Synopsis: Lucy Burns has formed an unknown contract with who we're to assume is Satan. Lucy has been granted every wish of her heart, including saving someone's life, giving her unending beauty and sex appeal, etc. With these wishes, however, come great responsibility, and to this responsibility we find the central conflict of the novel. Lucy finds that she has had to give up too much. Can she live a life like this?
According to an interview with the author, Elizabeth Leiknes, she commented on this central conflict of the novel. When asked if she could associate herself with her character, she stated:
To this central question about love, we find Lucy Burns.
Review: As mentioned in my opening, The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns is a great, one-sitting read. You can tuck this little book in your bag, fall into the story quite easily, and read it rather quickly because it is short and engaging. I thought the idea of a woman getting every wish granted, in exchange for a rather troubling life without love to be a no brainer--I would never give up free choice for wish fulfillment! However, there is a pretty heavy conflict that has put Lucy into this position in the first place. With that conflict in place, I'll admit that I wondered how I would feel, and what I would do.
My only complaint to the story was that I actually felt it was too short. Here is my reason. In setting up the story, I found myself lost as to what was really going on until about page 50. Remember, this is a pretty short novel. Some readers enjoy not having every detail of the back story spelled out for them, and in that case, this is not one of those novels that you feel you know everything that's going to happen; the development and outcome of the story remain surprising. I simply felt, early on, that I would have loved to have more explanation for what motivated Lucy, and what she did for her work.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, and think that it's a short, fun read. Once I really caught on to what had happened in the story, and what the conflict was behind it all, I couldn't put the book down. Oh, and yes, it did make for a great beach read!
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