The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes is quite simply a fun and light read. This would be a great beach read or just when you want something light and fluffy that will make you laugh out loud quite often. It’s chick lit with the added twist of the supernatural lurking about.
At eleven years old Lucy makes a deal with ‘Whom It May Concern’ when her sister is badly hurt in an accident and in a coma. She receives a reply that it’s a deal and Whom It May Concern would be in touch. Miraculously Lucy’s sister Ellen recovers and life goes on. Lucy really doesn’t think anything of this promise she made but she starts receiving some strange phone calls asking her what her birthday wishes are. She thinks it’s a joke but funny enough these wishes start to come true like she blossoms into a beautiful woman, doesn’t seem to age and seems to have some unique powers to go along with it all.
Years later Lucy finds out exactly what she made a deal to do and that is to be a Facilitator to Hell – that is to escort bad people where they belong. Now with all the perks that go along with this job – the great looks, the power, the money – Lucy is unhappy. She can have no contact with her family because it’s too dangerous and she’s come to find out she can’t have a boyfriend either. Boyfriends don’t fit into the life of a Facilitator as they would take up too much time and attention.
Lucy misses her family, especially her sister Ellen, and wants a normal life with all the normal things like a boyfriend and kids. But how? That is the big question and the answer comes in an unexpected way. Lucy and a friend go to see her singing idol Teddy Nightingale and while listening to him sing he keeps looking at Lucy oddly. Later she’s asked to go to his dressing room and surprise he knows of a way to help Lucy. Apparently there is a loophole in the contract that would enable Lucy to get out of the ‘business’ but what she has to do is not the most pleasant and certainly not too easy either. Will she be able to do what she needs to in order to move on with the life she wants? Will she have to hurt the people closest to her in order to do it? Is the price of escaping this life too high? Hmmmmmm, these are the questions to be pondered…
The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns is a fun, quick read. While it’s mostly just a funny, off beat kind of read it still does in a way make you think that you need to be careful what you wish for. Even if you can have all the material things in life that you want, it doesn’t mean you necessarily have all the important ones like the love of family and friends. The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns can be easily devoured in an afternoon and once you get to know Lucy you’ll love her and be rooting for her!