names for heavy metal bands, so that tells me right there she hasn't even done her research. Even the police cannot escape her wrath, as she casts aspersions on the professionalism of a gay officer, who, while he is supposed to be helping in the investigation, uses that time to pick up other gay men (and the author is pretty graphic about it, which was kind of weird, all things considered). He is portrayed as a creepy always-on-the-make gay guy. The ending is full of praying and Bunny's editorial take on life, which is basically an "us against them" kind of world view. The plot is weak, the characters are one-dimensional (and the only 'decent' ones are the ones in her Baptist church, the rest are horrible people), and the ending was unfortunately very predictable (considering the attitudes expressed in the book, it could only have been the person it turned out to be). Not worth reading at all.