Thursday, March 05, 2009

Last Mango in Texas

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Last Mango in Texas

FaithWords (March 13, 2009)


Ray Blackston of Greenville, South Carolina, worked as a buyer and a broker for eleven years before cashing in his modest 401k and leaving his corporate cubicle to write full time. He serves on the missions committee of his church, has traveled to rural Ecuador on a summer missions program, and coaches his seven-year-old nephew, Action Jackson, in T-Ball.

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Product Details:

List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (March 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446579610
ISBN-13: 978-0446579612


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Last Mango in Texas by Ray Blackston is a light-hearted romance with an undercurrent of faith and responsibility. Kyle Mango falls in love with Gretchen his freshman year at Texas Tech after she rescues him from a fraternity house while doing the mummy dance from the Thriller video. The two bond, but Gretchen pulls away and becomes deeply involved with rescuing birds and wildlife, especially from the damage done by oil companies. In Kyle's senior year at school, he inherits four oil wells from his uncle, which makes his courtship of Gretchen more than a bit difficult. He's torn between providing for his mother, siblings, and employees and pursuing the woman he loves. Blackston has a real talent for writing laugh out loud humor and creating characters who are just quirky enough to be interesting without being completely unbelievable. He handles the controversy of the damage oil companies do to the environment vs the service they provide consumers with compassion and heart. Blackston's romance is a fun read with a real message of faith and responsibility.

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