Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall {Review}

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published 2014            

When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather's house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias.

Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson. But when strange things begin to happen, Lila realizes some of her new friends are guarding a secret like it's a precious family heirloom. It's a dangerous secret, and it has come back to haunt them. Lila is caught in the middle, and her life may depend on uncovering it. But even if she can, can she stay in Auburn when not everyone is what they seem, and even the house wants her gone?


My Review: 3.5 Stars

There's something so comforting to me about a novel full of mystery, small town characters, and delicious food. Lila inherits her grandpa's house and goes to live with her aunt in small town Nebraska, while deciding what to do with this house. It seems that someone wants her gone and between those threats and the mystery of the pond in her backyard, Lila thinks she's going crazy.

As Lila works through the mystery, these interesting characters, and this dangerous mystery, her true character, determination, and bravery are revealed. I think a lot of young people who are city dwellers would be bored with this slower-paced life, but Lila is an exception. Max, her neighbor's grandson, and his daughter, Juniper, have a lot of intrigue and mystery surrounding them, as well. I love the quirky characters and the peril is a fun twist, to what I thought was going to be just a smooth-sailing mystery.

I thought everything would be resolved by the conclusion, but some things are left open for a continuation in another book. I am curious to how everything ties together.

Content: mild violence; very mild romance.

*I won a copy through a giveaway, which in no way influenced by opinion.


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Jessica L. Randall
Jessica is a writer/photographer/mother of 5 who is also passionate about music, interior design, and really old stuff. She's a country mouse who loves a bubble bath with a good book or curling up on the couch to watch a movie with a plate of her husband's famous Monster Cookies. Oh, the cookies can be found here:

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