About the Book
Author: Marji Laine
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Fiction
Release Date: January 16, 2017
True, Annalee’s crime amounted to very little, but not in terms of community service hours. Her probation officer encouraged her with a promise of an easy job in an air conditioned downtown environment. She didn’t expect her role to be little better than a janitor at an after-school day care in the worst area of town. Through laughter and a few tears, Annalee finds out that some lessons are learned the hard way, and some seep into the soul unnoticed.
Carlton Whelen hides behind the nickname of CJ so people won’t treat him like the wealthy son of the Whelen Foundation director. Working at the foundations after-school program delights him and annoys his business-oriented father. When a gorgeous prima donna is assigned to his team, he not only cringes at her mistakes, but also has to avoid the attraction that builds from the first time he sees her.
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My Opinion (Review)
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure I was going to sympathize with Annalee Chambers when I started this book. A wealthy family, a questionable hand in an accident, and a lawyer ready to do what it took to get her out of trouble, there was potential to not like this character.
But Annalee proved a heroine worth the read when she uttered a single word. As she struggles to not only complete her service but to do it well, she grew on me (rather quickly). Yes, she’s sheltered, a bit naive, and doesn’t think much of her abilities, but she has a heart of gold.
The kids who come to the center each holds a special place for both Annalee and CJ. Their warmth, faith, and joy in the midst of their circumstances is something more adults could benefit from being around.
Annalee’s personal journey of discovering herself, CJ’s secret, family tensions, and plenty of mishaps—including one person’s determination to watch Annalee fail—made this a pleasurable and heartwarming read.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
About the Author
Marji Laine has completed seventeen years of homeschooling with the surreal notion that
she’ll now have time on her hands. But that’s unlikely. Her publishing company, Write Integrity Press, keeps her extremely busy. In her spare time, she teaches a high school and college Bible Study, leads a Sunday morning high school fellowship group, directs a children’s choir, and sings in her church’s adult choir.
She enjoys road trips with her family and friends, photography, scrapbooking, and participating in musical theater. Her favorite past time is game night with her family and her kids’ extended collection of friends.
Guest Post from Marji Laine
AIN’T MISBEHAVING delves into the depth of life from the perspective of a shallow, sheltered woman. Annalee Chambers has been raised to pay attention to all aspects of society, particularly the appearance of success. Being cultured and socially-educated, she’s not really prepared to work in one of the poorest sections of town. And she’s really not expecting to find such joy intertwined with such poverty.
Having my story set in my hometown has some fun aspects. I got to handpick the homes for the main characters and the locations for the after-school program. And even now when I drive past some of those places, I get all excited about the story again.
For instance, I chose a particular building downtown to be CJ’s (the hero’s) condo. It’s in One Arts Plaza. This condo was for sale when I was writing the book so I was able to download actual pictures of the place including the view from its southeast facing patio. You’ll laugh, but I don’t drive by that building without looking up to the 18th floor and half expecting to see CJ standing there.
AIN’T MISBEHAVING goes much deeper than only the setting, though. It was written a number of years ago, so many that I barely remembered the storyline. But when I started editing, I was moved to tears again and again. These characters are so real, and I would love to meet them!
I hope you’ll enjoy AIN’T MISBEHAVING and watch for Annalee and CJ to have an extra special cameo part in Book 2 of the Dallas Duets, PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ.
To celebrate her tour, Marji is giving away a grand prize of Dallas chocolates, Texas snack box, and a packet of Bluebonnet seeds!!
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Kara Vaughan Marks says
This sounds really good–I’d love to read it!
Perrianne Askew says
I love the story line. I’m sure I’d enjoynreading this one. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
Deana Dick says
I loved your review. I wasn’t sure about The Annalee myself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Marji Laine says
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing my book! I’m so glad you enjoyed getting to know CJ and Annalee!
Audrey Stewart says
I loved your review. I also thought I would just see Annalee as a spoiled brat, but I loved this book. Great job!