Author: Darlene Panzera
Genre: Romance; Novella
Published: June 2012 – Avon Books
Synopsis: Jenny is about to lose the ranch that’s been in her family for generations. It looks like she’ll have to marry someone with money in order to save it. Most of the town is placing bets on who she’ll marry and then a stranger shows up and bets $10,000 she’ll marry him within five weeks. Who is this mysterious man? Could he be a knight in shining armor or does he have an ulterior motive?
My take: This was a fun story – a real page turner! The Bet could easily have been a full length book. I enjoyed the fast pace and how the drama, humor and light romance combined to make an entertaining story.
Given the short form it was easy to accept the brief secondary character descriptions and quick turns in the plot. I was amazed by how much Panzera packed into her story – that’s why I think it could be a full length novel. I would enjoy learning most of the characters’ back stories and it would be nice to see the story play out more slowly.
I can see why Debbie Macomber named The Bet the winner of the Readers’ Story Contest. I think fans of Macomber will enjoy it and I’ll definitely look for more books by Darlene Panzera.
Note: You can find The Bet as a bonus story included with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair (there are a few editions so look for the one with the pink sticker on the cover).
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher for the TLC Book Tour. I was not compensated for my review.
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About Darlene Panzera
A graduate of the Writer’s Digest Advanced Novel Writing School and The Christian Writer’s Guild apprentice program, Darlene is an active member of Romance Writers of America’s Greater Seattle and Peninsula Chapters. She’s attended numerous conferences and classes, served five years on the board of RWA’s Peninsula Chapter and in 2011 served as chapter president.
Darlene is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books which led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’sFamily Affair released June 2012. She received a second contract with Avon Books, a division of HarperCollins, for the full length manuscript of The Bet, and is currently working on her next novel.
She’s also published several short stories and A Look of Love was a top finalist for Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Contest.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three children. When not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, photography, horseback riding, crafts, music, and lazy days at the lake.
Find Darlene at her website, www.darlenepanzera.com. You can also connect with Darlene on Facebook and Twitter.
Darlene’s Tour Stops
Thursday, July 12th: All-Consuming Media – guest post
Wednesday, July 18th: Deco My Heart
Thursday, July 19th: Joyfully Retired
Monday, July 23rd: …the bookworm…
Tuesday, July 24th: Take Me Away
Wednesday, July 25th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, July 26th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Friday, July 27th: WV Stitcher
Monday, July 30th: Bookfan
Wednesday, August 1st: Silver & Grace
Tuesday, August 7th: Creative Madness Mama
Monday, August 13th: Book Reviews by Molly