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Book Review – The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley

August 12, 2008

If you have been intrigued by the graphic novels that have become so popular with so many of today’s youth but have yet to venture into this reading realm then The Shiniest Jewel A Family Love Story by Marian Henley is a pretty simple way to start.

The Shiniest Jewel A Family Love Story. 2008. Springboard Pr.

The Shiniest Jewel A Family Love Story. 2008. Springboard Pr.

Due to be published by Springboard Press in September, 2008, my advance copy was a quick light read one night this week. Author Henley, previously known for her comic strip Maxine*, shares her personal love story of still living the single life at age 49 and wanting desperately to adopt a child. As with any love story there is heartbreak as well and as with any baby boomer story there is the anguish of aging parents to share.

Billed as a Coming-of-Middle-Age Story, it works for what it is… a short and sweet happily-ever-after memoir told in comic book style.

Hatchette Book Group USA is one of my most favorite publishers for taking chances on new authors so I am interested in seeing Springboard delve a bit deeper into the middle-age psyche and give us a little more depth in their future graphic novels.

*not to be confused with Hallmark’s Maxine by John Wagner

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