BeulahI loved Beulah the Bull, by C.C. Troy.  I read it in one sitting with a great big, silly grin plastered on my face.  I even laughed out loud from time to time.

Susan Ann Jones considers her name unremarkable and applies that description to herself as well.  When she loses the only job she’s ever known, she does some truly remarkable things, although the first one was accidental. On a whim Susan bid on and purchased a 5 acre tract of land sight unseen.  Then, in a fit of rebellion over her too neat, too tidy, too structured, too ordinary life, Susan packs herself and her seven pound purse dog off to Northern Arizona for a bit of camping.  Their first night in their tent — sort of — was hysterical, and their first morning was even better because that’s when they met their new best-friend, a two thousand pound British White Bull named Beulah.  Beulah is an unlikely angel, but he befriends Brady the dog and opens Susan’s, mind to hope and new possibilities.

C.C. Troy’s story telling is smooth and her prose is flawless.  Her storytelling voice is so authentic that somewhere around chapter three I began doubting I was reading fiction and had to double check the credits.   Fiction it is, and her first book at that.  I certainly hope she has more in the wings.  This was a great read — fast, light-hearted, and “laugh-out-loud” funny, but with a message of hope in the midst of failure, and finding joy in unlikely circumstances

I highly recommend this book.


Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com. Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com.


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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com.

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