Deliciously crass with a unique focus on men who aren’t the one.


Mr. Right For The Moment

After freeing herself from a long marriage marred by her husband’s infidelity, a military wife rejoins the dating world only to run across more players and cheaters in Franklin’s debut novel.

Smart-mouthed Tiffany Lynn Scott spent 26 years as the woman behind the man, constantly sacrificing her own desires for her husband’s military career—only to have him cheat on her multiple times. After leaving him, she rejoins the ranks of the single in her 40s, and her days and nights are filled with meeting, greeting, and Internet dating. She’s constantly searching for Mr. Right, but too often settles for her eponymous “Mr. Right for the Moment.” Among the men is Smith, aka “Lizaaad,” nicknamed for his ample endowment; he’s a military man who skirts the line between friend and lover with her until, one day, a massage turns into a flurry of sexual passion. Smith has a fiancee and a wedding day looming, yet Tiff finds herself smitten, even as his jealous nature and the impossibility of a future with him becomes ever more apparent. When he’s shipped off to Iraq, she’s heartbroken, but then a buff, streetwise Southerner she calls “Big Country” comes into her life. He approaches her in a sincere manner that she’s not accustomed to from men, even though he’s up front about seeing other women. Her greatest ally is her Reality—her name for the sassy avatar of her inner voice, who appears in different outfits to warn her of suitors’ duplicitous actions. Franklin’s novel is a light, humorous read narrated from Tiff's point of view, which takes full advantage of the heroine’s fast-talking style and use of modern slang and military jargon. Tiff’s affinity for the vulgar accentuates the book’s humor, while its more erotic scenes are even steamier for their straightforwardness. Tiff is a refreshing lead, and proof that a middle-aged woman can be vivacious, powerful, yet still fallible. This same nuance isn’t granted to her love interests, however, who are each portrayed as little more than sex-obsessed men who weaponize their charms; indeed, Big Country and Lizaaad have little character beyond their appearance and penis size. There’s also little plot, so those expecting a fairy tale about finding Prince Charming may be disappointed.

Deliciously crass with a unique focus on men who aren’t the one.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-4363-5715-9

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Xlibris

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2016

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Women become horseback librarians in 1930s Kentucky and face challenges from the landscape, the weather, and the men around them.

Alice thought marrying attractive American Bennett Van Cleve would be her ticket out of her stifling life in England. But when she and Bennett settle in Baileyville, Kentucky, she realizes that her life consists of nothing more than staying in their giant house all day and getting yelled at by his unpleasant father, who owns a coal mine. She’s just about to resign herself to a life of boredom when an opportunity presents itself in the form of a traveling horseback library—an initiative from Eleanor Roosevelt meant to counteract the devastating effects of the Depression by focusing on literacy and learning. Much to the dismay of her husband and father-in-law, Alice signs up and soon learns the ropes from the library’s leader, Margery. Margery doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, rejects marriage, and would rather be on horseback than in a kitchen. And even though all this makes Margery a town pariah, Alice quickly grows to like her. Along with several other women (including one black woman, Sophia, whose employment causes controversy in a town that doesn’t believe black and white people should be allowed to use the same library), Margery and Alice supply magazines, Bible stories, and copies of books like Little Women to the largely poor residents who live in remote areas. Alice spends long days in terrible weather on horseback, but she finally feels happy in her new life in Kentucky, even as her marriage to Bennett is failing. But her powerful father-in-law doesn’t care for Alice’s job or Margery’s lifestyle, and he’ll stop at nothing to shut their library down. Basing her novel on the true story of the Pack Horse Library Project established by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, Moyes (Still Me, 2018, etc.) brings an often forgotten slice of history to life. She writes about Kentucky with lush descriptions of the landscape and tender respect for the townspeople, most of whom are poor, uneducated, and grateful for the chance to learn. Although Alice and Margery both have their own romances, the true power of the story is in the bonds between the women of the library. They may have different backgrounds, but their commitment to helping the people of Baileyville brings them together.

A love letter to the power of books and friendship.

Pub Date: Oct. 8, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-399-56248-8

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking

Review Posted Online: July 1, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2019

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.


A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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