Today, I am reviewing Secret Sisters by author Tristi Pinkston. First, the book jacket blurb:
Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods, well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do?
With the help of her counselors Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It's all in a day's work for the Relief Society.
I first met Tristi Pinkston about five years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed her historical fiction novels. Recently, she has stepped into contemporary fiction - first with Agent in Old Lace, and now with the first book of her Secret Sisters series.
I've found it intriguing to see Tristi's writing go from her serious, engrossing historical to such a light, humorous style. If you've ever met Tristi, you know that each style shares parts of her personality as well. I really can't compare the two styles or choose one I like over the other - because they both illicit different responses from me. But, as a reader, author, and stressed-out-mom, I most definitely enjoyed Ida Mae and her personality. Secret Sisters is just the right combination of a shorter, light-hearted read that doesn't make me feel guilty when I take a break from all the mayhem that rules my house from the time school gets out until the munchkins are safely tucked in bed. I found myself laughing out loud at the exchanges between Ida Mae, Tansy, and Arlette. There are other characters who play smaller, but important parts in the book, such as Ida Mae's nephew - the gadget geek. I totally love how he reminds me of my hubby! "Let's try this! Ooh - what if . . ." Yep - a day in the life of Danyelle Ferguson. I also enjoyed the Relief Society Secretary, who is a busy mom (like moi) and who totally jumps on the chance for something more exciting than changing the next dirty diaper. Again - a day in the life of, who? Oh yeah - me. =)
So, if you're looking for something fun and interesting to lighten your day, I highly recommend Secret Sisters. I'm most definitely looking forward to the next book to see what escapades Ida Mae and the girls get themselves into!
You can find out more about Tristi on her website or her blog.