What I enjoyed? A new State! Finally, a book in a State of the Union that doesn't sport a massive Star as it's emblem, or have prairie grass, or even the ocean. The little glamorized State of New Mexico is the setting for this book, which I appreciated since my grandparents were from New Mexico and I still smell the oil fields and feel the sand beneath my feet.
The romance was palpable, and experiences an upset by the intrusion of a youngster who desperately need a mother-figure, while her uncle struggles to adapt to his new guardianship. Chris and Sarah have all sorts of obstacles to overcome. His restaurant with a menu that is so traditional to the town, God forbid anyone change it up. Sarah, with an old boyfriend she's still debating on wedding. And my favorite character, her grandmother Elizabeth.
It's a heartwarming contemporary romance. Not especially witty or snarky, but straightforward and solid. A good clean read with strong elements of faith.
What could've been different? I thought it a bit strange a twenty-something would buy Grandma a landline phone. I would've just bought mine a cell phone and forgot the whole landline thing altogether. And the cds....yep....I would've just used the app on the cell phone to stream music. But those are forgivable inconsistencies and perhaps I'm just a whack job who thinks everything in life should be housed on my three inch by five inch cellular device. ;)
What about you? Have you been to New Mexico? If yes, what did you love about it? If no, what do you think is one of its defining features from what you do know about NM?
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