Welcome to my tour stop for Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer. This is a review tour and runs February 16-27th. Just Pru releases March 2, 2015. Check out the tour page for more information.
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When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru’s favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.
Thus begin the adventures of a girl who’s never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen’s whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director’s assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.
Only one thing can derail Pru’s exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it’s two things—and they’re in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?
***** Review *****
Where had I thrown my bra? When you’re a size 36D, you do not venture forth into public without one.
Pru Anderson is a former college friend in my body…plus a few inches of height. I could very well relate to Pru. I loved her character, and the narrative voice she has in the story. Although the girl on the cover looks very much like a teenager and much thinner than Pru is described, I liked everything going on in this book. I liked the fact that Anne Pfeffer made it a point for Pru to be a curvy, weighted woman. 😉
I could still hear my father’s voice, cool and cutting. You won’t last a month in Los Angeles. Mark my words, you’ll be back in Oregon before you know it. Well, ha ha on him, I’d lasted two months now. And ha ha on me, because I didn’t know if I could last a third.
When Ellen extends her home to Pru, the victim of a fire that has destroyed her apartment, it is a complete God send. It brings Pru out of her shell, out of her comfort zone, and in close contact and quarters with others. She meets Adam, who immediately suspects her of setting the fire.
As life goes on, Ellen’s exuberance and busy, bustling life filled with dramatic actors begins to consume Pru. She is hesitant at first, but slowly wades the waters into Ellen’s world. She seems to be the only one who can tame Ellen’s lead actor, Blake, who is a bit of a two-timing ass. As Pru works with him rehearsing lines, more and more of his character comes out. There is some depth to the man, and a very real reason why he is resistant to playing the role he’s been cast in.
Right now, for a brief moment, my life was rich and fun and full of possibilities. I was going to milk it for all I could get before the jail door slammed shut again.
As Pru works with Ellen, she and Adam also start spending more time together. It seems Adam and Ellen are like the social caretakers of those in their building, and things start developing between the two of them. Adam is much more than meets the eye, especially with his hand-washing and germ neuroses (which is actually kind of cute!). He and Pru both put themselves out there…and the saints come marching in.
I curled up in the armchair, marveling that I had someone, a friend, to help me find pretty clothes. It was one of so many firsts – a ride in a convertible, a kiss on the cheek from a man, a glass of wine. I wanted to save up the memories, like a stack of shiny pennies. I wanted to save them in a safe place and keep them to look at when all of this had gone away.
Saints, right? That’s what Pru’s parents think they are. I loved the accomplishments and achievements Pru made. There was a great deal of character development and growth on her part. She has worked hard to get to where she is, and she’s in a good place. Her parents swoop in and all hell breaks loose. They are the two people in the world who have the ultimate power to absolutely destroy Pru, and she’s left to deal with all the ends of her unraveling world.
***** About the Author *****
Anne Pfeffer worked in finance and was a children’s rights attorney before she decided to follow her respective dreams of writing books and working in her pajamas. Since then, she has self-published the novels Any Other Night, The Wedding Cake Girl, and Girls Love Travis Walker, which was named one of IndieReader.com‘s Best Indie Books of 2013.
Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco.
***** Giveaway *****
Two (2) winners get a paperback set of Anne Pfeffer’s books, Any Other Night, Girls Love Travis Walker, The Wedding Cake Girl and Just Pru.
Open to US only. Ends March 4, 2015.