Tassy Morgan’s Bluff – Review

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Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson
Age: Adult
Genre: Fiction
Location: San Andreas, CA
Publication date: June 28th, 2011
Source: Publisher – LibraryThing Early Reviewers

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San Andreas, California. It may be a quaint town, but its residents have high hopes for its future as a tourist destination. There’s Bill the Fixer, the handyman who sidelines in chain-saw sculpted redwood totem poles; real estate agent Margaret Nam, who plans to make a mint rehabbing beach shacks; and Jimi, the well-to-do hairstylist whose chair is the epicenter of town gossip. Amid their town’s growing pains, widower Lincoln Ellis and Tassy Morgan, a recently divorced painter, meet and-much to their surprise-sparks begin to fly.

This is a book I had requested and won through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. My main interest in this book was because of the location, in Northern California. Sadly, that’s just about where my interest ended. I found this book to be incredibly stale and unoriginal. Although the small-town quirks and gossip was amusing at times, I felt that overall, the plot of the story was lackluster and the town was full of oddball stereotypes to compensate for a plot full of lawyer jargon and zoning and construction babble.Tassy Morgan is the sexy, sweet, yet crazy divorcee / artist. Lincoln is a formerly high powered Hollywood attorney who at 50, retires in San Andreas by buying the B&B across from Tassy’s shack.  High powered real estate agent Margaret Nam has her eyes set on running for mayor in the small town. Not letting anything stand in her way, she develops a personal vendetta against Tassy Morgan, who refuses to comply with city ordinances about the paint color of her shack. Now her house, and her budding relationship with the rich, and recently widowed, Lincoln Ellis is as much under town scrutiny as is the height of her fence and the color of her walls. If it wasn’t for the unsurprising romance and sexual tension between Tassy and Lincoln I would have considered this a book for elementary school aged kids. Its good for a summer beach read when you need to keep one eye on a book and one eye on the kids running around the waves.

Tassy Morgan’s Bluff
By Jim Stinson
Plume, 2011
280 pages
Book 24 of 2011
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