Breathless by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short, sweet and sexy – we loved this book. Lara is a movie star whose career has crashed and burnt. She is in the throes o...

The Weight of Living by M.A. Hinkle


This is probably the first book we’ve read with a trans lead and are utterly bowled by the gentleness, delicacy and love with which she’s been written.

Trisha Ivy is a Chicago-based photographer who has come to Cherrywood Grove for the summer. Amongst Trisha’s different assignments she is often called on as a wedding photographer. While taking a break during one aggressively heteronormative wedding, Trisha runs into Gabi Gonzalez, the caterer at the wedding. Trisha is smitten on first sight and a casual conversation does nothing to cool her off despite knowing that butch-looking and butch-dressing Gabi is straight. Cherrywood Grove being a small town and summers being the season for weddings means that Trisha and Gabi are often working in the same place at the same time and their acquaintanceship grows. Slowly their acquaintanceship spills out of shared weddings into a more personal space and starts turning into a more real relationship.

We were absolutely taken by the style of writing. The book is written in a non-linear episodic fashion with each chapter constituting a complete episode by itself. And yet it all weaves in beautifully together. (We so loved the chapter headings which are mostly just plain fun.) It took us a couple of chapters initially to get into the groove but then it was wonderful reading. Another unusual technique adopted by Hinkle was character introductions. The characters just make an appearance without any real context initially but their relationships are unearthed as the book progresses.

Trisha is beautifully written with care and sensitivity. The many emotions of Gabi and her complexes and complexities are explored and revealed with deliberate slowness. All the characters are fully developed and extremely engaging. In fact, Gabi’s sister Rosa and niece Sarah are totally adorable. The romance is slow burn and develops so organically with such real-ness that there can be no doubt about the HEA.   

This one was a great read.


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