The Queen of Bad Decisions (The Bartonville Series) is a novella and it is the newest offering from author Janel Gradowski and quite an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two while curled up in your favorite chair with a yummy beverage. It’s a great short story about a woman who finally realizes that she has come to the point where her bad decisions outweigh her good ones and it’s time to make a change. Paired with foodie references and a few recipes it makes for good reading indeed!
Daisy is one of those women I think many of us can relate to. She has finally walked out on her useless no good for nothing boyfriend and is at a crossroads in her life. She knows changes need to be made but struggles with how to go about making them. One thing she knows for sure is she can’t live with her parents for long or she’ll have a home but it’ll be in the looney bin.
I really liked Daisy and she is one of those characters that I could see myself being friends with. She loves to cook, but not bake and loves to knit. Even better she gets to work in a book store. I felt a kinship of sorts with her and I think others will too. Do you think Daisy will be able to get her life on track? Well I guess you’ll have to read it and find out because I’m not giving that part away…
Must Love Sandwiches (The Bartonville Series) by Janel Gradowski comes after The Queen of Bad Decisions even though it was published before it. I really enjoyed getting to visit again with Daisy and meet her best friend Emma. The two live in an artist’s colony and while Daisy is still looking for love Emma has sworn off men. Having discovered she’s more like her mother than she wants to be in terms of not being able to be alone without a man in her life she vows that she’s going to do it this time. On their trips to the lunch trucks Daisy falls for Marshall and Emma meets Brad. She’s determined to hold him at arms length no matter how right for her he seems. Will these two women finally be able to find the love they so crave…
Again I enjoyed Daisy’s character. I really like her and her no nonsense attitude. I also liked Emma. She seems to be vulnerable and uncertain at times because of her past and that endears her to the reader. Most of all I like that these women and their situations seem so real. They seem like the kind of women I could have as friends. Again there are the craft and foodie references along with a few recipes that I always love to see in a book making Must Love Sandwiches a great read.
Both The Queen of Bad Decisions and Must Love Sandwiches are enjoyable reads. What I like is that they are shorter than an average novel so I can fit them in when I feel like something light. Janel also includes some bonus stories at the end of each of these books that she describes as “truffle” length that are little bites that can be read even while you’re on a coffee break. They include people that are mentioned in the longer books which is interesting as it develops these side characters as well.
I also feel I should mention that while I’m a good friend of Janel’s having met her through the blogging world about five years ago this in no way influenced my opinion of her books. If I truly hadn’t enjoyed them I wouldn’t be reviewing them. I’m really proud of her and I can’t wait to read more of The Bartonville series as well as anything else she ventures to write!
Source: Review copy of The Queen of Bad Decisions received from the author. I purchased Must Love Sandwiches. No compensation was received for these reviews and all opinions are my own.