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Book Review: Saving Grapes

Saving Grapes by J.T. Lundy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the author of Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy (which I loved - read the review here) comes an altogether different genre of novel - the romantic comedy Saving Grapes. Because I loved the dystopian sarcasm of Happy Utopia Day, I was a little skeptical of the translation to a romantic comedy. Fortunately, I kept an open mind and was not disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was a much fluffier story than the other, but it was still a good, fast read, and managed to connect the Midwest and French wine country, which made me happy.

Saving Grapes starts with Jason’s legal problems complicated by the death of his champion, Aunt Clara. However, she left him a solution - hard work on the family’s vineyard, which he will inherit with proper adherence to the terms in her will. Of course he had to surrender his passport to the court and promise to pay damages, but selling the vineyard will solve all his problems with none of the hard work, …

Book Review: Chrissie's Run

Chrissie's Run by S.A. Mahan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The New Republic is the epitome of civilization, and as such does not tolerate deformity. When knocked-up teen Chrissie is told her unborn son will be born without his right hand or foot, she is scheduled for an abortion and sterilization, like it or not. If she wants to save her child, she must escape the only world she has ever known. Daniel is worth all the trials and tribulations she will endure, but will she survive being hunted by those who try to keep the rest of her society clueless to the real world? Or has she doomed both her son’s life and her own?

Chrissie’s Run is a fast paced, post-modern thriller that takes certain modern cultural norms to their logical conclusion. It is very well written and keeps the reader engaged and wondering what exactly is the world that Chrissie has left and what world she gains by her run, and above all showcases a mother’s love for her child. I loved the glaringly obvious pro-life messag…