Title: Geoducks Are for Lovers
Author: Daisy Prescott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 15, 2013
Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.
Gil Morrow, a former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. Facing his own ghosts, Gil decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of college sweethearts, a hot lumberjack, a few wishing rocks, and the world’s largest burrowing clam, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.
Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings.
Everything can change in a short amount of time, yet life keeps moving forward.
I really loved this quote. Such a simple and short statement with such profound meaning. I have a special place in my heart for books that give voice to the characters left behind after a loved one dies. I suppose it’s because I, like many of you, have had my own time to grieve after a loss. It’s tough.
But Maggie just doesn’t grieve, she hides. Her mother has passed on and she has made her life on Whidbey Island. She convinces herself that she is content with her life. But really, she doesn’t need much to convince herself. Maggie has local friends, she lives on a beautiful island, and she has a sexy neighbor with Paul Bunyon-esqe good looks who provides her with fresh seafood at her beck and call. What more could a woman want? Heck the fresh seafood alone would do it for me…but of course eye candy is always a plus
Only an intervention schemed up by her college friends makes Maggie face what she is really missing out on, and that is a fulfilling and happy life. They force Maggie to face a past–one that she continually forces herself to deny. Although she thought herself resolute in believing that the past is where it should stay, she knows that she will never forget the “French Incident.”
Oh what I wouldn’t give to have her friends! These secondary characters are alive with wit, emotion, and oodles of dry humor, and the glimpses into their own lives are a brilliant compliment to Maggie’s own story. More than once I wanted to shake Maggie and yell “Listen to your friends, you mule!” Stubborn, this woman is, and with a capital “S.” Although both stubborn and overly-independent, Maggie may claim ownership of her wonderful taste in friends, men, and all things food related.
The pace of the story was steady, not too slow or too fast. In fact I was quite comfortable reading at my leisure. I didn’t feel like I needed to rush to the end right away. The story was written in the present tense, and perhaps because of this, I knew that Maggie and her friends would wait for me. The author’s style of writing was a unique and pleasant change. I quickly become bored if I stay in the same genre or stick to a certain writing style, so I was really excited after reading the first several pages of Geoducks are for Lovers. I like being different, reading different, and yes, eating different. So if you ask me if I would ever eat a Geoduck, my last sentence will answer your question.
The highlights of this novel for me would be the Sex Scrabble, Quinn, Queen Elizabeth II, food, drinks, and everlasting friendships. Read the book; you just may love those parts as well.
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