Book Review: Pleasant Day by Vera Jane Cook

Vera Jane CookPublisher: Moonshine Cove Press  (February 1, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ Southern Fiction/ Murder Mystery
Publication Date: February 19, 2015


About the Book

With murder in common friendship is inevitable:

As fifteen year old Pleasant Day struggles with her mother’s distance, her father’s infidelity and the death of her best friend, she draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with the secrets to heal her. But Clarissa has struggles of her own as she faces betrayal and seeks to come to terms with old wounds. With her unpredictable but psychic ability to ‘read people’ Clarissa uncovers the answers to a deadly crime and to Pleasant’s true identity. In the end, both Pleasant and Clarissa’s worlds are transformed by the truths they’re forced to accept.



My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Pleasant Day is a murder mystery with a lot of drama and many twists. I would think I had things figured out and then some new piece of information would come up that changed everything. I like being kept guessing!

A lot of this book is written from Pleasant Day’s point of view. It was difficult to read at first but I got used to it after a couple of chapters. Once you get used to it, the way it is written makes the story more realistic.

The characters are complex and they all have their secrets. Living in a small town, though, they should have known that their secrets would come out sooner or later. I think poor Pleasant is the only one without secrets and, at one point, she feels that she can’t trust a single person in her life.

The characters’ relationships are also complex. From Pleasant’s almost non-relationship with her mother to having her father on a pedestal (and, of course, when you put someone on a pedestal, when they fall, they fall hard) to her parents’ relationship, and that’s just Pleasant’s immediate family.

Once I got into this book, I really enjoyed it with all of its drama and twists. I definitely recommend Pleasant Day.



About the Author

Vera Jane Cook

Winner: Eric Hoffer Award for publishing
excellence and the Indie Excellence Award for
notable new fiction!
5 Star Clarion ForeWord Review!

Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women’s Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.

Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan.

An only child, Jane turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Calib Carr, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Her favorite novels are too long to list but include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights, Look at Me, Dogs of Babel, The Bluest Eye, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Body Surfing, Lolita, The Brothers Karamazov, She’s Come Undone, Tale of Two Cities, etc., etc., etc.,

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Pleasant Day by Vera Jane Cook

  1. teddyrose1 April 8, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Thanks for taking part in the tour. I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘Pleasant Day’!


    • sleepygirl2 April 8, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      I did! Thank you for inviting me to participate.


  2. Suko May 5, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this southern fiction. I am also on the tour, and just posted a different sort of review of it. The dialogue was one of the strongest features for me.


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