Welcome! Can you believe it is the first day of February. The Runaway Wife by Rosie Clarke is out today. A historical novel which starts in December of 1929. The story of Annabel Tarleton and what happens after she meets Richard Hansen. I will be sharing my review of The Runaway Wife on February 12.
The Hat by C.S. Boyack is a new paranormal novella. Elizabeth “Lizzie” St. Laurent has had a rough time since her grandmother became ill and passed away. She was living with her grandmother while attending college. When her grandmother went into assisted living, the house was sold to cover the costs. Lizzie moved into an apartment with a roommate who soon bailed. She is working two jobs to pay her living expenses. Her uncle, Steve is cleaning out her grandmother’s antique store, and Lizzie goes by to get a memento. Her uncle declines her request. On the way to her car, Lizzie feels compelled to grab a box from the back of the moving truck. When Lizzie opens the box, she discovers a brown fedora that looks like it has eyes with eyebrows. She puts it on her head and the hat starts talking to her. Lizzie is not sure what to make of the hat. Then Lizzie receives a call from Dave, the owner of Sandi’s diner where she works. Dave and Sandi’s newborn has been stolen from the hospital and the police do not have any leads. The hat states he can help her find the baby. Lizzie drops everything to take off with the hat to find the baby. Along the way, the hat reveals how he came to be created and his history with her family. Lizzie is in for a wild ride with the hat as they set out to recover Dave and Sandi’s child. Life will never be the same for Lizzie!
The Hat is an entertaining and creative story. I thought the hat was a great character. He can change his form as needed (different types of hats, scrunchies, etc.) and has witty dialogue. He has been put away for the last twenty years and needs to catch up on current events, slang, fashions, technology and so much more. The hat has some interesting characteristics and talents. He can play a three-quarter sized upright bass through Lizzie (you will have to read the book to find out how) as well as use a phone. I liked Lizzie who is a strong female, but I wish the author had fleshed out her character a little more. The story is well-written and fast paced with plenty of action. The duos antics will have you laughing throughout the story. I do wish, though, that the author had eliminated the foul language from the story. It was unnecessary and off-putting (for me). The Hat has a great ending. The author took Lizzie’s character in a new direction. I hope C.S. Boyack will write another story involving Lizzie and the hat (he really needs a name). The Hat is available on Kindle Unlimited. You can see what other novels C.S. Boyack has written here.
I appreciate you stopping by today. I am currently reading Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine. Tomorrow I will be participating in a blog tour of Court of Lions by Jane Johnson. May you have a splendid day. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader