Authors Showcase: Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank


The book: Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons

The Author: Denise Swank.

The Story: When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she’s lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she’s picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men’s restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there’s not a cotton picking thing she can do about it.

Or is there?

As if things weren’t bad enough, Rose’s older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis. Violet insists that Rose stop seeing her sexy new boyfriend, Arkansas state detective Joe Simmons and date other men. Rose is done letting people boss her around, but she can’t commit to Joe either. Still, Rose isn’t about to let the best thing in her life slip away.

About Denise Swank:

Denise Swank
Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots.

She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)

Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

Review by North:

Rose Gardner, at 24, is starting to live her life free of her mother’s oppressive and manipulative presence. She still has to deal with nosy neighbors, her job at the DMV, her sister Violet, whose life suddenly seems to be out of control, and her brand new relationship with boyfriend Joe, the state cop.

When called for jury duty, she shows up to the court house, late, frazzled, missing a heel and in dire need of a bathroom. As the ladies’ is been cleaned, she uses the men’s bathroom and hears a phone conversation that convince her that the accused man is innocent of the murder he’s being tried for.

I love this series. It’s a fine mix of mystery and romance, with characters so real they jump out of the pages. It’s full of great lines, written with a quirky sense of humor that’s just perfect. Rose is strong without being rude or overbearing. Joe is a passionate character, somehow in awe of his feelings and not quite comfortable with the way trouble follows Rose.

I really appreciated that, although sex is clearly part of the heros’ relationship, the author did not find it necessary to describe the how-to or who does what to whom. I also liked that the relationship is given time to evolve and that not everything is magically solved in the last ten pages.

I’ll keep reading !

Review by Kylie L.:

I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in the Rose Gardner Mysteries series.

Rose is such a lovable quirky character with her gift of the “sight” and her ability to land herself in the middle of trouble. Although she is still naive about a lot of things, it is great seeing her character grow throughout the books.

Joe is just amazing. I still can’t comprehend the patients he has regarding Rose. He really does love her. And Joe is still a mystery to me. I feel that there is a lot more to learn about him.

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons kept me glued to it’s pages. I was engrossed in the story from the start. As with the first book in the series, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, it not only contained a mystery that Rose felt obligated to solve, but it was at times a humorous and just a great read in general.

I can’t wait to continue this series!

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