Title: A Bad Day for Pretty
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Stella Hardesty is back in this sequel to A Bad Day for Sorry, and she’s just as tough as ever. She continues to run her sewing shop business, while really devoting her time to her “other” job, teaching no-good men who beat their wives a thing or two about justice. Stella knows how to take care of herself and the women that come to her for help. But when Stella receives a plea for protection after a mummified body is discovered, Stella isn’t sure what she’s gotten herself into.
When I first saw A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty, I wasn’t that interested in them. They didn’t jump out at me as books I’d really want to read, though I have been enjoying more mysteries lately. However, I started seeing a few really good reviews of them around the blogosphere, and began to wonder if I’d written them off too quickly. When I received a review pitch for A Bad Day for Pretty, I decided to take it, first going back to read A Bad Day for Sorry.
I have to say, I really was mistaken about these books. Stella Hardesty is a tough-as-nails, takes-crap-from-no-one kind of woman. At first glance, a fifty-something woman might not make the best heroine for a novel, but Stella is just wonderful. She has such strong feelings about men who abuse their wives and girlfriends (as many of us do), but she actually does something about it. Even though what she does is outside the law, I respected her greatly for taking matters into her own hands. In A Bad Day for Pretty, the situation Stella is dealing with doesn’t really have to do with abuse, which says something about her character. Stella will go as far as she can to help her friends, and then push herself one more step if that’s what it takes to get things done.
I also liked that Stella was a little more feminine in A Bad Day for Pretty. She has a love interest now, and has to take more care of herself than she did in the first book. Knowing how tough she was, these efforts made me laugh – Littlefield did an excellent job in writing an engaging, appealing main character that readers can’t help but love.
It isn’t necessary to read these books in order to be able to understand what’s going on. The summary I gave above is pretty much all you need to know to start either book. That being said, there is some character introduction and development in the first book that you’ll miss if you skip it. Plus it’s an entertaining story and just all around a lot of fun!
The Stella Hardesty series is a great one, and I’m so glad I gave it a chance, despite my initial misgivings. Sophie Littlefield is a talented author and I really hope she keeps writing books about Stella, though I’ll definitely read whatever she comes out with next!