The Ray Blackston File:
Reviewed by Rel Mollet
Last Mango in Texas by Ray Blackston
"...warmly entertaining, cheerful and satisfying."
Kyle Mango is endowed with an odd name, a paranoid Uncle and an aversion to his fraternity brothers at Texas Tech. Lucky for him, he is saved from one of his burdens by an intriguing environmentalist and fellow student, Gretchen.
Hoping he is just as intriguing to Gretchen, Kyle ponders a possible future together until an unexpected inheritance in oil wells clashes with Gretchen's passion to deliver Alaskan birds from an oil spill. Realizing Gretchen will no doubt spurn his newly found wealth, Kyle finds himself in a quandary of epic proportions.
Pursuing Gretchen seems the only way Kyle can sooth his lonely heart, but how can he keep his new status as an oil tycoon (albeit a slightly overstated title) from his bird loving, oil hating object of affection?
Many books claim to be funny and yet so often fail to deliver the goods. I'm delighted to say Last Mango in Texas does not fall into that category. Ray Blackston has perfected the art of comedic writing with genuinely funny dialogue, natural characters and a quirky tale, that will have you laughing and relating in spades with Kyle's predicament. Having enjoyed all of Ray's previous stories, it is great to see he hasn't lost his touch as Kyle, Gretchen, Regina and Chang epitomize the fresh and diverse characters Ray seems to create with ease. Touching on environmentalism, family ties and shady dealings, this is a story with heart. With enough insight and perspective to appeal to men and women, Last Mango in Texas is warmly entertaining, cheerful and satisfying. Ray Blackston's talent is a unique gift in the Christian publishing world and it would be a shame to miss it!
Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".