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Not Your Average Beach Read
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 30, 2019
This book begins at the end in the aftermath of a storm on Block Island where an unknown (to the reader) person has died. Anthony comes to the island a seemingly broken, sad, newly impoverished man, to get away from his past. He soon meets Lu, his neighbor, and mother of two with a mostly absent husband, and Joy, who is the owner of Joy Bombs, a bakery specializing in mini whoopee pies. She is a single mother with an early teen, Maggie. In time an interesting story line is developed between these major characters. On the surface, this book is a romance, but it has a lot more to say. I have not been to Block Island, but now I feel as though I have; the depiction is vivid. I am something of a "foodie" and so the food blog with its descriptive meals is a plus. But the story is about much more - feminism in theory as opposed to reality, deceit, life for an inhabitant of a tourist island and the hard existence that poses, the meaning of motherhood and what is expected of women, self-sufficiency, redemption. There is a tension that develops between people but also the tension, for the reader, of who did die in the storm. I was thoroughly charmed by this book and plan to find more to read by this author. My reading time was well spent.