Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beach Read: CARPE BEAD 'EM by Tonya Kappes

It’s not the plot or theme or setting that draws me into a book but the voice.  And this book, written in first person present tense, has got VOICE.  It’s like sitting down with your BFFs, an apple-tini in hand, catching up on what happened in the previous week. There’s no doubt that Hallie Mediate will be your BFF by the end of the book, too.         

Book Title:  Carpe Bead ‘Em
Author:  Tonya Kappes
Genre:    Chick Lit
Setting:  Originates in Chicago but quickly relocates to Cincinnati
Format:  Kindle ebook
Pages:  n/a
Publication date:  2011
Publisher:  Tonya Kappes
Favorite Passage: 
My alarm!  Not the physical alarm, but my internal alarm clock, propels me out of bed.  I lunge for my real clock and shake the life out of it.
     The damn thing.
     I need to invest in a new clock because this happens several times a week.  And Shaken Clock Syndrome has just about done the thing in.  I own up to the fact it could be operator rather than mechanical error.

AND, The Clapper scenes (as in “Clap On, Clap Off”), but I don’t want to spoil it for you so you’ll have to read the book. 

Beach Read Rating:  5 (out of 5) Beach Umbrellas

Review:  With a cute dog, an even cuter guy, crazy relatives, a career in fashion retail (the benefit of which is lots of great clothes), girl’s nights out, and a hobby of beading,  Carpe Bead ‘Em has a little something for everyone.  It’s a fun and funny super fast read.  So fast, in fact, that my thumb cramped from constant pressure on the Page Forward button.  What makes this book a little bit different from the Chick Lit genre in general is there’s a whole lot of beading going on.  Making fashionable necklaces is Hallie’s therapy of choice when life spins a little out of control, and the author, who once owned a bead store, writes these scenes with authority.  I found the creative process fascinating.  So much so that I thought about taking up the hobby myself.  The time spent with Hallie and her gal pals made for a great afternoon escape.  The voices were fresh and witty, and I found myself laughing out loud.  A lot.  The best 99 cents I’ve ever spent.  Carpe Bead ‘Em  was Tonya’s first release, and I’ve already cued up her paranormal chick lit mystery, in my E-TBR stack.      

Cover blurb:  Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.
That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.
When she arrives in town, Hallie finds crazy Aunt Grace rummaging through a dumpster looking for the “perfect” welcome home gift for her niece. That’s just the beginning. After that, Aunt Grace stays busy by dying her stolen poodle’s hair pink and leaving the dog on her apartment roof to pee, throwing bricks out the window at passing neighbors, and climbing every flag pole to kiss the ornamental eagle.
Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading. When her talent is discovered by a major department store jewelry buyer, Hallie realizes that what she had in Chicago might not have been her dream life after all.
When faced with the choice of moving back to Chicago and Bo or taking a leap of faith to start her own jewelry company (with Aunt Grace in tow), Hallie has to make a decision. Will she let her past and her future collide, or will she or keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?


Tonya Kappes said...

Jayne! Thank you so much! I'm so excited and honored that you loved Carpe Bead 'em. It really was so much fun writing about Hallie and her friends! Thanks you!!!

Anonymous said...

LoveLoveLove Tonya Kappes. Glad you love this fab book too.

Jayne Ormerod... said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tonya!

And Pj, I concur, Tonya's books are great! Like I said, best 99 cents I ever spent!

Tonya Kappes said...

Awww...PJ, you are so sweet!! Thank you so much!!