Tuesday, 7 April 2020

The Devil and Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden + #Giveaway

The Devil and Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden
Published in the USA by Chelshire Inc in September 2019.

Reporter Dayna Dalton's reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother's footsteps; never given a chance to prove she's different. Dana's been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He's happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love? *Contains Sexual Content*

The Devil And Dayna Dalton is the ninth novella in the Bulwark Anthology - a collection of stories by various authors which were inspired by Brit Lunden's original novel set in the small town of Bulwark, Georgia. These anthology stories are all standalone tales and can be read in any order. I, of course, haven't actually read Bulwark itself yet - why make my bookish life too easy? - but I understand that Dayna Dalton was one of the minor characters in that novel. We now have the chance to get to know about her life in more detail.

I loved the opening scene in The Devil and Dayna Dalton in which Dayna, having had far too much to drink the night before, awakes to find Skip in her bed - a man she would really rather have not picked up and brought home. I thought Lunden perfectly captured Dayna in this scene, explaining her without judging her for her behaviour. As the novel progresses, we learn more about Dayna's childhood and fraught relationships with both her mother and her former carer, Mrs Sweetpea, who, in a strange turn of fate, now lives right next door. Lunden chose to focus on Dayna's unrequited love for the town Sheriff, Clay Finnes, and, while I appreciated that he was important in her life, I did feel that this took up too much of the attention, especially as I wanted to learn more about her dysfunctional family dynamic and about the grouchy Mrs Sweetpea.

Overall, I thought that this story had an interesting concept. I felt it would actually have benefited from being a full novel so greater depth could have been given to explaining things like why Dayna was chosen and where exactly she is going. The mythology link is a nice touch and I did like this unexpected angle.

Meet the author:
Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

Connect with the author:
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