If you're looking for light-hearted fun reading, Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston is for you.
The first novel in a new series, Secret Sisters is hands down the funnest book I've read in a long time!
Here's a teaser:
Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods, well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do?
With the help of her counselors Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It's all in a day's work for the Relief Society.
This book has all the elements I love in a story: mystery, suspense, murder, mayhem, a huge dose of humor, a hint of romance, snappy dialog, well-rounded characters, and a plot that keeps the pages turning. I was frustrated when I had to stop reading for any reason.
Ida Mae, the Relief Society President and the ring-leader of the Secret Sisters is a hoot—especially when she is trying not to judge others. She's got a great heart and wants to do the right thing, but somehow she only seems to get herself deeper into trouble. I totally fell in love with her. Ida Mae is now my role model.
I also loved Arlette, another member of the group. She is so grumpy—we all know grumpy old women like her. But she's not a stereotype. She has several endearing qualities and I was quite impressed with her when I discovered the reason behind her fanatical knitting.
And Ida Mae's nephew, Ren? Well, I loved him too—and not just because he shares a name with my newest grandson. This guy is like a total science nerd, but cute and funny. Without his help building electronic spying devices, the Secret Sisters would not have solved the mystery.
This book is thoroughly entertaining. I was reading Secret Sisters at a doctor's office and found myself laughing out loud (that would be LOL in ALL CAPS and BOLDED) multiple times at some of her comments and behaviors—to the annoyance of all the other people in the room. (Sorry.) (Not really.)
I recommend Secret Sisters to everyone as fun, entertaining summer reading. I've already nominated it for a 2010 Whitney award. (Yes, I liked it that much!) But it will have some tough competition. I understand that book two in the series is also coming out this year. Can't wait!
Learn more about Tristi Pinkston and find links to more reviews of Secret Sisters at Tristi's blog.
You can also read Ida Mae's blog and become her Facebook friend.
Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston. Released March 16, 2010, Valor Publishing Group. ISBN: 978-1-935546-09-2. 260 pages, hardcover.