Give 'Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Review + Giveaway

Give 'Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene - Review + Giveaway

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Give 'Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Review + GiveawayGive 'Em Pumpkin To Talk About on August 4, 2015
Pages: 208
Format: eARC
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Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.

Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it.

Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.

Includes farm-fresh recipes!


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Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene is the first book in their new cozy Pumpkin Patch Mysteries series. I typically love every book I read that Joyce and Jim write, so I was excited to have the chance to read this one. There were some things that I liked. I liked the premise for the story and it had the chance to be really well done. I did like some of the characters. Sarah and Jack had good qualities and I think they can be further developed into really enjoyable characters.

I felt like this book was disjointed and many plot points, characters and/or dialogues were a bit unbelievable and didn’t make sense to me. There were times I had trouble following the story. I found myself wanting to know how the story would play out, but thinking many times that whatever just happened in the story didn’t fit and wouldn’t have happened in the real world. The writing style of this book did not match up with other books I have read by these authors. It felt as if maybe the story was rushed or not edited completely. (I’m not talking about formatting or minor plot issues – but major story flow issues that didn’t seem to be resolved.)

Overall, I would rate Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene between 2.5 & 3 stars. There was enough of the story that I liked that I finished the book, but I did not enjoy the writing style of this one. That being said – I do want to read the next book in the series when it comes out. I loved the setting of this story and think it has a lot of potential for character and plot development.

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Rating Report
Plot
two-half-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
two-half-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: two-half-stars

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    1. Gram – I think you should start the series! This story didn’t fully click for me, but it had a lot of qualities that I liked – enough that I will be reading book 2 when it comes out also.

  1. I usually don’t expect much of first in series, I guess because I am trying to get into the characters so I am excited to give this a try, I love the cover and anything to do with pumpkins.

    1. I hope you try it, Debbie! I think I expected so much because Joyce and Jim are such wonderful authors and have a lot of books under their belts. The pumpkins and the setting were a great part of the story. I think you would enjoy it.

  2. Good review Brooke, not every book hits every mark for everybody! But, you did mention liking some of the characters, so I still think I’ll give it a try–especially since it’s the first in a new series!

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