Title: Geoducks are for Lovers
Author: Daisy Prescott
Release date: May 15, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
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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. 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, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. After coming face to face with the one who got away, he decides he's waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of old friends, a few wishing rocks, the world’s largest burrowing clam, and a hot lumberjack thrown into the mix, 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.
About the Author:
Before writing full time as a freelance content creator, Daisy worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. She earned her degree in Art History and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Baker, art educator, antiques dealer, blue ribbon pie baker, fangirl, content wrangler, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of the titles she’s acquired over the years.
Daisy and her husband (aka SO) currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with their rescue dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat. Geoducks are for Lovers is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second novel set in Ghana.
I have to admit I wasn't sure what to think going into this book. I thought the cover was pleasant and pretty, but the name kind of threw me. Living in the Pacific Northwest myself I know firsthand that geoducks are disgusting. Luckily this book did NOT turn out to be weird are gross. I actually really enjoyed it. I don't read a ton of adult books, mostly young adult, but being an adult myself it was actually kind of refreshing to read a good, solid adult book. I also really loved that it took place on Whidbey Island because I live thirty minutes away and have visited the island a number of times. It's always fun to read books that take place in locations you know well. It's also the perfect setting for a great love story, being a beautiful town. I also loved that the main character, Maggie, is a food blogger. Being a blogger myself I felt a strong connection to her. This book was full of personal connections for me.
The book tells the story of Maggie who lost both of her parents and was recently divorced. She takes up residence in a cabin on Whidbey Island where she makes a living as a food blogger. She lives a quiet, somewhat secluded life there with her dog, Biscuit. Her twentieth college reunion is coming up and she decides to have her close college friends come out to the cabin for a weekend before the reunion. Her friend Selah is worried about Maggie's seclusion and lack of any sort of real love life so she brings along a friend from college that Maggie hasn't seen since college, Gil. Maggie and Gil were once very close in college, but their friendship fell apart twenty years prior. The arrival of the rest of her friends and seeing them at this stage in their lives forces Maggie to re-think a lot of her own choices and her future. It ultimately turns into a love story between Maggie and Gil, but I won't tell anymore so as not to spoil it for everyone.
This story was uplifting and a great summer read. The characters are all well developed and hilarious. Gil was probably my favorite character and I love the sweet awkwardness that sometimes arose between Maggie and Gil. The writing is witty, funny, touching, and flowed really nicely. I loved the plentiful dialogue between the various characters. The dialogue is smart, funny, and real. I couldn't get enough of reading all of their conversations.
This was definitely a very quick read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys smart characters from various walks of life, sharp writing and witty dialogue, and really sweet yet real love stories. It was nice reading a book about realistic characters that aren't teenagers or in their early twenties, and who have issues that come along at that stage in life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am excited to read what Daisy Prescott writes next.
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