This was a sweet story about starting over. Jacey Grayson is escaping an abusive relationship and its fallout when she ends up in Utah hiding on a farm at the end of a dirt lane in Mona. But in order to stay hidden, she has to lie her socks off about who she is. "Uncle Grant" and "Aunt Helen" are really kind, and the guilt of lying to them eats at Jacey--but not more than the fear. When John, her ex-husband, locates her, he shows up and nabs their son, Blaze, while Jacey is out buying feed for the animals (what passes for a date in Utah!) with Grant and Helen's handsome son, Kale. And then the truth all comes out, Blaze has to be rescued, and before it's all over, so does Jacey. John may have a gun, but Kale has a bigger one (Ha! I loved that part!).
I really liked how familiar all the people seemed in this story. The characterizations were very real and down-to-earth. I liked that Jacey had this great example of family, something she'd never had in her life, when she stayed on the farm. I also liked that she felt acceptance and curiousity when she went to the Mormon church, yet the book was not at all preachy. The action was not too suspenseful, and the plot moved along well. Mandi has a way of picking you up and dropping you right into her setting. When you read The Alias, you feel like you're in Mona, Utah among its people and scenery.
Next week, Six Mixed will be a stop on the tour for Slack's new release, Tide Ever Rising, in which she exhibits the same skill and delightful prose. I was dying to read Tide Ever Rising, and I'm so excited to give a review.
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