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Drove All Night
Sarah Hegger, author

Out of luck, out of hope and out of diapers, Poppy Williams is so far out on a limb she’s clinging by one broken fingernail. Strong, silent-type Police Chief, Ben Crowe has seen it all, until Poppy’s minivan runs a red light and she leaps into the road begging him to arrest her. Stranded in Twin Elks, Colorado, can the town filled with warm, funny characters help Poppy find the way back to hope again, and can Ben find the faith in himself to join her there?

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The classic romance plot is elevated to a modern-day, wholly accessible real-life fairy tale with an excellent mix of romantic elements and spicy sensuality.

Prose/Style: The prose is smoothly written and flows easily from one scene into the next.

Originality: While a classic boy-meets-girl romance, this book also offers a refreshing perspective on motherhood, second chances and the meaning of community. The world is well-developed, offering the small-town experience, heart and soul.

Character Development: Character flaws and strengths are well-balanced, with exquisite care taken in development. The fact that supporting characters play such a large role in the plot ensures reader immersion.

Date Submitted: April 01, 2019

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