A Day in the Life of Livvy Avery by Sara Rosett

Marriage, Monsters-in-law, and MurderDaily Journal for Mrs. Clempton’s class, 4th grade:

My name is Livvy Avery. I’m nine years old and my teacher assigned us to write in our daily journal what we did during Spring Break. I just got back from a trip to a Georgia barrier island for my aunt’s wedding. Aunt Summer is my favorite aunt and being with her is always a blast so I knew her wedding would be fun. Mom got me a pretty dress because Aunt Summer picked me to be her flower girl and my brother Nathan had to have a suit because he was the ring bearer—(even though he wasn’t sure he wanted to be a ring bearer, mom and dad said he had to).

It started out great. We took a ferry to the island and the resort where we stayed was a mansion. (I’m not just saying that it was a nice place. It really was a mansion.) My mom read all the history to us. Some rich guy bought the whole island a long time ago and built this gigantic mansion for his house, but it’s not a house anymore. It’s a hotel, but it has all this great stuff. . .a beach, horseback riding, tennis, a pool, and there is even an old plantation ruin.

Everything was going great until someone decided they wanted to ruin the wedding and started playing all sorts of pranks. Then things turned really bad. Good thing we were there—Mom and I. That’s all I can say or I’ll spoil it for you. I’m a big reader and I hate it when someone gives away the ending, so I won’t do that. So that’s how I spent my Spring Break—on an island with a huge mansion and a not-so-nice person who tried to ruin everything. . .but didn’t. 🙂

(Mrs. Blakely says you can’t use smiley faces in compositions, but this is a daily journal so I think it’s okay.) 🙂


Marriage, Monsters-in-law, and Murder is the 9th book in the Elle Avery mystery series, published by Kensington, June 2016.

Ellie Avery is a professional organizer, not a diplomat. But by agreeing to help organize a family wedding, she’s basically signed on to prevent two mothers-in-law from killing each other. It comes as a complete surprise, then, when another member of the wedding party is the one who’s actually murdered . . .

Ellie’s sister-in-law, Summer, has planned a four-day destination wedding at a posh private resort on one of Georgia’s beautiful barrier islands, but it won’t be a vacation for Ellie. Summer has asked her to assist with the last-minute details, which includes keeping the peace between the groom’s mother and stepmother.

The ladies are a handful, but the real problems are the ones Ellie and Summer haven’t anticipated–like mysterious pranks directed toward the bride. When the best man shows up with the groom’s gorgeous if unstable ex-girlfriend, she seems like an obvious suspect for the practical jokes.

But when a suspicious death occurs, Ellie realizes there’s more going on than mean-spirited pranks. Is Summer the killer’s real target? And what could possibly be driving someone to murder? Ellie vows to get to the truth so the blushing bride can walk down the aisle without fearing she’ll never reach the altar . . .

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About the author
Sara Rosett, born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is the wife of an Air Force pilot. She and her husband recently moved to Houston, Texas, with their two children and dog.

Sara is the author of the “Ellie Avery” series, about a military spouse who is constantly unpacking boxes and finding an occasional dead body. With the “On The Run” series, Sara branched out in a new direction, writing about some of her favorite international destinations with a healthy dose of mystery and a sprinkling of romance. Her latest cozy mystery series, the “Murder on Location” series, features a location scout whose life is complicated by murder and mayhem while searching the English countryside for stately homes for Jane Austen-inspired programs.

Please visit her website, www.sararosett.com, or connect with Sara on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Marriage, Monsters-in-law, and Murder. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end July 5, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

45 responses to “A Day in the Life of Livvy Avery by Sara Rosett

  1. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like an interesting read.

  2. Linda Herold

    I would love to win this book! It looks great! Thanks for the chance!!

  3. Donna Gantt

    Weddings can be stressful, but enough to kill? I’d like to read and see who the killer turns out to be. Thanks for a chance!

  4. Interesting POV. I will put this on my list.

  5. What a fun read . Sounds delightful

  6. Sounds like a fun book – thank you for the chance to win

  7. Peggy Hyndman

    Marriage, Monsters-in-law, and Murder sounds like a fun read. Thank you for this chance.

  8. Sounds intriguing! Thanks.

  9. wendynewcomb

    Oh my, as a rule I get/got along with my mother-in-law. But early in our 44 year marriage we did have our ‘times’ that were not so good!!!!

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  10. Sounds like a fun story, with a mystery. What could be better?

  11. Barbara Hackel

    Ellie is such a fun author-and this book sounds wonderful. Thanks Dru for having it as today’s feature. Thanks Ellie for the chance to win your new book. I’d love to go to the island, but would be happy reading about it! 🙂

  12. Delightful and special. Thanks.

  13. elainehroberson

    Interesting cover. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  14. Dru, you consistently bring us great authors & fascinating reads. Thanks for bringing us Sara & offering the chance for this book. I’m adding it to my TBR list on Goodreads too. Thanks, Sara & Dru!

  15. Sounds like a fun read.

  16. The title is a real interest grabber. Thanks so much for including Sara Rosett and her book on your blog. robeader53@yahoo.com

  17. Yes please Dru, I love this series. Please toss my name into the magic hat so I can have a chance to win.

  18. Celia Fowler

    I would love to read this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  19. Mary Jane H.

    This sounds like a delightful book and like fun reading. Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Thanks for having me today, Dru! Good luck to everyone! 🙂

  21. So excited to see there’s a new one out, Sara! Thanks for the opportunity to win. 🙂

  22. I love the Ellis Avery series. Looking forward to this one.

  23. Ellie Avery! I hate spell check.

  24. I’ve read all of the other books and grown very fond of Ellie. Sara always has the best titles and if I remember right it’s the reason I got the first book.

  25. Pranks at a destination wedding (or any wedding) are in such terrible taste!

  26. I am so happy to see a new book in this series. We have waited for a few years!

  27. Sounds like a fun story and the setting is a place I’d love to go for summer vacation. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  28. Sounds like a great story. This is a new to me author and I would really like to read. Definitely adding to my TBR list.

  29. Looks like a great read! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!!!

  30. Amanda Farone

    This sounds awesome. I’m definitely reading it

  31. Ah, Livvy, I think journals can have all the smileys they need! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Sounds like a great cozy read, would love to win, ty

  33. sounds like a great cozy read, would love to win, ty for the chance

  34. Love the title of this book. Thanks for having
    Such a great giveaway.

  35. Thanks Dru for introducing me to a new-to-me author! Sounds like a fun series.

  36. This sounds like a great series! I will have to check out all of the books. (I do like the smiley faces 🙂 ). Thank you for the chance to win

  37. I love the Ellie Avery series and would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win..

  38. love this author and would love to win a copy of this title. thanks for the chance!

  39. Love the title!!! Thank you.

  40. Janet Senk

    This sounds like my type of book read, so I would love to win a print book. Thanks.

  41. Ruth Nixon

    Hard to believe it’s the 9th book.It’s been an interesting journey with Ellie. I’m a Navy brat so brings back memories..

  42. It would be nice if our heroines didn’t have so much to deal with. But then. We wouldn’t have much of a story. Looking forward to what Ellie finds out.

  43. The title and description have me adding this one to my wish list. Thank you for the chance!

  44. This looks like a really fun book to read. Somehow weddings and murders go well together!!!
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  45. Both the premise and the setting sound wonderful. I’d love to win this one.