Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lone Star Book Blog Tour Presents: The Lark by Dana Glossbrenner *Review*


by Dana Glossbrenner

Genre: Humorous Literary Fiction
Publisher: Boldface Books
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 270

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You’re never too old to learn—or too young

Good-looking, good-hearted Charley Bristow’s the most sought-after hair stylist in five West Texas counties. He’s an expert on the dance floor and sharp at the pool tables, too—but when it comes to pick­ing cars, dogs, and women, luck hasn’t quite gone his way lately. And there’s the ever-present worry over his mother, whose own trailer-park plight he’d just as soon steer clear of. 

Just when he’s sworn off temptation of the female sort, an evening at the local honky-tonk drives two prime targets right into his path. Weighing the sudden wealth of options in his love life, while also searching for the right choice of wheels to suit his needs, Charley stumbles upon a long-hidden secret and an unforeseen road to re­demption. 

The colorful denizens of the Wild Hare Salon, Jarod’s Automotive, and Hopper’s nightclub, along with those of the Briargrove First Methodist Church and the Sulfur Gap Centennial Celebration, will two-step their way right into your heart, to music as familiar as Willie Nelson and Charley Pride. And you just might start to fall in love with an old Johnny Mercer tune, too, as Charley Bristow faces his past and embraces the challenge of his future.

Praise for The Lark

"Good-time Charley" Bristow is a popular twenty-something West Texas hairstylist who's already dodged two bullets with two failed marriages (the second time, literally). . . . The Lark invites us to join Charley's friends, the rural cosmopolitans of Sulfur Gap, and ride shotgun alongside this rogue with an honest heart . . . on a journey into his past.  Dana Glossbrenner has crafted a totally engaging quest for happiness, set it in a totally genuine contemporary Texas, and delivered up great characters for a great read.

-- Cliff Hudder, author of Splinterville and Pretty Enough for You

Charley Bristow takes some things seriously--work, dancing, pool-playing, and women, but maybe not in that order. He finds the true importance of friends and family.

-- Rick Smith, San Angelo Standard Times


First off, I loved this book! I don't normally read novels in the perspective of a male character but this book had a lot of heart. I thought it was just going to be a romance at first, but there was also a lot of mystery that I just adored. I used to live in Abilene when I was younger, and it was mentioned through the book quite a lot. Every time it was, I had that feeling of nostalgia for sure!

Charley was a very likable character. He was down to earth and helped out his mom even though he didn't really have the best thoughts about her. Everyone loves Charley in this novel, except maybe two of his exes. 

I also loved the car aspects of the book because I have had plenty of lemons in my day! I felt bad for Charley as he kept trying to find a car that would actually run! I also enjoyed the bar descriptions, even though I am not a fan of country western or going to bars. This book was still enjoyable even though it was a bit out of my comfort zone.

I loved the characters, and especially the mystery that unveiled about his family. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a great story to read even if you don't know much about bar nightlife or hairdressers!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Dana Glossbrenner for providing me with an Ebook copy in exchange for an honest review!

Dana Glossbrenner's debut novel, The Lark, features Charley Bristow, a successful young hair stylist in a small West Texas town. His misadventures provide humor, intrigue, and catharsis, as he discovers a lost family history. Women Behind Stained Glass: West Texas Pioneers, a historical work, recounts the lives of women who helped settle the area around San Angelo, Texas. Glossbrenner taught high school and university English classes and worked as a guidance counselor. She grew up in Snyder, Texas, earned degrees from Texas Tech, Angelo State University, and Texas State University. She now lives in San Angelo, Texas.
She cites Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, and Elmer Kelton as major inspirations for writing about Texas.



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