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Dual Review: Geoducks Are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott

Geoducks Are for Lovers CoverTitle: Geoducks Are for Lovers
Author: Daisy Prescott
Publisher: Daisy Prescott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Elizabeth:

This book is another one of those that found me in a mysterious way and I had been itching to get into those pages for weeks after first finding Daisy’s blog.  Believe it or not, those darn Facebook suggestions on the side of your page can be a little goldmine and that’s exactly where I found Daisy and her cute little profile. The moment I saw her profile picture of Doris Day (who is my absolute favorite actress thanks to many summer days spent with my Nana and good ol’ Calamity Jane) I just had to click.  Weeks later, after watching her blog posts about her writing adventure and cover reveal I may have been just as excited about her book birthday as she was and I wasn’t even emotionally invested in these characters yet! I mean hello…she wrote a blog post about hot lumberjacks. #SOLD

Sorry, I digress. Let’s get back to this whole reviewing thing.

First you have Maggie. A sweet but reserved woman, living a simple life on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest and enjoying the beauty nature has provided her. She’s a food journalist (a girl after my own heart) and spends her days either writing reviews of local eateries or indulging in recipes of her own to share.  Her life isn’t broken or falling apart but it also isn’t the life she could have if she allowed fate to take it’s turn at the wheel.  She also has this ridiculously hot and incredibly sweet neighbor, John, (insert insanely delicious lumberjack into the picture) who is not only a sight to behold in all his flannel glory but he also brings freshly caught seafood to share; which I’m sure he wrestled out of the waters with his bare hands. *sigh*

On top of her current eye-candy, Maggie is also preparing for a flood of friends coming in for a weekend visit to get in one more hurrah before the big reunion scheduled in a few weeks. It’s this special weekend that memories resurface along with an unexpected guest that shakes up Maggie’s world all while reminding her that it’s never too late for love if she lets it in.  The weekend is full of laughs and stories and I felt like I was just one of the gang.  We drank wine, played a good ol’ fashioned board game, and ate way too much but it was exactly what Maggie needed to open those boarded up shutters around her heart. Question is, would she?

This book was the refreshing change I was so desperately seeking. I had been drowning in a sea of young playboy billionaires and waif-like weakling females and I was burnt out.  I wanted romance but the kind I could relate to and appreciate.  As much as I like to escape in a book, I also like to have realistic scenarios to play in and that’s exactly what I found in Geoducks Are for Lovers. These were characters who had flaws and relatively non-extravagant lifestyles who carried on entertaining but normal conversations that I felt like I could be a part of instead of just living vicariously through it.  It was just what I needed to break up the book funk I was in.

Thank you Daisy for sharing Maggie and the gang with me…now can we get some more of John? I’m dying to know what goes on in that cabin of his. 😉

Amanda:

Did you notice the dog’s name is BISCUIT?!?!?! LOL

I really enjoyed the ease of this read.  Daisy Prescott made me feel like I was part of the gang.  There wasn’t a dinner I didn’t want to attend, a walk on the beach where I wouldn’t love getting my feet sandy, or a drunken night where I wouldn’t mind the impending hangover.  This book is like hanging out with your friends.  Who wouldn’t want to hang out with people you love?

Then, there’s this love story between Maggie and Gil.  It’s sort of that I-wonder-how-life-would-have-been-if relationships.  Their relationship isn’t over the top and it feels natural.  I can’t think of a better word to call it other than sweet. Not the saccharine over the top kind, but the kind you want.  The kind you know will last.

Maggie’s sneaky friends, Selah and Quinn crack me up!  I love their comebacks and they way they tease Maggie and Gil.  They offer a bit of comic relief and good advice for the almost couple.  They remind me of my own friends so I was instantly attached to them.

I can’t stop thinking about how much I smiled while reading this book!  It seriously just made me happy the whole way through.  The character’s were relatable, the jokes were funny, and the flow was perfect.  I really can’t think of a better way to spend a day than at the beach on Whidbey Island with Maggie and the gang.

No, seriously…the dog’s name is BISCUIT!

Stay tuned for the interview!  You’ll get your chance to win some great prizes from Daisy Prescott!

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