"Love at first sight wasn't meant for millennials," thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy--tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn't an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don't-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he's excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue--from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn't a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.
A strong dose of modern thought layered with old-fashioned values make Modern Love a contemporary story not to be missed.
In another strong outing, Beau North impressed me once again with iconic setting, compelling characters, and a richly developed plot. Modern Love is extended novella-length, but I never once felt it was rushed or under-developed. Not only is it not rushed, it is also much more than a romance- or maybe I should say, it’s about much more than one kind of love. Its a story of life chances and choices, the value of family, finding self, and eventually finding the people who are home.
Alice and Will split the narration of the story with Alice getting the great part. It was divided with her given the larger portion because this is very much her story. Her art and connection to David Bowie were great extras and it was fun discovering that she might have been wrong about Will when they discover just how many commonalities they do share. This pair are infamous for their ‘I am an island’ issues, snap judgments, and grrrr, lack of communication. But, they also had sparkling witty dialogue and some sizzling hot chemistry.
There is a bit of mystery around Alice’s mom being gone that comes out in a great twist. She also has personal battles with an unhealthy past relationship which won’t stay in the past and a narcotics needing which will always be with her.
Will is bi-racial and felt the push-pull of ‘I am both/You are neither’ his extended family caused along with his own unresolved past ‘relationships’. Will was less known to me, I confess. Now maybe it was his strong and silent persona, which, that would make perfect sense because he was surrounded by a titanium steel wall when it came to his thoughts and emotions and must break it down himself and let others in before he loses them.
Though this story is about Millennials, a Baby Boomer like me had no trouble connecting. I was keenly aware that I dwell on the other side of the gap, yet the author bridged that gap with timeless elements that ring true for all of us while inviting all readers to laugh with, mutter at, and cheer on her characters to finding their way through it all. Highly recommend readers give it a go.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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