Author: Daisy Prescott
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication: May 15th 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.
Geoduck’s are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott, I honestly don’t know how unbiased this review will be as I have developed a “Girl Crush” on the author as a result of spending time with her and her author friends during Book Bash in Orlando. To say that Daisy Prescott has a vibrant, gregarious personality would be an understatement. She is just too wonderful for words. Even after I slaughtered the name of her book Geoduck’s, pronounced gooey ducks. I also happened to tell her that Geoduck’s looked like a giant disembodied alien penis. Yes geoducks looking like a penis is nothing new, but the image of a giant alien lumbering around looking for his lost penis kinda makes an impression with an author I’m sure.
Psst none of this is helpful, as I had already had a Margarita with a double shot of Grand Manier when I met Daisy. I really wish I could blame it on the alcohol, but I can handle my liquor, so no excuse there. It’s just my big mouth.
I first had heard about Geoducks from fellow bloggers Elizabeth and Amanda (The Novel Tease, and founding members of LLL). I had put it on my to be read list and I am so glad I did.
The book takes place on Whidbey Island, which is part of the Puget Sound. I assumed you read the synopsis, if not scroll back up and read it. I’ll wait. *Tapping foot* Okay, good your back. This book makes my heart go pitter pat. I love that the two characters had a past together. I loved that they were adults and could actually fall in love. Wow, who knew the over 20 crowd had it in them. Maggie and Gil had such a rich history. I kept thinking about the four years I was apart with the guy I loved and I can tell you, four years was too long. Maggie’s and Gil’s wait would have killed me. The characters are written with such heart. I wanted to go find them and make them be my friends and I want a Quinn! Yes, I am whining, get over it. I was pulled into this book and didn’t want to leave, it is the type of book where I basked in the glow; not just of the story, but how the story was told, the nuances in the story telling, the emotions of the characters. If you want to read a great adult fiction book that is so much more than romance then Geoduck’s are for Lovers is the book for you…giant alien penis’ included.
~Guest Post by Daisy Prescott~
F is for Friendships
Whether a book is YA, NA or contemporary romance with older characters like in Geoducks Are for Lovers, the heroine or hero has a supporting cast of friends to support, guide and often be there to pick up the pieces. Sidekick, wingman or bestie, no one gets through life without a close friend and confidant. Even the loners have someone in their life waiting in the wings to lend a hand or an ear. When writing Geoducks, I always pictured it as an ensemble piece in the footsteps of The Big Chill and Reality Bites. Along the way, relationships come and go, but enduring friendships hopefully last a lifetime.
In Geoducks, my heroine, Maggie, has isolated herself on an island and it isn’t until a summer weekend when her friends come to visit that she realizes how much she is missing out on in life. Good friends are the ones who will bring over the wine, tissues and The Notebook on DVD after a breakup, but also tell us honestly that we need to get over ourselves and pick up the pieces. I’m lucky and blessed to have several groups of close friends to laugh with, cry with and who will kick my ass if need be. These are true friends. The best kind of friends.
One of my favorite characters in Geoducks is Quinn. He’s the ideal best friend who loves, supports and tells it like it is with heart and humor. I know when I’m reading, it’s the supporting cast of friends and family that enrich a story and make it feel more real and true.
Who are your favorite book besties? Is there a friendship you’ve read about lately that you wish was your own? For me, the friendship between Jane and Grace in Jane’s Melody really touched my heart. What about you?
~About the Author~
Before writing full time, I worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. I earned a degree in Art History despite being convinced I would major in English and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Over the years I’ve acquired many titles: baker, art educator, antiques dealer, content manager, blue ribbon pie maker, fangirl, blogger, freelance writer, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of them.
Born and raised in San Diego, my husband and I currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat. I’m busy researching my next novel, which will not feature any bivalves.
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