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Original Sin by Beth McMullen
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Jul 21, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 18 to 21, 2011

I can’t say enough good stuff about this fun, entertaining read. The cover has a bit of peep, the inside is turbo. Did I love the read, YES! Hey one other thing before we get serious, check out the link, I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing the author earlier in the week and we had a blast, click the link and listen in:
Here is the synopsis of the novel:
“On the surface, Lucy Hamilton looks just like all the other stay-at-home San Francisco moms. She takes her three-year-old son, Theo, to the beach, to the playground and to the zoo. She feeds him organic applesauce and free-range chicken. She folds laundry and plays on the floor with Matchbox cars until her knees ache. What no one knows about Lucy, not even her adoring husband, is that for nine years Lucy was Sally Sin, a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. And that's just the way she wants to keep it - a secret. But when Lucy's nemesis Ian Blackford, a notorious illegal arms dealer, hits the USAWMD's radar, the Agency calls Sally Sin back to action to lure Blackford out into the open. Racing against time, Lucy must fight to save herself, her loving family - and, oh right - the world. Hilarious and resonant, ORIGINAL SIN is the story of one woman’s quest to find that most elusive work-life balance in the face of danger, intrigue, and proper recycling habits.”

I am not a freak for flashbacks in a story but here it worked for me. I liked the foil that both sides of our heroine showed throughout the novel. The interesting tidbits that Beth McMullin threw at me during the interview allowed me to enjoy the ending much more had I not spoken to her prior to completion. The characters are fun, the action moves everything right along, and the humor is just enough to make one chuckle and smile. Have you read this yet? Are you a parent? Have you seen a little of yourself in any of the characters in Sally Sin’s neighborhood? I think unless you are so vain that you can’t admit that, and then you can. This origin story rules! My suggestion, if you haven’t read this yet, jump on it, sit by the pool, the terrace, get some sand under your feet at the beach, and just sit back, chill, chuckle and smile a whole lot. There is no sin in enjoying this original.

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