Title: The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns
Author: Elizabeth Leiknes
Release Date: June 15, 2009
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Genre: Chick Lit, Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the publisher’s website: (edited)
Lucy Burns wants a normal life: friends, love, and a family of her own. And she could have it all if only she could break free from the job she hates.
That job? Facilitator to hell.
After nineteen years of doing the Devil’s dirty work, Lucy wants out, but it all seems hopeless until Teddy Nightingale, her easy listening music idol, gives her the answer: a little-known loophole.
If she succeeds, Lucy gets love, happiness, and everything she ever really wanted. But the consequences? They’re considerably worse than death. To make it through, Lucy must decide what is evil and what is good, what is right and what is wrong, and if, in the end, there’s ever any way to truly know.
I first heard about The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns from a fellow book reviewer (I feel bad that I can’t remember exactly where I read about it!) I thought it sounded unique and a lot of fun, so I immediately put it on my “to be read” list. A few days later, I was contacted by Harrison from Bancroft Press, asking me if I would be interested in reviewing the book. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance. (And can I just say that Harrison’s pitch was absolutely perfect – interesting and very nice with just a bit of flattery!)
If I had to pick one word to describe The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, it would probably be “quirky.” This is not your typical chick lit fare. Leiknes has managed to put together a thoughtful book that happens to be very different from anything else out there. I was surprised at how much The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns made me think. This is not pure fluff – it has a sincere message at its heart and it makes the reader ask real questions of him or herself.
I’ve said this a couple of times, but I really loved how different The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns was. At times, that uniqueness strayed into the “weird” category, but the book was short enough to where the interesting premise stayed cute. I also appreciated how humorous the novel was. I found myself laughing multiple times over the course of the short book. I liked both Lucy and Luke, and I love that Leiknes chose to make Luke blind. It added an entire additional layer to this little book.
I definitely recommend The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns if you are looking for a different type of chick lit novel. The shortness of it makes it a little vacation from real life, a quick and fun read that you will find deliciously engaging!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!