April 7, 2009
Berkley Original, a division of Penguin Group Publishing
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN
18 – And Up
Rating: 4 Cups
Pepper Malone was a big city reporter until her personal life got in her way. After her relationship with a well-known man fizzled out, she took the bedroom secrets to her work and put them in the news. Being fired for unethical ways of finding stories was bad enough; being threatened by her ex’s family had her running as far away as she could.
Mike McCulloch is the owner of Bailee Bugle and, as editor, his word is final. When a woman in expensive high heels storms into the building demanding a job, he sends her on some fool’s errand, figuring he has seen the last of Miss Big City Gal.
Proving to Mike ‘Chief’ McCulloch that some imaginary tasks are not going to get her to leave, Pepper sets in for the long haul as a reporter for the small town newspaper. Living in Bailee, Texas, definitely is not like Chicago, but it has its own charm that starts to grow on her too flighty feet. When her tires are slashed by an unknown assailant, then later the office is shot at, Pepper and Mike are on the trail of a wanna-be killer. As they delve deeper into the town’s history, they will find that their closeness sparks an attraction that cannot be put out. However, before they have a chance to explore where their attraction is going, the culprit strikes again, taking someone who is close to both their hearts; Pepper and Mike discover who is behind the vandalism, and it is someone neither would have ever guessed it could be.
Rewriting Monday started off a little slowly, not really catching my attention to begin with. However, once the story started to unfold, Ms. Thomas caught my interest with the unique characteristics of the town and those who live in it. The portrayal of Pepper’s and Mike’s loneliness is done with such tenderness, I could feel my heart weeping for the love they never had. The minor characters in the novel also have such great history that I feel as if I am part of their family: crying when they do, laughing at their antics, and hoping they will have a happily ever after. This tale is not the best work the author has done, but it’s still a worthy novel fit to be a great love story, one that will have a place on your bookshelf.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More