Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: The Goddaughter, The Goddaughter's Revenge, The Artful Goddaugther by Melodie Campbell

Synopsis: In the first book, The Goddaughter, we are introduced to Gina Gallo, the goddaughter of the local crime boss. Despite her determination to stay out of the family business, she gets pulled by in when a cousin gets whacked on her watch. As she tries to right the situation, everything
goes from bad to worse. Good thing she has handsome Pete along for the ride. In the Goddaughter's Revenge, Gina discovered some - and by someone she means a sleezy cousin from New York - switch the gems in her client's rings for fakes. Now she has to change them back, without getting caught or starting a mob war. Oh, and there is the teensy fact that Pete is trying to propose! In the Artful Goddaughter, Gina's great-uncle Seb leaves her a fortune - with a catch. She's got to replace a fake painitng with the real one! With a hilarious cast of characters, and Pete, Gina sets out to pull the greatest backwards heist anyone has ever seen! Each book is short, more of a novella, and all three can be read in one sitting, as one large novel.

Review: I received the third book, the Artful Goddaughter, free as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. When I heard that, I bought the previous two so I could read the whole story. While each does a nice job of being a stand along story, having read the previous two made the third that much better. All were funny, faced-paced, easy stories that would make a great beach read. Campbell is has an excellent eye for the quirks of families and she created some memorable ones. Stories like these three could easily disolve into a mess of sterotypes, but Campbell avoids that with a deft hand. I enjoyed these works immensely. I look forward to reading the next ones!

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-1-4598-0125-7 / 978-1-4598-0487-6 / 978-1-4598-0820-1
Date Finished: 8-30-2014
Pages: 134 / 124 / 127

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