Genre: Humorous Literary Fiction
Publisher: Boldface Books
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 270
You’re never too old to learn—or too young
Good-looking, good-hearted Charley Bristow’s the most sought-after hair stylist in five West Texas counties. He’s an expert on the dance floor and sharp at the pool tables, too—but when it comes to picking cars, dogs, and women, luck hasn’t quite gone his way lately. And there’s the ever-present worry over his mother, whose own trailer-park plight he’d just as soon steer clear of.
Just when he’s sworn off temptation of the female sort, an evening at the local honky-tonk drives two prime targets right into his path. Weighing the sudden wealth of options in his love life, while also searching for the right choice of wheels to suit his needs, Charley stumbles upon a long-hidden secret and an unforeseen road to redemption.
The colorful denizens of the Wild Hare Salon, Jarod’s Automotive, and Hopper’s nightclub, along with those of the Briargrove First Methodist Church and the Sulfur Gap Centennial Celebration, will two-step their way right into your heart, to music as familiar as Willie Nelson and Charley Pride. And you just might start to fall in love with an old Johnny Mercer tune, too, as Charley Bristow faces his past and embraces the challenge of his future.
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this was a fun read. You had surprises around every corner that just about involved everyone in this small town of Texas. You got to know the gossipers as Charley had the most hair appointments he's ever had as people try to get the 411 about the town drama before the others. It's entertaining and fun to read. I wish it would have held more of an edge of mystery, but it is straightforward when introducing who killed who and who the real biological father ended up being. I was still surprised and happy at the outcome to everything. I loved following his mother as she slowly became a person again after all the trade ft in her life. The characters were well built, so it was even more rewarding to follow them on their journey to a happy ending finding long lost family and love.
Charley's previous marriages were hilarious failures, but it's easy to understand if you go through wives as fast as he does. He's in his twenties with two divorces. I enjoyed seeing his new romance making him slow down and become a man throughout he book. I would give this four out of five stars and recommend this as a light, fun read for adults who love a little family drama and turmoil.
Dana Glossbrenner's debut novel, The Lark, features Charley Bristow, a successful young hair stylist in a small West Texas town. His misadventures provide humor, intrigue, and catharsis, as he discovers a lost family history. Women Behind Stained Glass: West Texas Pioneers, a historical work, recounts the lives of women who helped settle the area around San Angelo, Texas.
Glossbrenner taught high school and university English classes and worked as a guidance counselor. She grew up in Snyder, Texas, earned degrees from Texas Tech, Angelo State University, and Texas State University. She now lives in San Angelo, Texas.
She cites Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, and Elmer Kelton as major inspirations for writing about Texas.
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