Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

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Can marriage survive when Big Sur life meets country club values? Find out in Linda Nielsen’s Because I’m Worth It. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

It isn’t very often that we encounter a book that is as insightful as it is satirical, but that is what Linda Nielsen has done with her sophomore novel, Because I’m Worth It, a story that makes us take a look at what we are willing to do for power and prominence by juxtaposing two very different lifestyles: Bohemian Big Sur and the genteel South. 

Linda Nielsen's BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT

TouchPoint Press

In this tale of secrets and lies, wealth and love, we are introduced to Skye Topple, a man who receives an offer too good to refuse. Sure, he has to marry one of the most self-centered, spoiled characters in recent fiction, but when he agrees to hitch his wagon to Southern belle Delaney Mae Anne Covington, the perks seem to outweigh the pitfalls. After all, how bad can marriage to a beautiful woman be?

Skye is soon to find out as buried secrets rise to the surface and Delaney’s over-the-top, egotistical, social-climbing mama comes onto the scene. Not only is Terri Sue Ellen a control freak and total lush, but she is also one of the most annoying, nonsensical, and absurd human beings ever to grace the pages of modern fiction. By constantly inserting herself into her daughter’s life, she incessantly makes them both look like fools, especially when compared with Skye’s own mother, a humble artist named Melissa, who wants nothing more than good things for her child. Will Delaney’s family destroy Skye’s career? And is there any way possible for this relationship to last? You’ve got to read this one to find out!

Written with tongue-in-cheek humor, a flair for vivid characterization, and a real ear for dialogue, Because I’m Worth It is a book that blends heartfelt truth with persistent hyperbole to provide an unforgettable allegory that leaves us laughing out loud and gasping for breath. In some ways, this story reminds me of my favorite episodes of Dynasty, but instead of Alexis vs. Krystle, Nielsen pits the exaggerated Terri Sue Ellen against the understated Melissa, and thereby creates such palpable tension their feud becomes an indulgent guilty pleasure readers won’t be able to resist.

Linda Nielsen

Linda Nielsen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Nielsen is the author of Lasso the Stars, which was published under the name L.L. Nielsen in 2011. A former model, she also founded California Contemporaries, a temporary employment agency in Monterey and served as a military representative with the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce before writing her first book.

As a business owner, Linda found herself mentally storing away bits and pieces of information about the people who passed through her offices over the years, and many of these folks still influence her characters today.

Now retired, Linda lives close to wine country on the top of a mountain in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, seven furry critters, and limited cell phone service. Now she finally has time to write! Find all of her books at her Author Central page, or if you’d like to drop her a line, feel free to contact her via email at authorllnielsen@yahoo.com.

BECAUSE I’M WORTH IT
By Linda Nielsen
346 pgs. TouchPoint Press. $17.69

Purchase Because I’m Worth It at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and IndieBound.

Because I’m Worth It is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

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About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

4 Responses to Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

  1. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. Pingback: Linda Nielsen, author of Because I'm Worth It, on tour May/June 2018 | TLC Book Tours

  3. Hi Jathan,
    Thanks for reviewing my book, Because I’m worth It. I sincerely appreciated your time and am delighted you commented on the humor. Terri Sue Ellen was a joy to write and, even when I sliced her back a bit, she’d poke around a page and want to be heard.
    It looks like you found a photo of a house in Big Sur that actually sits on a cliff! Wow, I’m impressed as that was the original idea for the cover but we just couldn’t find the right shot.
    Here’s wishing you a happy summer!
    Linda Nielsen

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