August 6, 2021
Genre/Categories: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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Annabelle is looking for a fresh start after breaking up with her boyfriend and moves from Boston to Arizona to work as a creative director in a graphic design company that her best friend owns. She rents a guest house on a beautiful property from a quirky, rule-centered, and reclusive landlord, Nick. Annabelle has some surprises in store when she meets Nick and also faces challenges on the new job with a hostile, undermining, and jealous co-worker. Will this move to Arizona work out for her?
Writing: I always enjoy snappy and witty writing and this author doesn’t disappoint. Written in chronological order from two perspectives, Wait For It is entertaining and page-turning with likable main characters. I especially enjoyed the notes that Annabelle and Nick (the landlord) write back and forth at the beginning of the book. To me, the title isn’t particularly meaningful and is pulled from one conversation Annabelle and Nick have while watching fireworks.
Characters: I love when opposites attract and Annabelle and Nick are certainly opposites: while Annabelle is impulsive, positive, creative, artistic, sassy, and bold, Nick is controlling, dour, fearful, mysterious, and rule-centered. I enjoyed their banter and initial letter-writing communication attempts. One frustration is that half the book elapses before they meet face to face.
Themes: Even though this story can be categorized as romance and light, women’s fiction, the author includes several thoughtful themes including workplace harassment, second chances, starting over, panic attacks, inner growth, stroke recovery, traumatic childhood, mental health, estranged family, alcohol addiction, and helping women who need to escape from their homes.
Content Consideration: some steamy open-door romance, stroke recovery
Recommendation: I think fans of chick-lit and light women’s fiction (with some steam) might enjoy this story. It is a quick weekend or vacation read. Wait For It contains quite a few discussable topics for book club.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Wait For It Information Here (Pub Date 8.10.2021)
Meet the Author, Jenn McKinlay
Jenn McKinlay is the award-winning, New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. Her work has been translated into multiple languages in countries all over the world. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband’s guitars.
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