In her debut novel, Linda Joffe Hull immerses us in the lives of complex and scandalous characters in this "fun, sexy suburban soap opera with a touch of mystery" (Library Journal).
Melody Mountain Ranch is a gated, planned, suburban heaven for everyone but interior decorator Hope Jordan. As Hope struggles through the letdown of several unsuccessful fertility treatments, her cul-de-sac neighbors Will Pierce-Cohn, a stay-at-home dad and community activist; Frank Griffin, a minister–cum–homeowners' board president; and Tim Trautman, a soon-to-be father of five, jockey for her attention.
When Hope has a few too many cocktails and inadvertently eats hash-laced brownies at the playground ribbon-cutting gala/Memorial Weekend poolside potluck, she falls into the arms of one of her three wannabe lovers...or maybe all three. She wakes up with only fleeting memories of the evening and soon discovers that her dream of getting pregnant has become a crushing reality. With all eyes on her, Hope is forced to watch as the walls holding up her picture-perfect neighborhood begin to crumble.
A St. Louis native, Linda Joffe Hull currently resides in Denver with her husband, daughter, and the various pets her sons left behind when they went off to college. She is a longtime member and former president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is currently on the board of Mystery Writers of America. She was also named the 2013 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year. She is the author of The Big Bang, Frog Kisses, Eternally 21, Black Thursday, and Sweetheart Deal.
Publisher: Gallery Books (November 18, 2012)
Length: 320 pages
"Hull's satisfying debut explores the McMansions of Melody Mountain Ranch, a planned suburb where eating disorders, lesbian affairs, and a coven of teenage witches are just a few of the outrageous secrets hiding behind the idyllic facades. Hull deftly handles a multitude of complicated characters and brings about a conclusion that will leave readers suitably scandalized." --Publishers Weekly
"Hull's amusing debut will appeal most to readers who like their fiction with extra froth." --Booklist
"This debut novel is a fun, sexy suburban soap opera with a touch of mystery. A wide cast of interesting characters adds more than one subplot, but they are all absolutely entertaining and make this a worthwhile read." --Library Journal
"Hull writes the novel in the point-of-view of each main character, while remaining in third person. Her ability to differentiate among voices is impressive . . . The ending is an appropriate conclusion to all the story lines that Hull set in motion." --Chick Lit Central
Winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year Award
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