One summer my family decided to go up to a cottage and for some reason I did not think to bring up a supply of books. I cannot imagine what I was thinking. Perhaps I assumed there would be a bookstore up there and I could pick up something to read while I was there. Maybe I assumed the cottage might have a supply. Whatever I thought, I was wrong.
There was no place to find books anywhere and it looked to be a boring vacation. Luckily we stopped at the grocery store in town, and wouldn’t you know it, they had a few books for sale. None of them were teen books nor were any of the authors ones I was familiar with, but I read the back and selected Sandra Hill’s Pearl Jinx.The pretty hot pink cover with glossy pearls didn’t look like it belonged in a bargain bin and the back sounded so ridiculous that I picked it up. At least it would pass the time.Time flew reading that book and I can almost bet I finished it in a day, staying up late into the night because it was just too good.
Let me explain. The book follows Caleb, an ex-Amish Navy SEAL, who works for a treasure hunting company called Jinx Inc.. Sent out to retrieve some cave pearls Caleb has to work with Crazy Claire Cassidy, whose smoking hot and smoking crazy.
The humour in it is fantastic, because the characters are absolutely ridiculous. Tante Lulu has to be the best. Described as a 5 foot nothing Cajun woman, she’ll say everything you’d never thought you’d hear out of your grandma, do things you probably never want to envision your grandmother doing, and meddling everywhere. She’s a character and a half and she never stops.
Her nephew Tee-John is pretty fun himself. He’s smooth and has some pretty ridiculous moments himself, and Caleb and Claire’s romance (and attraction) is pretty cute too.
Pearl Jinx has its share of touching moments, but it always looks on the bright side, and never forgets its sense of humour. And of course, the attraction between are leads is so thick it could be cut by a knife. Yum. The best part was there was a whole (well planned) series that these awesome characters walk in and out of, so once the book is over they’re never quite gone.
This book never fails to make me laugh. It was love at first read.