Review: Because I’m Worth It, by Linda Nielsen

About the book, Because I’m Worth It Because-Im-Worth-It-cover

• Paperback: 346 pages
• Publisher: TouchPoint Press (March 1, 2018)

An impressive contract combined with lavish perks influence Skye Topple to marry the boss’ daughter, Delaney Mae Anne Covington, a self-centered and spoiled southern belle. The “perfect” wedding is threatened when an alarming secret refuses to stay hidden. With no regard for anyone other than herself and her daughter, Delaney’s alcoholic mother takes control, inserting irrational solutions that leave mother and daughter looking foolish while a baby’s life, a grandmother’s love, and a man’s career hang in the balance. This is certainly not a North meets South story—more like South moves North and meets West, where what works for one family may not work for another. Choices must be made. Lives will be changed. One thing is for sure… Skye is smack dab in the middle when Big Sur life meets country club values.

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About the author, Linda Nielsen Linda Nielsen

Linda’s first book, Lasso the Stars, was published in 2011 under L.L. Nielsen. Her newest novel, Because I’m Worth It, is scheduled for release by TouchPoint Press in early 2018.

Find out more about Linda at her website, and find all her books at Author Central page.


My Thoughts Melissa A. Bartell

Linda Nielsen is an excellent writer, a creator of vivid, dimensional characters, and it’s because she’s so good at this that I’m having difficulty in reviewing this book, Because I’m Worth It, because one of the main characters, Delaney’s mother, Terri Sue Ellen, is one of the most unlikable, annoying women I’ve ever encountered in fiction. And believe me, it takes talent to create a character who reads so real that you cringe every time she speaks.

Conversely, Skye’s mother, Melissa, is a character I could have read an entire novel about (and in many ways I did – this book is her story, and Terri Sue Ellen’s, as much as it is the story of Skye and Delaney and everyone else), and not just because we share a first name and a love of quirky houses and creativity.

Still a reviewer’s job isn’t to like the characters, it’s to highlight the good (or bad) points of a book, and, my visceral dislike of Terri Sue Ellen aside, I really enjoyed this book. The story is compelling with just enough twists and turns to keep it from being predictable. The contrast between Delaney’s family and Skye’s family is beautifully drawn, and the I had a great time escaping into other people’s lives for 346 pages.

Nielsen excels at dialogue as well as character crafting. I liked the differences between the breezy California styles of Skye and his family as compared to the mixture of Chicago and Southern tones in Delaney and her people. Those dialect cues made it much easier to remember where we were, as the story jumped back and forth between Big Sur, Chicago, Atlanta, and a few other places.

I haven’t read Nielsen’s other work, but I think she’s got a long, successful career ahead of her, and I’ll definitely be following it, eager to see what she writes next.

Goes well with steamed artichokes and warm butter, and a glass of California chardonnay, eaten on a coastal patio at sunset.

 


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4 thoughts on “Review: Because I’m Worth It, by Linda Nielsen

  1. Melissa,

    Book review: Because I’m Worth It

    I thought your food and wine pairing was perfect for this story. To make a full supper, I might have added some muscles from the Big Sur coast and sourdough bread from Monterey. I love good food!

    I realize that it takes time to read and evaluate a book. Thanks so much for your review of Because I’m Worth It!

    An interesting note about Terri Sue Ellen was that I reined her in a couple of times but she kept peeking around pages and had more to say. I was told by another reviewer that though TSE thought of herself as an extremely smart lady, she had no idea people laughed at her and that made her a sad person and fueled her vindictive personality. Do you think that’s possible? Do you feel she might make a good subject for a discussion group?

    You know when a character – like her – is developed it’s important to be careful of where to curve their personality and when to just say stop. So far, she has been the most talked about character in the book, both as evil and/or funny, but in the original outline she was on the bench waiting to be set into play. Thanks for your honest assessment. It gives pause for thought. Did she distract or add to the story line? Lots to consider.

    I appreciated that you really enjoyed the story overall. Big Sur is a magical place and Melissa and Pete belonged there. If you get to visit, please remember the stone house on the cliffs and the happiness people share.

    Most sincerely,

    Linda Nielsen

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    • How could I forget MUSSELS!!!!! (I spent most of the first decade of my marriage in Northern California).

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