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.
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Fiction
My Rating: 4 and a half stars.
Recommendation: Fifteen and up; I was okay with this book as it does not too much romance for me.
My favorite character/s: Annalee Chambers is trying to do the right thing, but is just getting rebuked for it. She is determined not to fail at what she has been told to do by a person who at first hates her. She is kind, nervous, and humble. I liked her a whole lot, but even more so at the end of the book. She comes to care for the kids she has to work with, as well as the man she thinks is a handyman. She is kind of a magnet for trouble, even if it’s unintentional.
My Verse for Annalee is Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. King James Version (KJV).
Warning Minor Violence, a man tries to attack Annalee, but CJ stops them. A girl’s arm is broken by her mom’s boyfriend, but it is not shown.
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.
Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 27
Mary Hake, January 28
A Baker’s Perspective, February 1
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 6
Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, February 9
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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I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review and the thoughts are my own.