Saturday, February 27, 2010

'Double Trouble' by Susan May Warren - Book Review and Giveaway

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Susan May Warren is a prolific and talented writer.  Her latest book, ‘Double Trouble,’ is the second novel chronicling the life of PJ Sugar.

PJ Sugar is a late-twenty-something lady who finds herself in the middle of all sorts of escapades.  In this novel, she has just returned to her hometown of Kellogg, Minnesota, and is trying her hand at being a private investigator.  She is working under the tutelage of Jeremy Kane, PI.  Jeremy is charmed and fascinated by PJ – as are most people with whom she comes into contact. 

As explained by Susan May Warren in the Author’s Note:

“The PJ Sugar series is all about discovering that God has great plans for even messy girls – like PJ, like me.  He likes them! He made them that way, and He doesn’t expect them to be perfect.” (p. 334)

Other characters in the novel are Detective Boone Buckam, her high school sweetheart, and PJ’s sister Connie, with whom she is living temporarily.  Their mother, Elizabeth, also lives there, along with Connie’s four year old son Davy, her new Russian husband, Sergei, and his parents Boris and Vera.     

PJ left her hometown about ten years prior to the events of this novel – shortly after her high school graduation.  Some events transpired that caused her to want to leave town.  It is not exactly clear what happened (as I interpret events). 

One of PJ’s first cases as a junior PI is to impersonate Dallas (aka Dally) Morrison, a young lady who will be testifying in a big trial in Chicago.  Jeremy is in charge of keeping her in hiding; PJ is to pretend to be Dally.  She lives in Dally’s home (and becomes good friends with Dally’s eighty-plus year old neighbor, Gabby), she works Dally’s job and she even plays catcher on Dally’s softball team. 

Gabby is a very Godly woman who gives PJ, who has her doubts about her place in this world and in God’s love for her, a lot of good advice:

“Sweetie, of course you’re going to make mistakes.  But don’t you know that God has a plan for each of them?  The truth is, every time you fail, it’s an opportunity for God to show you how much He loves you.  You go read Psalm 18, verse 19.  It says, ‘He rescued me because he delighted in me.’  Delighted.  That means He likes you.  He takes pleasure in you…. And every time you do something that just makes you want to scream in frustration, you have two options: to curl into a ball and hide or let God pick you up and dust you off and nudge you forward.  Let go of your fear of being judged, and draw with confidence to the throne of grace, because I promise you’ll find mercy.”  (pp. 248-249)

Despite missing a few details on what happened to PJ prior to the events of this novel, I still think 'Double Trouble' is a standalone novel; I had not read the first PJ Sugar novel, ‘Nothing but Trouble.’  However, this one was so much fun that I think I’d like to double back!  The third PJ Sugar novel, tentatively titled ‘Licensed for Trouble,’ will be out later this year.  It will be fun to follow the adventures of Miss Sugar – and see which gentleman she may end up with!

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I would love to pass this book along to one of you!  It is gently read, and covered with clear contact paper – a great way to keep a paperback in brand-new condition!

There are several ways to gain entry:

1) Leave a comment here on the blog, telling me how much you’d love to read this fun tome!  Please make sure to leave your email address in this format – sample[at]gmail[dot]com.

2) Follow me on Twitter; I will more than likely follow you back!  If you are already a Twitter follower, that counts, too!  Please leave an additional comment to that effect.

3) Follow me as a Google Friend on this blog; if you are already a Friend, that counts, too!  Please leave an additional comment to that effect.

4) Become my Facebook friend.  Please leave a comment to that effect.

5) Follow this blog as a NetWorked Blog Follower after you’ve become my Facebook friend.  Please leave a comment to that effect.

So there are five chances to enter!  Please limit one entry per option.

This give away is for U.S. residents only.  The deadline for entry is Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  A winner will be chosen via the Random Number Generator on Sunday, March 7, 2010 and will be contacted via email.  The best to all of you!

This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers in association with the LitFuse Publicity firm.  I am proud to be participating in the Double Trouble Blog Tour.

44 comments:

Diane said...

Hi Andrea!

