Salty Miss Tenderloin
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (7/13)
In “Salty Miss Tenderloin” by Jacki Lyon, readers will be captured by Starlight Nox who was raised in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. The very first moment readers meet her, she is hiding in a bus stop shelter where Starlight was told to stay and not move while her mom was “entertaining men.” Both parents were addicted to drugs and didn’t care how they got the money to obtain them. Luckily Starlight is rescued by a caring policeman who will become her friend for life.
After Starlight’s father dies and her mother disappears, she is adopted by her grandparents and is whisked away to Cincinnati. Still not trusting others, Starlight learns a lot from her grandmother and a newfound friend Leo. Leo has wisdom beyond words. Starlight thrives on their love and support while at the same time still being feisty.
Author Jacki Lyon has done an excellent job on the spellbinding story in “Salty Miss Tenderloin.” Her description of the characters and places make readers feel like they are right there in the action. There were so many twists and turns in this book that this reader couldn’t stop reading it.