I've been getting more involved at LibraryThing and found fourteen really nice reviews of Spare Change there. I picked this review from Vanessa to share with you. Also to let you know I'm giving away three autographed paperbacks of Spare Change on LibraryThing starting the 15th.
An enjoyable tale set in the American South told through first and third person points of view via various voices. When Olivia Boyle's husband Charlie dies during their honeymoon, she is devastated but little does she know what life has in store for her! Charlie's grandson, Ethan Allen, witnesses the deaths of both his parents and makes his ways from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Wyattsville, where Olivia lives, in search of his grandfather. He is very reluctant to divulge exactly what happened back home and he is a very frightened but courageous boy. However, with the help of Detective Jack Mahoney, the truth is slowly revealed.
I found the story fast paced and interesting – it certainly kept me turning the pages. It is quite humorous, but at the same time there is a serious thread running through it. The way it is told reminds me a little of Fannie Flagg's books, an author of whom I am a fan. I liked the characters, some of them are quite quirky and I thought them well drawn. I cared very much what happened to Ethan Allen, he was such a resourceful and fearless young man!
An easy, entertaining and heartwarming tale which I would recommend to those who enjoy slice-of-life stories containing a hint of mystery and a smattering of romance.