Author: Rachel Bailey
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 23, 2014
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About Cover Story:
Tobi Fletcher's career is going places. Just ask her. Any day now, she's going to write the story for her Sante Fe newspaper that will Make A Difference. Of course, Pulitzer prizes and the like will soon follow.
Unfortunately, her editor doesn't have the same vision. His vision has her investigating a series of gnomicides. Yes, gnomicides—the wanton murder of garden gnomes.
It's a nightmare for Tobi. She's spent her life working towards a career she can be proud of—and proving she's nothing like her mother. She's intelligent, independent and so uptight she can't even let go to sneeze properly—and, unlike her colleagues, she certainly can't appreciate the funny side of the situation. She wants to work on the big story—a cover-up in a Senator's office.
Reluctantly, she interviews Simon, the man who reported the 'incident' to the newspaper—clearly a lunatic—his four-year old daughter, and the other residents of the street. Each has their own theory about the murderer, ranging from the slightly possible to the ludicrous and Tobi, unfortunately affected by her pollen allergy and having to repress sneezes regularly, writes the story.
Her editor loves it and demands more; interstate papers pick it up and reader feedback is overwhelming. Apparently, she's not going anywhere just yet—and, dammit, that means facing her pesky attraction to Simon. Along the way, Tobi discovers there are many truths and secrets to be uncovered—other people's as well as her own. The question is, will the truth really set her free?
This book was a little too sugary sweet for me, but I can think of a few friends that would like it.
I mean, I have a slight gnome obsession (I will disown my family if I don’t come home from Christmas with the gnome Chia pet I asked for), but even I was like, “enough.” It was quirky and cute at first, and I absolutely loved it. But then I was expecting it to lead in to a bigger plot line in terms of Tobi’s career.
But then gnomes became one of the most important parts of the book. By the end, they felt tired and overused for me.
Also, Tobi and Simon’s relationship seems to come out of nowhere. It goes from Tobi completely friend zoning Simon and having no idea he had feelings for her, to them planning the rest of their lives together.
Overall, it just felt tame and like it was trying too hard to be “whacky.”
About Rachel Bailey:
Rachel Bailey is a lover of books, chocolate, dogs, and ice cream. Luckily, she has three dogs, an ice cream maker, a steady supply of chocolate, and bookshelves overflowing with books, so she’s covered on all fronts.
Despite spending her life trying to scam more time to read, she’s managed to graduate with degrees in psychology and social work, and now has her dream job – making up stories for a living.
Her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages.
She lives on a piece of paradise (ten acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach) on Australia’s east coast with her own personal hero. She loves to sit with a dog or two, overlooking the trees and read books from her ever-growing to-be-read pile.