The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes [Review]

The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth LeiknesAbout 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.

My Thoughts

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

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.

22 thoughts on “The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes [Review]

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  • January 8 at 11:40 pm

    I like chick-lit and sometimes I just want to read something light and fun, something that really requires no deep thoughts ( I do enough of that in my daily job) and is just plain enjoyable. This sounds perfect for those Friday nights when all I want to do is curl up on the couch and read because I am not capable of doing anything else.

    I subscribe by email.

  • June 24 at 10:31 pm

    Just a reminder the giveaway contest is now closed. Feel free to keep discussing the book though!

    And keep your eyes out for the announcement of the winner later this week.

  • June 23 at 4:51 pm

    +2 I signed up for your newsletter

  • June 23 at 4:50 pm

    please include me in the giveaway
    thank you

  • June 21 at 6:57 pm

    I’d love to win of a copy of this. It sounds like a great book.
    I subscribe via email.


  • June 20 at 12:50 am

    I already have a copy, so need to enter me in the giveaway. I agree almost completely with your review and your issues with Lucy’s choices. I liked the scenes in the writing class, especially the other students, since I’ve been in classes like that 🙂
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  • June 19 at 7:53 am

    You know you’re on my RSS feed, don’t you? I’d never keep up otherwise!

    P.S. Second comment was because I forgot, not because I wanted to be entered twice :p

  • June 19 at 7:51 am

    LOL You know why I’m commenting. Struck me as useful reading. It’s always good to know what’s out there in the genre.

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  • June 18 at 5:58 am

    You did a great job of acknowledging the publisher here! I also received this novel, and I’m in the process of writing a review. Well done! I don’t know if mine will be so clear and well-spoken…I can hope. 🙂
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    • June 20 at 11:02 am

      By the way, I’m just commenting, not putting myself in the running for the book since I already have it. Just wanted to clarify! 🙂
      .-= Becky´s last blog ..Bloggiesta =-.

  • June 18 at 5:09 am

    I’d love to try this. I’m in the mood for something “light and frothy,” since I’m currently reading a couple of heavy duty classics. I’m also a subscriber which is how I found out about this giveaway in the first place!
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  • June 18 at 1:08 am

    With this premise and a bit more depth I could see how it could have successfully crossed over into serious novel territory. But sometimes light and fun is good, especially with such an original idea. I’d love to be entered for the giveaway! I subscribe to your blog-feed through google reader. Thanks 🙂
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  • June 16 at 10:20 pm

    I’d love to try it.

    I follow.


  • June 16 at 10:00 pm

    Email subscriber

  • June 16 at 9:58 pm

    I love chick-lit so I’m sure I’d like this:)

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