Wednesday, July 08, 2009

A Perfect 10: RED'S HOT HONKY-TONK BAR by Pamela Morsi

A Perfect 10
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2729-5
July 2009
Women’s Fiction

San Antonio, Texas – Present Day

Forty six year old Red Cullens owns Red’s Hot Honky-Tonk Bar, a fun place for patrons to hang out, drink beer, and listen to music. Red enjoys her life, especially now that she is having a fling with Cam, who plays the fiddle. So what if he is fifteen years younger? It is a shock to get a phone call from her daughter, Bridge, serving in the military. Bridge’s ex-mother-in-law had a stroke, and Bridge needs Red to take care of her two children until she can make other arrangements. Red panics. What does she know about caring for children? But there is no one else, so Red picks up nine-year-old Olivia and six-year-old Daniel and squeezes them into her tiny apartment located over the bar. Red hardly recognizes the children -– she is not close to her daughter or grandkids. Although she tries to push Cam aside (now that he knows she is old enough to be a grandmother), he cares about her and sticks around.

Olivia and Daniel like Cam but treat Red like a pariah. Red is uncomfortable and doesn’t know how to interact with children. Cam invites her to use his house while she has the children because it is in a good neighborhood with a school nearby. As secrets are revealed, Red and Cam draw closer, and Red begins to realize her blessings.

In Pamela Morsi’s usual manner, she writes a fabulous novel to tear at your heartstrings or to make you laugh. It takes a while to peel the layers from Red to find the woman beneath the beautiful red hair and the unkind words she uses to protect herself, to find a good person. Cam is a wonderful guy who is always there for her, is wonderful with children, and an all-around great fellow (almost too good!). The children are captivating secondary characters. Olivia is so protective of her little brother; Daniel curls into himself and speaks Spanish when he is in an uncomfortable situation.

I really hated to turn the last page of this heartfelt novel. What a wonderful story, beautifully written, with characters whom you will feel you know intimately by the end of the book. And if you shed a few tears, it will only be because your heart has been touched by this poignant tale. What else could I do but give it a Perfect 10 -– it is the best book I have read so far this year.

Marilyn Heyman

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nice review. I really want to read that one now !!