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Monday, May 21, 2012

Christmas Chaos by Marion Kelley Bullock

Christmas Chaos by Marion Kelley Bullock
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Holiday, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (155 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

A spunky spinster helps rescue a boy, his pigs, and his family from corrupt officials and thieves.

Grace Gary, a young widow, struggles to rear her three children and keep her job. Due to her dirty-dealing boss, she's given 90 days to pay off her mortgage or lose her house. If her son's (Paul's) pigs win the local and then the state fair, they'll make enough money to save their home. But the pigs keep escaping, eating the neighbor's chickens and galloping to Mimi Witherspoon's farm at the edge of town. Police tell Grace to get rid of them. Mimi, known for her Good Works, comes to the rescue, offering to let Paul keep the pigs at her farm. Her nephew, Tim, helps Paul move the pigs and falls in love with Grace. Then the pigs are pignapped. Tim and Paul find the pigs and catch the thieves.

If there is one message you should take away from reading this book it would be this:  Never raise pigs…

Ms. Bullock writes a delightfully heartwarming story of a woman who has lost her husband to cancer and is trying to survive with a mortgage and three children. Grace has no interest in men; she’s too busy trying to keep her head above water.

The author pulls no punches in her story. Grace is the victim of sexual harassment, the bank tries to foreclose on her home for non-payment (despite having extended the mortgage and giving her time to catch up), and her financial situation looks bleak. Grace is good woman with a young man at home who wants to protect her and help with their financial situation. When Paul has a chance to win the pig championship at show, it could result in a financial windfall for them. But someone doesn’t want them to succeed.

This is really a funny story filled with odd characters. It’s so off the wall, it makes it believable. You want to think things like this can’t happen, but there are good and bad people in the world in general and quite a few are in someone else’s pocket. This author’s tale flows well, makes you care about all the “good” characters, even the weird old lady that donates money to good causes and her adopted grandson, Tim. You even start to worry about the pigs as the story goes on.

Christianity is a theme in this story, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story. Ms. Bullock has written a fast moving story with lots of action and antics that will make you laugh out loud. The pigs themselves are a big part of this story and you will want to read about Percy and Priscilla’s shenanigans. Why not get yourself a copy and settle into a comfortable chair and see how long it takes until you find yourself snickering?

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