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Reviewed by Claudia R.
Nan, Margo, Holly, Patti & Cathy find their paths merging in a most unusual place, the ladies room of Tampa’s International Airport. Drawn, inexplicably, fate or destiny at hand, the women are joined together by forces of nature that leave them stranded and flightless, forced to seek alternate agendas until a surprise Spring storm blows over.
When Nan offers to share her beach side hotel suite with them, the women pool their resources, toss aside convention and caution goes to the wind, and load their belongings in to the last rental car in Tampa.
Hearts on a String brings together an insecure hairdresser, a control freak mom with three teenagers, an aging club singer, a secret Agent and a shameless sexpot. Forced under one roof for four days, the women find themselves looking in to their hearts, analyzing their lives, and seeking answers to life’s most elusive questions, tethered, through good and bad, by the invisible string that binds all females together.
With the aide of copious amounts of alcohol and quality room service food, the women battle out their differences, try hard to play nice, and work at breaking down the barriers that come with the different lifestyles and ghosts of the past each woman brings to the table. Toss in a Psychic Convention that happens, to also, be stranded at the Hotel, and Hearts on a String becomes a pretty volatile situation. Hormones and Tarot Card readings, oh my.
Allow me to say that Kris Radish is one of my favorite authors. She has an uncanny ability to take feelings, especially of the female persuasion, and tender them on to paper in a way that no one else can. As usual, she succeeds, in Hearts on a String, to vocalize thoughts and ideas many of us have had when in the presence of our female ‘sisters’.
[amazonify]0553384759[/amazonify]Unfortunately, in this book, I found myself being turned off by the incessant whining banter between the five women. There was too much ‘talk’ to allow the reader to just succumb to Kris’s grace and skill. I grew annoyed with the women, and almost felt as if Kris had written the book in a state of utter frenzy and exhaustion. Gone were her lush and vivid descriptives of scenery and situation. In fact, the prologue and the ending both contained Kris’ true essence, the stuff in between seemed contrived and forced.
As I said, I love Kris Radish and own every book she’s ever written which is why I had to review this one. Unfortunately, the delivery fell short of the anticipation. Everyone has an off day, I’m hoping Hearts on a String was Kris’ and that her next book will provide the soul food she usually dolls out generously.
Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between being a full-time Mom, aspiring writer, avid photographer & volunteer for Missie’s Closet, an emergency food & necessities pantry for the low-income in her area.
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