Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt
Published by Vinspire Publishing on November 15, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Humorous, Romance
Source: Just Read
Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying consultant position with an impossible boss. When another coworker is fired, Jadyn inherits an extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.
Evicted from her apartment because of a small spending problem, she is forced to move in with her know-it-all sister. While everyone else plans a neat, buttoned-up life for her, Jadyn longs to paint professionally. Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?
3 Stars: Barbara Brutt’s debut novel is a combination of genres. We have Christian Fiction, Chick-Lit mixed with a bit of romantic comedy and family drama. Jadyn is a compassionate, creative, and hard-working young Christian woman. She’s also a hot mess. Not being able to say no to anyone, it leaves her little time to do the thing she loves the most, work on her art. She is overworked, underpaid and a huge people pleaser. She wants to make her mother and her sister proud of her, yet she really does not like the direction her job is taking her and now, being evicted leaves her another batch of problems to deal with. Throw in two guys, one she grew up with and one she works with, who both seem to have their eyes on her and she has more on her plate than any normal human being can deal with. What will she decide to do with her life? Will she listen to the messages that God is trying to send her about her future path?
I loved the character’s voice in this novel. I could almost hear her talking to me, although, if she had been conversing with me, I would have had a lot of words of advise. Her sister and mother were great supporting characters in that they loved and supported her, but didn’t push her to think about her decisions. The two male characters were difficult to like. They were both like Jekyll and Hyde in various parts of the story. I like the way Ethan treated her respectfully, but there was something a bit false about his character and don’t get me started about Travis. Having said all that, I will say it was a satisfying story, but there was not much to the story. I did like the ending and the fact that Jadyn finally listened to her heart to decide what to do with her life, but as I finished the book, I just thought okay, that was nice. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. The rating, ideas and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author: Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.
Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.