Thursday, March 6, 2014

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon: Spotlight and Review


The Book:

Title: Must Love Otters
Genre: Women's Fiction/Humor/Contemporary/Romantic Comedy 
Publisher: West 26th Street Press, NYC (a division of Writers House)

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.


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What a funny, delightful, joyous read this turned out to be. It was just what I needed to pull myself out of the winter doldrums. I loved Hollie!  She is a young woman dissatisfied with her job, her live-in clueless boyfriend, and herself.  Changing her situation is not easy, but when her dad gives her an early birthday present by treating her to a few days at a remote resort in Canada, she jumps at the opportunity to escape the pressure and boredom of her existence.

The story captured my fancy, kept me entertained, and often laughing out loud at Hollie’s unintentional mishaps and scrapes.  I was enamored by the Canadian setting; the lovely, pristine wildness of the area.  Hollie is earnest in her desire to remake herself into a more self-reliant, self-assured person but her journey is fraught with setbacks and painful lessons.  Romance enters the picture also, but the action takes place behind closed doors.  Hollie is a sweet, compassionate young woman who I could easily relate to. I adored taking this journey of discovery with her.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

About the Author:

Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes romantic comedies and silly stories for hearts that haven't given up on the possibility of a Happily Ever After. 

Twitter: @eliza_gordon

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