The Big 5-Oh by Sandra Bricker
I first heard of Sandie thanks to a huge blog tour for her first Summerside book, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas. Everyone posted rave reviews about how awesome this book was, and how funny.
Then I met Sandie at an Orlando meeting and she was super nice. Then I met her again on the way to the ACFW conference and I thought, I really need to get her book.
So I did and I laughed the entire trip home (on the plane). After Snowball came out, it seemed like Sandie's career started snowballing too!
I got my hot big hands on her book, The Big 5-Oh. It's just now releasing but I read the ARC, which is kind of awesome! The story is based in Florida and highlights a woman who's in need of a break, especially since her birthday is coming up soon. Often marked by illness or tragedy, birthdays are main character Olivia's nemesis. So she travels down to Florida for some much-needed R&R, but finds instead a second chance at love (not to mention a pool-loving alligator and a farting dog).
Despite some of the more serious issues, this book is a sweet read. I enjoyed it, especially how each chapter starts out with a little story about a donkey. Those tidbits cracked me up.
You can find Sandie at her website, her blog, and she even did a guest post on her agent's blog. Plus, her former agent and current editor commented on the post, which I thought was pretty cool.
The Big 5-Oh is available now. Don't forget to check out Sandie's other titles if you love romantic comedy.