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Tassy Morgan's Bluff: A Novel

2.91 of 5 stars 2.91  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A wonderfully funny and warm introduction to the quirky inhabitants of a small town located on the breathtakingly scenic northern tip of California.

San Andreas, California. It may be a quaint town, but its residents have high hopes for its future as a tourist destination. There's Bill the Fixer, the handyman who sidelines in chain-saw sculpted redwood totem poles; real e
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Plume (first published May 20th 2011)
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Leah
This is a fun one. It's light, quick, easy, and somewhat comfortingly formulaic. So if that's what you're in the mood for, this is a good choice. The small coastal town of San Andreas is a place for retirement and tourists. But the quiet life there isn't always so quiet.

Nothing like painting your house neon purple and green to make a statement to the city council. And that's exactly what divorced Tassy Morgan does when she can't get permission to knock down her beach shack—which is in imminent d
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Mayda
In Tassy Morgan’s Bluff, author Jim Stinson has created some likable and unforgettable characters. Set in San Andreas, California, protagonists Lincoln Ellis, lawyer, and Tassy Morgan, artist, find themselves adrift in life, but drawn together. Linc, newly widowed, and Tassy, divorced, find themselves mostly on the same side with a common goal, yet occasionally at odds with each other. Throw in a dilapidated beach shack ready to fall down the bluff, a determined Tribal Chair for the Narowa Nativ ...more
Deon Stonehouse
Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson is set in San Andreas California, an endearingly eccentric little town perched on a hillside above the Pacific. It is populated by the newcomers who want to gentrify and make big bucks on their real estate, Native Americans, artists, and old timers trying to make a living in an uncertain economic climate. Tassy runs afoul of the local real estate maven and city council member when she paints her house bright purple, clearly not the right palate for the upwardl ...more
Scottie
I received this book as part of a Goodreads “First Reads” giveaway.

It has been awhile since I have seen a novel with cover art that so clearly illustrates the main setting of the story. It projects an image of a breath-taking, picturesque spot that is slowly falling apart. It seems so appropriate that the main character is a painter, when the cover seems like a scenic image that she might have created. While I was drawn to the cover art, I found that the storyline never fully captured my attent
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Martha
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! I think this book deserves 3 1/2 stars, but that was not an option, so I stuck with 3. I must say that I enjoyed the book. It was a light book, and would be a great book to take to the beach. However, I thought the characters were not given enough depth and that their emotional struggles could have been detailed a little more. The true lead character of the book was the quaint little town. It sounded like such a wonderful town that I would love to visit o ...more
Bianca
I wanted to like this book more but I really hate when books just end...
Jill Hardy
I recieved this book in the goodreads giveways. It was a sweet book but didn't have "the adrelaine" read. I started this book about 1 1/2 months ago and while the writing was good and the plot was a different I struggled with the desire to get back to it as quickly as possible. Love the characters Linc and Tassy but struggled with her past and her families past made me sad, but the truth be told there are stories out there just like that. I would try another book by Jim Stinson.
Kjirsten
I won a copy of this book on the Goodreads giveaway. It was a nice book with some interesting and quirky characters. The descriptions of the town were good and I really enjoyed the descriptions of the people in the town and how they reacted to the main characters and situations. The "free range toddler" made me laugh out loud. For me, this is a great book to read on a summer day.
Nari (The Novel World)
I found this book to be incredibly stale and unoriginal. Although the small-town quirks and gossip was amusing at times, I felt that overall, the plot of the story was lackluster and the town was full of oddball stereotypes to compensate for a plot full of lawyer jargon and zoning and construction babble.

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Darlene
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. The characters in this book were really fun to get to know, but there wasn't much to this book. It was a nice read with moments of laughter and light heartedness, but all in all there just wasn't much to the book. Jim Stinson has a promising writing style and I look forward to the growth in his novels to come.

Suzanne
A variation of the classic knight in shining armor swoops in and saves the day and the damsel in distress. Of course, it all works out in the end and the knight and damsel live happily ever after in love. Still, a decent light read.
Nedra
I won a copy of this book on the goodreads giveaway. It had some interesting characters , I love the small town and gossip was funny. Over all plot was full of zoning and construction talk that it made me yawn.
Jamie
Really liked these quirky characters, now to find out if there are more books! The ending definitely sounds like there could be!
Pat Morris
First time reading this author. Great characters...looking forward to a sequel.
Bonnie Kerr
Too cozy for me and I did not find it humorous.
Linda Benedict
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Educated at Harvard, Yale, and UCLA, Jim Stinson has taught film production at Art Center College of Design, media history and criticism at California State University, Los Angeles, and video production at La Caada High School. Hes written for academia, published four mystery novels, made feature and instructional films, and spent twelve years as a columnist and contributing editor at Videomaker m ...more
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