Today it’s the BlogTour The Worth of a Penny by Jess B. Moore. It’s contemporary romance fiction. It says it on the cover, it’s a sweet romance, however it is also a story with a strong voice. About the Author
Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.
About the book
Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.
Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?
Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.
Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.
Despite the fact that this is a sweet romance which develops over period of time as Penny and Dom become friends and build upon their relationship, the author also inserts really important topics into the story. She gives the reader the sweet, the cute and the first blush of young love with hard-hitting issues like abuse, controlling behaviour, malicious rumours and abortion.
Sounds like a whole load of heavy, right? Far from it, because Moore doesn’t let the more serious topics drown out the budding relationship between Dom and Penny. What she does do successfully is shine a light on how sharp tongues, factless opinions spread like wildfire and have the ability to destroy and manipulate lives.
The most interesting element in this story is the way the concept of abortion is bandied about like the taboo it still is. The stigma that comes with it when a young woman is connected to the act itself. The way a young man uses the word to destroy or sully her reputation.
The real question here is why having an abortion should be viewed as such an atrocious act that the woman is perceived as a sinner, harlot, murderer or a person not worthy of association. That my friends is the real issue and the reality of the 21st century, despite our shouting from the rooftops how evolved we are as species – this is concrete proof that many minds have never left the dark ages.
It’s contemporary romance fiction. It says it on the cover, it’s a sweet romance, however it is also a story with a strong voice. A voice advocating for women’s rights and yet at the same time acknowledging the other side of the argument. The reader gets the romance between the shy and insecure Penny and the considerate and caring Dom with a subtle layer of current political and interpersonal conflicts.
Buy The Worth of a Penny (Fox River Romance #3) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Crooked Cat Books pub date 29 Mar. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.