Copenhagen Cozenage by Kristen Joy Wilks
Published by White Rose Publishing/Pelican Group Publishing September 25, 2015
Genre: Romance, Christian
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Morgan Ravn arrives in Denmark seeking clues about her mysterious heritage. What she finds is a flirtatious stranger who regales her with a story about a jewel thief from 1958 and then abandons her with a large unruly dog. Can Morgan locate the irresponsible pet owner before his monstrous canine drags her through every puddle in Copenhagen and sheds all over her last dress? And why are strangers dogging her every step, snapping photos? Is the shutter happy behavior a bizarre Danish custom or something more sinister?
Kristen Joy Wilks’ first published work is a really wonderful read that will have readers putting it down only to rest their ab muscles and dry their streaming eyes from laughing so much at this hilarious romp through Denmark’s capital city.
FUN, FUN, FUN!! This was one of the fastest books I’ve ever read, not because it was a shorter story(which it was), but because it was such a fun and fast-paced story. And what a clever title Ms. Wilks chose, making a vocabulary lover like me take fast note. Ms. Wilks drew me it on page one and I felt like I was in Denmark on this crazy adventure right along with her main character Morgan. I love stories that have a character searching out history or their family they never knew and this one had just enough family mystery to be intriguing without being overwhelmingly complicated. And Ms. Wilks kept the mystery going all the way to the last chapter, revealing enough to keep me figuring but still wondering. However, it is rare that I laugh all the way through a mystery book and I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit as the pages turned. Morgan’s troubles were literally everyone’s ‘worst fear’ days all rolled into one. From being left with an oversized Newfoundland dog that sheds massive amounts of fur constantly, to ruining all but one of her outfits she packed for her weeks stay as she chased the dog through the famous sites and parks of Copenhagen, to nearly drowning multiple times, poor Morgan cannot catch a break. And to make matters worse for her, everyone seems to be bent on photographing or videoing her series of unfortunate events. When she finally figures out the reason behind all the photography – for her favorite comic artist to be provided with a subject for his latest drawings – she is mad enough to spit! Well, at least spit the dog hair out of her mouth. And discovering further that the family member who she was to meet for lunch only wants to steal the key her grandmother left her, leaves Morgan feeling heart-sore and more than a little angry. But her faith will give her the courage she needs to get out of this latest kerfuffle and she just might find true love hiding in the most unlikely place – with August, the man who abandoned the dog with her. Ms. Wilks wrote a well-developed and really wonderful story. I truly enjoyed reading the entirety of the story and was pleased to see her character employed her faith through all her troubles. It was really great to see Morgan not only discover the family history she longed for but also find love with August, even if he was part of the reason for her mis-adventures. And Ms. Wilks’ epilogue gave the story a complete and very satisfying conclusion that included a couple passages that inspire laughter once again. Ms. Wilks has shown she has a genuine skill in storytelling and I am looking forward to her next works. I heard the next book from Ms. Wilks will be coming out later this year and I have already pre-ordered a copy. I will most certainly recommend this book to my friends and family and hope to enjoy Ms. Wilks new book soon.
I received this E-Book free of charge from White Rose Publishing/Pelican Group Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.