I know I get your fb updates and I think I am already following you on twitter too. The book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it. :O)

Abi said...

I'd love to be added to this drawing. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Abi said...

follower

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bigguysmama said...

I love SMW!! I just got book 1 in the mail today and would love to have book 2 to go with it! Please enter me to win!

Blessings,
Mimi
mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

bigguysmama said...

Following you on Twitter as bigguysmama

~Mimi
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bigguysmama said...

I'm a follower as bigguysmama

Blessings,
Mimi
mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

bigguysmama said...

Already friends on FB. Left a comment for you.

Blessings,
Mimi
mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

bigguysmama said...

Following your Networked Blogs.

Blessings,
Mimi
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Merry said...

PJ sounds like a lot of fun, please include me. Thanks!

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Merry said...

I'm a follower via Goggle.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to read this fabulous book...thanks for sharing it :)

karenk
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rubynreba said...

I would like to be enter for this book. Thanks!
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rubynreba said...

I follow your blog.
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ladijo said...

Please add my name to the drawing. I'm following you on twitter and facebook.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Julia said...

Please enter me. I'm anxious to read this comedic book.

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Judylynn said...

Carman sent me! Please enter me in your drawing.

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Judylynn said...

I am a follower: seizethebookblog@gmail.com

Judylynn said...

I follow you on Twitter: seizethebookblog@gmail.com

Linda said...

Double Trouble sounds like a fun read. PI books are usually very good reads. Please enter me. Thanks.
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Linda said...

I follow on Twitter.

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Linda said...

Am friends on FB.

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Linda said...

I follow as a Google friend.

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Cindy W. said...

Oh I so want to read this book. Please enter me into your book giveaway and thank you for the opportunity.

God bless you.

Cindy W

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HollyMag said...

This sounds like such a fun book! I would love a chance to read it. hollymag[at]gmail[dot]com

Deborah M said...

I've been trying to win a copy of Double Trouble - LOL. Maybe this will be my time. I've signed on as a follower of your blog as well as a follower on face book. Please sign me up.
Deborah M.
debbiejeanm[at]gmail[dot]com

The Unsell Family said...

I would love an opportunity to read this book. It sounds wonderful!

Thanks for letting me know about your blog and giveaways.

~Jen Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

ladijo said...

I would love to read this book. Sounds like such a great read.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

ladijo said...

I am following you on twitter.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

ladijo said...

I am following you on facebook.

Blessings,
Jo
ladij040(at)aol(dot)com

Debra Ullrick said...

Please add my name to the drawing. I read her chapter online and it sounds sooooooooo good. I can't wait to read both PJ stories.

christianromancewriter [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks.

Debra Ullrick, author of The Bride Wore Coveralls

Kathy at Sumballo said...

Please add my name. This book sounds like a fun read!
sumballo at gmail dot com

Martha A. said...

I would love to read this book!!!
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Nancye said...

This like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter
ID: @NancyeDavis

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Nancye said...

Follower

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Nancye said...

Facebook Friend

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Networked Blogs

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A J Hawke said...

The last Susan May Warren I read was TAMING RAFE. It's been out for a while but was still a good read.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of DOUBLE TROUBLE. I'm sure it is at the level of enjoyment of other Susan May Warren offerings.

Blessings on you and your writing,
A J Hawke

ajhawkeauthor[at]aol[dot]com

Loren said...

I would LOVE to read this book! I have never read a Susan May Warren book but and DYING TOOOOOOO! :) They seem to be funny and upbeat!

my email is
lrn.mcghee@gmail.com

Thank you for offering us this giveaway

carmen sent me

Loren said...

I am now following you on Twitter :)

Loren said...

I am now following your blog and would love for you to come join me and follow my book blog
http://www.heartofabookworm.blogspot.com
I also have a regular blog
http://www.themagoosnews.blogspot.com

Loren said...

I have requested to be Facebook friends :)

Loren said...

I am following you on Network Blog and hope you will do the same for me :)

Thank you sooo much!!

Deborah said...

Please enter me! I would love to win this book.
daloweartist[at]embarqmail[dot]com

 
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