Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review: Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

Title: Tourist Attraction

AuthorSarah Morgenthaler

Year Published: 2020

Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA (AK)

FTC Disclosure: I paid for this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): The PHe had a strict "no tourists" policy...until she broke all of his rules.When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way...

Two weeks in Alaska isn't just the top item on Zoey Caldwell's bucket list. It's the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she's smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham's world, she may just find there's more to the grumpy local than meets the eye...and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.

This story of Alaska marries together all the things you didn't realize you needed: a whirlwind vacation, a friendly moose, a grumpy diner owner, a quirky tourist, plenty of restaurant humor, and a happy ending that'll take you away from it all.
 
Review: This book is the perfect antidote to our current world. It's fun, it's entertaining, it's fairly predictable, and it's a romance. Pure escapism and I needed that.

At first I thought this book wasn't going to work for me, I could see where it was going long term and didn't know if I wanted to be on the journey. And all of a sudden I found myself absorbed in the trials and tribulations of Zoey and Graham, so much so that I stayed up well past my usual bedtime to finish the novel. Always a good sign.

Zoey's life is fine. Just fine. But not exciting. I loved her wonder at being in Alaska and could see the scenery as it was described. I am not an outdoorsy person, but this book made me want to get away to Alaska or somewhere similar to be away from life for a bit and sit in wonder of nature.

Did I like the way Graham kept "saving" Zoey? Not really, but it's pretty par for the course in romances so I went with it. Zoey is actually a character who stands up for herself when she needs to so that was a good counter-balance. There is some added classism stuff that comes up in the story, which is handled well as well as gentrification issues.

If you're looking for a light read that will pull you in, I recommend this one.

Challenges for which this counts: 
This counts for the Popsugar challenge because it has a pun in the title (Tourist--Zoey-- Attraction--the place and the relationship)
 

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