About the Book
Lucy Burns wants a normal life: friends, love, and a family of her own. And she could have it all if only she could break free from the job she hates.
That job? Facilitator to hell.
And her boss is a real devil.
At the age of eleven, to save her sister’s life, Lucy writes a desperate letter to “To Whom It May Concern,” but when He writes back, Lucy is bound for life. There are perks, sure—she’s ageless, she’s beautiful, and she can eat as much chocolate as she wants and never get fat—but there are also consequences.
She can never see her family again.
She can never have a boyfriend.
She must spend her life leading sinners to their demise.
After nineteen years of doing the Devil’s dirty work, Lucy wants out, but it all seems hopeless until Teddy Nightingale, her easy listening music idol, gives her the answer: a little-known loophole.
If she succeeds, Lucy gets love, happiness, and everything she ever really wanted. But the consequences? They’re considerably worse than death. To make it through, Lucy must decide what is evil and what is good, what is right and what is wrong, and if, in the end, there’s ever any way to truly know.
First off, I’d like to thank Harrison Demchick from at Bancroft Press for sending me this copy for review, from the first contact through a friendly email conversation, I have been thoroughly impressed, they could show a lot of the larger press’ a thing or two, about the right way to go about these things – but that is a story for another post I think!
Anyway, my thoughts on this book? Well for one it has definite leanings towards chick-lit, which is definitely not a genre I normally gravitate towards… 🙂 But it looked a lot of fun, and Harrison convinced me it was (see their approach works!) so I decided that while it wasn’t my normal cup-of-tea, I’d give it a go.
And I’m mostly glad I did. It’s light, frothy and fun, and I did enjoy it. I just would have like a little more substance from it though, the job Lucy has to do, and what she has to do to escape it, should cause her a few more qualms than actually it does. Don’t get me wrong, she does have qualms, and what she has to do isn’t glossed over, I wanted to see her wrestle with her conciousness a little more, but that’s just me, and it would have been a different kind of book if she had.
So, I do however, recognise that isn’t really what the book is setting out to do. It’s meant to be light, frothy, fun and escapist, and it succeeds in that very well, with some laugh-out-loud funny scenes (the party she hosts for the neighbourhood women comes to mind!), and in Lucy, a very likeable character, who you can’t help but want things to turn out well for, and really, sometimes that’s all you need from a book to enjoy it.
Other Reviews to Consider
- Cindy’s Love of Books
- Wendy’s Minding Spot
- Cheryl’s Book Nook
- Alpha Heroes
- The Good the Bad and the Unread
The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, is released today 16th June by Bancroft Books, and is available from all good bookshops, including The Book Depository (with FREE! Worldwide Delivery) but keep reading to find out how you can win a copy.
That’s right I am going to give my copy of this fun book, to one lucky reader of my blog, there are lots of ways to enter and it is open worldwide.