July 15, 2013

book review: tales from the laundry pile

Kathleen Kole is back with another laugh-out-loud story in Tales from the Laundry Pile. I've admired Kathleen's work for some time (check out exhibits A and B, and go ahead and take a look at C and D while you're at it), and I was naturally excited to check out her latest story.

After four years of raising their twin sons in the city, Claire Jamieson and her husband Jake decide it's in their family's best interest to move to Boxwood Hills. Instead of clearing the air and making their lives more simple, Claire finds her stress levels through the roof.

Between balancing a never-ending pile of laundry, meddlesome in-laws who live within walking distance, an eccentric mom also down the street and an endless cast of quirky townspeople, her life is filled with moments to cause her concern.

In Tales from the Laundry Pile, Claire must learn to settle into her new life while reconnecting with the person she has hiding inside.

True to her signature form, Kathleen Kole offers a fun story filled with an entertaining cast of characters that have you laughing and groaning -- and in appropriate doses.

Claire was a character easy to connect with. Even if you're a childless spinster, like me, I found myself completely able to understand where she was coming from. We've all been through moments in our lives where we filled stressed beyond belief. We've all had times when we felt we weren't measuring up to the ideal we'd set for ourselves. And as Claire sinks deeper and deeper, it's easy to cheer for her to resurface.

It was a lot of fun to return to Boxwood Hills, a popular setting in Kole's books. Very much like a character itself, you can always count on something funny and entertaining to happen. Plus, I kept myself turning the pages hoping to find a cameo appearance from one -- or all -- of the characters in previous books.

Tales from the Laundry Pile is a funny and sweet read that moves quickly and is well worth the time spent reading. Congrats to Kathleen on writing another gem.

Rating: 4 of 5

Check back Friday for a new interview with author Kathleen Kole.

**Everyone who leaves a comment here will be entered to win a four print books from Kathleen! Titles are: Breaking Even, Dollars to Donuts, Favorable Conditions and Tales from the Laundry Pile. One bonus winner will win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Tales from the Laundry Pile before  July 29 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

About the Author
Kathleen Kole is the author of Breaking Even, Dollars to Donuts, Favorable Conditions and her new release, Tales from the Laundry Pile.

Kathleen lives with her husband, son and dog in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. 

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