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Friday, March 27, 2015

To Buy or Not to Buy: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Still working on my samples. I actually took some drastic measures. Having still far too many samples on my iPad. I started deleting some I decided I was not interested enough in. Once that was done, and I deleted over 30 samples if not more, I went to my Amazon Kindle wishlist and started deleting the titles there as well. It didn't help all that much. There are still over 600 titles on my Kindle wishlist, most of them sequels or new releases not out yet.

So the clean-up efforts continue, perhaps in vain, but they continue none the less.

Here is another sample read, Past Perfect by Leila Sales.

Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
A sweet and clever novel about the woes of (boy) history repeating itself, from the author of Mostly Good Girls.

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off-limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….

My First Impression:
Colonial Essex Village – a historical reenactment village.

It draws the history nerds and drama kids to it for summer employment, but Chelsea works there because her dad is the village silversmith.

Chelsea had planned to finally get a job at the mall for the summer, but her friend Fiona has other ideas. Fiona is a drama kid. She is looking forward to the acting experience as well as working with cute boys all summer, like Nat, the crush she is in denial over.

Chelsea had been through a recent rough break up with her boyfriend Ezra, so she doesn't really care about spending the summer working with cute boys, not that she believes there are any at Essex Village.

But the summer doesn't always turn out as planned.

I like the idea of the historical village and I think it's a good idea for a story, but to be perfectly honest?  I didn't really like what I had read about her ex-boyfriend and if he was going to be back in the picture, I just didn't care.  Maybe it's the  It does not roll off the tongue.  It sounds more like a cold that won't go away rather than music to my ears.


Not to buy


  1. I'm intrigued by the idea of a summer job at a historical village, but kinda hard to swoon over a guy named Ezra. Good call on skipping this one!

    1. Agreed. Don't know why the author thought Ezra was a good name for a romantic lead. I have enough to read anyway.