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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
In the second book of the August Barton series by Jennifer LeBlanc, Augie has been with the love of his life for over a year, but he hasn’t yet taken the knee in a marriage proposal. He’s all set to make a memorable scene in that regard when all hell breaks loose in the forms of tornadoes, drunken bachelorette parties, and an earth-shaking confession from his estranged stepdad. He has to handle this on his own as his Grandma Gertie and his mom are off on a vacation to the Cayman Islands.
I have not read book one in the August Barton series, so I was grateful and surprised at the excellent detail the preparatory prologue provided. Surprised because the prologue is so well written, only the note May: A Year and A Half Later alerted me to the presence of a previous book, and I was instantly immersed in the current and new segment of the story series. With few words and impressive authoring talent, Jennifer LeBlanc introduces the main characters with such precision as to evoke instant empathy with each character. Every event came alive... even the most unlikely. A perfect example is the characterization of Grandma Gertie. She is likely the most unbelievable character I’ve ever read about, but LeBlanc’s skill brings her to life in a way that is not only realistic but makes her absolutely adorable and true to life. She rivals Augie and Rose as the star in this series.
There is no real antagonist, excluding events that threaten to ruin Augie’s life and, by extension, the lives of those around him. And that’s fine... as it allows full concentration on the story and the wonderful mix of characters. The August Barton series is a winner, and I’m looking to see Jennifer LeBlanc leave the indie authoring world for a traditional contract and eventual presence on the international best-seller lists.