Monday, June 09, 2008

CFBA: I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson

SONG STUCK ON THE BRAIN: Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

I Heart Bloomberg


Melody Carlson
David C. Cook (April 1, 2008)


Kendall's managed to wrangle her grandmother's house-free and clear-except for the rules. No male roommates. But that's ok, with the right ad she'll pull in some girls, their rent and if she's lucky, she won't have to go to work any time soon.

For their part, Anna, Lelani, and Megan all have their reasons for wanting to move in: Anna has got to get out from under her overprotective parents; Lelani can't take another day in her aunt's tiny crackerbox house overflowing with toddlers and Megan needs a place free of her current roommate from Hades.

Though they come with assorted extra baggage filled with broken hearts and dreams, they will discover they also have a vast array of hidden strengths. And they struggle to become the women they want to be, they'll find new hope and maybe even Kendall will learn a thing or two about life, love and the true meaning of friendship.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE


I Heart Bloomberg was a pleasant surprise. I didn't know quite what to expect from the book, and as much as I love Chick-lit, it's often all fun and fluff and not much substance. Which is perfectly fine if you're looking for a lighthearted read, but somehow you expect more from the CBA market. Is that fair? Probably not, but it seems to be the case regardless. However, I found that Carlson's book had a lot of heart as well as shopping. Four very different room mates with very different backgrounds working to find common ground may not seem new, but Carlson makes it FEEL new. The book was over before I wanted it to be, and was a perfect set up for the following books in the series. Books that I definitely plan to read.


Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including three of her latest, These Boots Weren't Made For Walking, A Mile In My Flip-Flops, and Mixed Bags. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." It’s the “whosoever” part that gets me. That’s who I write for – “whosoever” and to me that means everyone and anyone.

Carlson, author of more than 100 books, begins her 86 Bloomberg Place series with I Heart Bloomberg that functions mostly to set up future storylines. Three women rent rooms at 86Bloomberg Place.

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