The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes
Where has this book been hiding? This was pure reading pleasure. The dialogue and action is snarky and quick paced. I could just picture this a movie or TV show. Well, there is Reaper, but like all paranormal shows I love, it was cancelled.
Lucy is such a likable character, full of quirky details that make her seem human for doing the devil’s work. I am looking forward to more from this author.
Lucy Burns wants a normal life: friends, love, and a family of her own. And she could have it all if only she could break free from the job she hates.
That job? Facilitator to hell.
And her boss is a real devil.
At the age of eleven, to save her sister’s life, Lucy writes a desperate letter to “To Whom It May Concern”, but when He writes back, Lucy is bound for life. There are perks: sure she’s ageless, she’s beautiful, and she can eat as much chocolate as she wants and never get fat, but there are also consequences.
She can never see her family again.
She can never have a boyfriend.
She must spend her life leading sinners to their demise.
After nineteen years of doing the Devil s dirty work, Lucy wants out, but it all seems hopeless until Teddy Nightingale, her easy listening music idol, gives her the answer: a little-known loophole.
If she succeeds, Lucy gets love, happiness, and everything she ever really wanted. But the consequences? They’re considerably worse than death. To make it through, Lucy must decide what is evil and what is good, what is right and what is wrong, and if, in the end, there’s ever any way to truly know.
Smart, sassy, fun, and wickedly funny, “The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns” is a fast and stunning read perfect for any occasion. Elizabeth Leiknes’s fresh writing and comic wit will stick with you long after you’ve put the book down.
About the Author
Elizabeth Leiknes grew up in rural Iowa and can make 37 different dishes featuring corn. She attended the University of Iowa as an undergrad, and the University of Nevada, Reno for her Masters. Her most recent accomplishments include publishing an article titled “Writing Spaces: Expanding the One Story House” in “The Quarterly” and completing two other novels, “Black-Eyed Susan” and “The Understory”.
Lucy Burns was born somewhere between a third and fourth helping of Captain Crunch in Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy with her first child, but the majority of Lucy’s story was written during her maternity leave, sometime between debilitating bouts of new-mother panic attacks and squirting milk in various inappropriate locations about town.
Elizabeth has a love/hate relationship with great white sharks and a slight penchant for speaking in hyperbole, which she says she never does. She now lives and teaches English near Lake Tahoe with her husband, two young sons, and mentally ill cat.
Hardcover: 167 pages
Publisher: Bancroft Press (June 15, 2009)
OBTAINED FROM: Book Ring