Friday, 24 June 2011

Crossroads Road - Jeff Kay

Synopsis - Jovis McIntire's quiet life in the suburbs is turned upside down the day his mother-in-law wins $234 million in a multi-state lottery. She quickly makes an identical offer to all her children and their families: a large, custom-built home, and two million dollars cash. But there's a catch, a nasty hook hidden inside the bait. If the deal is accepted, they will be required to live together on a newly-created cul-de-sac in southern California, for the remainder of the matriarch's life — a woman Jovis sarcastically calls Sunshine. Not a chance! And that would only be the beginning of it, he knows. The rest of his wife's family is no prize, either. Nancy the bohemian earth child with organic, free-range armpits, Kevin the pompous scarf-wearing intellectual, Sue the 400-pound attention junkie who throws herself down flights of stairs for sympathy… Jovis sees them all as kooks, in one way or another, and they want him to live amongst them? Not for a million bucks! Or two million, even. But his defiance begins to fade when Jovis returns to his job, and realizes he's now there by choice.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways.  I was expecting this to be a highly entertaining story about adapting to life with the highly dysfunctional in-laws all living in a purpose built cul-de-sac.  Yes, it was quite amusing as far as mild entertainment goes.  Once again, I struggled with the writing style but this could be a 'lost in translation' thing as I am not American and I don't know the places where the book is set.  Therefore I cannot judge the writing style on accuracy.  This is Jeff Kay's first novel and it isn't a bad first attempt.  It shows promise and with practise and experience I would expect him to better this story.  There were some grammatical errors.  Unfortunately this is often the case these days, but I did not feel that this detracted from the book. 2*

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