We finally made it! This week’s gratitude is all centered around Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday. Gil @ Gil Reads Books brought Holiday’s romance novel to my attention, and Bill @ The Australian Legend goaded me into making it a read along to offset all the dark, depressing fiction we, as a book community, have been reading lately.
Paradise Cove was way better than I expected. Yes, the male protagonist is described as Jason Momoa’s Aquaman character, but he’s never the self-assured, possessive weirdo that we usually get in romance. In fact, he’s living one day at a time because his infant son died four years ago. The female protagonist is a doctor fleeing Toronto and heading for a small town where the only doctor retired. She’s giving it two years to save up some money out of the city and get over a toxic five-year relationship. The doctor and Aquaman look-alike decide to be friends with benefits, and we always know how that ends. That’s okay.
The banter and physical relationship comes easily, naturally, and I began to see the characters as real people. Jenny Holiday covers safe sex, vaccination, community support, trust building, grief, and partnership. All is done skillfully and in a mature way that made me think about my own life. Of course, I laughed a lot and had a giddy time, flying through the whole book in two days. When I moved on to a new book, a rather gloomy depiction of the Latinx community in short stories, I wished I were back at Moonflower Bay with Jenny Holiday’s characters. A totally please palate cleanser — and I’m going back to read the first novel, Mermaid Inn.
Let me know in the comments if you read Paradise Cove or any other romance/light and breezy novel and your thoughts on it!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I wrapped up my reviews of the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. The author says she originally wrote the trilogy as one book, but was persuaded to break it into three by an editor. Did you like The Bear and The Nightingale? Many people read it. Perhaps I’ve convinced you to finish the story in The Girl in the Tower and The Winter of the Witch?
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
A wonderful new fat-positive novel set in the context of a dating competition show, like The Bachelor, Kate Stayman-London delights readers with Bea, a blogger whose online rant against fakey dating shows that exclude real people lands her on the next season as the person to find love. Will the hunky contestants take a fat woman seriously? Review on Tuesday.
#ReadingValdemar kicks off with a new trilogy about Alberich, who once was in the cavalry of the monotheistic nation Karse, an incessant enemy of Valdemar and their tolerant ways. But a white horse with a divine spirit has other plans for this battle worn soldier. Exile’s Honor by Mercedes Lackey will be reviewed on Thursday.
Tara Lynn Masih is fairly well known for her work as editor of a flash fiction guide published by Rose Metal Press, but who is she as an author? On Thursday, I’ll share my interview with Masih in a Meet the Writer feature.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
I admit I have not read many books by Latina authors, and the couple I’ve read in 2020 disappointed me. The feeling doesn’t sit well with me, so I’m seeking more fiction by Latinas.