Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas — 320 pgs

When Sophie Shepard gets a call from a strange man asking her to visit him on his deathbed, she is at first confused and then reluctant. Discovering him already gone to the great beyond when she arrives only leaves her with more confusion. But the ultimate shocker comes when this stranger bequests his family’s home to her, leaving Sophie as the object of much gossip and speculation in the community. At first, Sophie thinks she’s finally found some clues to her adoption which happened almost 30 years ago, but that avenue quickly disappears and she’s left with more questions than answers. The newcomer in town does raise many eyebrows, and none more important than Dr. Drew McCarren, a handsome young scion of the town’s most prominent family. Before Drew and Sophie can explore any romantic feelings they may or may not have for each other, danger comes and leaves its calling card. First a man is murdered in front of the bed and breakfast where Sophie is staying, and it only gets stranger from there. What is the secret that Sophie’s benefactor wanted to relate to her, and why is it getting people maimed and killed? In this women’s fiction novel with a great dose of mystery, Sophie discovers the truth that she so desperately needs to know, despite the fact that reopening old wounds will take down many of the town’s biggest players and ruin the lives of those who have kept silent for so long.

This was a book that was easy to slip into and just as easy to like. Sophie, a kindergarten teacher with chutzpah, was a formidable character, and the whole book, while being serious, had a great comedic flair that I really enjoyed. The mystery was very complex and layered, and there was no way to figure it out easily. When the ball finally dropped on what was going on in this sleepy little town, I was stunned and stymied. It was a very satisfying and rich read that kept me wondering and speculating the whole way through.

One of the things that impressed me most about this book was the fact that the characters were very three dimensional and most of them were likeable. Even the evil characters didn’t get short shrift in this department, and there was more than one side to them than originally seen. It also seems like McComas has a really well developed sense of comic timing, and at times I must have looked silly grinning at the pages of this enthralling and at times pulse racing mystery.There were enough thrills and dead ends to keep the reader guessing and then second guessing as things played out in a very different direction. The town’s characters helped this book along in that they were so colorful that you cared about what happened to them, and they were so likeable that you wanted a good outcome for all of them.

The love story was also a really well written component of this story, with things being innocent enough for a YA audience to appreciate but still nuanced and deep enough to satisfy an adult audience. The relationship between Drew and Sophie was tender and protective, but also very romantically comedic in a win you over way, instead of a “Three’s Company” way. Sophie was a beautiful and genuinely nice girl, but she didn’t flaunt her beauty or throw temper tantrums, and Drew’s playful and gentle side really came out when he was with her. Both of them fit together like hand in glove to form a team that was virtually unstoppable.

I thought this was a really engaging read from top to bottom, and with its ability to make me laugh and its stellar plot, it’s a book that I would recommend and would appeal to a wide audience. I had fun with it and it was a great escapist read, which is something that all of us need now and then. Recommended!

Author Photo About the Author

Mary Kay McComas started her writing career twenty-five years ago. To date she’s written twenty-one short contemporary romances and five novellas; Something About Sophie is her third novel. She was born in Spokane, Washington, and now lives in a small town in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, three dogs, a cat, and her four children nearby.

Find out more about Mary Kay at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

TLC Book Tours A warm thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing this book for me to read and review. Please continue to follow the tour by visiting these other blogs:

Tuesday, March 26th:Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, March 27th:Book of Secrets
Thursday, March 28th:Under My Apple Tree
Monday, April 1st:Mom in Love With Fiction
Tuesday, April 2nd:5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, April 3rd:A Book Geek
Thursday, April 4th:she treads softly
Monday, April 8th:Raging Bibliomania
Tuesday, April 9th:Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, April 10th:Speaking of Books
Thursday, April 11th:I’m Booking It

This book was provided as a complimentary review copy.


bermudaonion said...

This does sound good. I love that the characters are so well written and the author kept you guessing.

Beth F said...

I'm intrigued by the comedic aspect of this.

Wall-to-wall books said...

Hmm this sounds good.
"the whole book, while being serious, had a great comedic flair" - I like that. Thats what I like in a book.

Book Dilettante said...

A satisfying and rich mystery - sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Nice review, Z.

Audra said...

This sounds like a perfect summer/beach read -- adding it to my TBR!

Suko said...

Lovely review! I like that the characters are three dimensional. This book sounds excellent, overall.

jennysbooks said...

Aw, this sounds like such a dear book! I'm going to get it for my Nook ASAP. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Yay, I am so happy that you enjoyed it as I just got a copy of it. It sounds like one that I would like as well. Great review.

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like such an intriguing book! I am glad you enjoyed it so much, Heather.

heathertlc said...

I agree - everyone needs an escapist read now and then! Glad you enjoyed this one.

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Brooke said...

Such a great review, Heather! I like the sound of this mystery and that there are comedic aspects sprinkled within. Of course, the love story sounds well-written too!

Darlene said...

This definitely sounds like one of those kinds of books I would really like. I don't heard of it before but I'll be checking it out now. Loved your thoughts on this one Heather!

Aarti said...

I love when authors are able to bring some humor to tense situations. I think that was one of my favorite things about City of Thieves.

Buried In Print said...

Isn't it funny how much it stands out to hear someone say that most of the characters in a book are likeable...or maybe I just read too many novels with UNlikeable characters! Glad you enjoyed this one so much; I do enjoy a good love story myself!

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