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- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 5, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082LLT4H1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Fresh, fun and romantic." - SARAH MORGAN, USA Today bestselling author of A Wedding in December
"A sparkling debut with a fantastic cast of characters. The Tourist Attraction will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy." - STEFANIE LONDON, USA Today bestselling author of the Bad Bachelor series
"After reading Sarah Morgenthaler's charming debut, I wanted to hop a plane to Alaska and find my own grumpy cinnamon roll hero!" - MELONIE JOHNSON, award-winning author of Smitten by the Brit
"Morganthaler's debut is an utterly delightful romance with humor, small-town high jinks, and protagonists who share great chemistry." - Library Journal
"This sweet, funny tale is sure to win Morgenthaler many fans.
" - Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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This was a new author for me.
Overall I really enjoyed the story. It was a very sweet, slow burn romance. There were a few things that I didn’t quite get but not a bad story.
Zoey is on her bucket list trip. She’s saved for years, and with the help of her best friend, she’s finally able to discover and explore Alaska. But jet lag and a very potent cocktail, has her first night in the quaint little town of Moose Springs not going as planned.
Graham hates his job, hates tourists, and he hates being so popular they can’t seem to stay away from his diner. No matter how rude he is they just keep coming. He does however, love his hometown, and the people he grew up with. He also loves Jake and Ulysses. His dog and his buddy the love sick moose. But one very tired, quirky, sassy tourist is about to turn his world upside down.
I loved that both Graham and Zoey were real people, with real issues and problems. Getting by the best they can.
I loved this little town and the people living there. They were fun, loyal, willing to help at the drop of a hat, and fiercely protective of each other.
I loved the banter between Graham and Zoey. It was playful, flirty, teasing and honest.
I loved Jake the blind Border Collie. He has a better wardrobe than most humans. And Ulysses the moose. Who was so in love with the smell of fresh baked rolls he had completely wrecked the side of Graham’s truck.
What I struggled with was Graham. Sometimes he was the gruff, growly mountain man, but then Zoey would walk into the room and suddenly he became a sappy, lovesick prepubescent boy. Sometimes his words and actions just did not match the character. He could go from teasing to flat out violence in an instance. He was all over the place.
Zoey was hyper focused on doing all of the touristy things. Everything the locals hated. And each and every time, something went terribly wrong, she was disappointed but signed up and kept paying for the next one. I think eliminating a few could have helped the flow of the book. It kinda drags in the middle.
If you are looking for a sappy sweet, fun, clean romance this is a good choice.
I’ll be buying the next one to see where these characters are heading.
Tourist Attraction | Sarah Morgenthaler
Pub Date: 5/5/20
OH. MY. GOSH. This book was SO GOOD!!!! It gave me The Simple Wild vibes but in a more RomCom style book. The chemistry between Graham and Zoey was everything I want in a book couple and they were both so entertaining by themselves! I’m not a big “book boyfriend” type of person but HE IS MY BOOK BOYFRIEND. Their relationship development was perfect IMO - they started as semi enemies (from his POV), then friends and then lovers. Their banter and one liners back and forth just kept a huge smile on my face. The steam was very minimal, and I’m a steam girl and this book was phenomenal even without it!! I stayed up until 3AM finishing this book because I loved it so much! I’ll post the synopsis in the comments but ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR!!
Thank you so much @sarah, @sourcebookscasa, and @netgalley for the eARC to read and give and honest review!
“He had a strict "no tourists" policy... Until she broke all of his rules.
When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way...
Two weeks in Alaska isn't just the top item on Zoey Caldwell's bucket list. It's the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she's smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham's world, she may just find there's more to the grumpy local than meets the eye...and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.”
I was, however; disappointed by the ending. It felt rushed and played out...like wrapping up a whole bunch of stuff into a few pages that needed to be taken time with, and put together more thoughtfully. There is SOO much that could've been done with the ending of this book, and I felt cheated by it. After all, we as readers are invested in these characters.
Especially with this being a series, I would have LOVED this book to end on more of a cliffhanger, and the 2nd book be a transition and melding of Graham and Zoey's storyline, and whatever is about to happen next with Lana and Rick. I'm sure the author will have storylines tying in together in the 2nd book in some fashion, but I think it could've gone from good to great if more time and thoughtfulness had been put into a more realistic and thoughtful ending that leaves readers wanting more. SO much could've been done here, but instead, it was wrapped messily and covered with a big shiny bow, hoping to distract from the edges peaking out from under the wrapping paper.
I would've loved to have seen them both return to their normal lives, and continue the build up of events & coincidences that lead them back to each other and grow their feelings even stronger while they are apart. We could've gotten a look a Zoey's life back in Illinois, and watched her actually wrap up her life there instead of glazing over the fact she has an apartment and a car and personal belongings back home. Meanwhile, Lana's storyline could've been growing and the two could come to an intersection, weaving together.
I loved the characters, but feel like so much more could've been done with it. With that being said, I am looking forward to book 2 and seeing where the author takes the storyline and characters of Moose Springs.
p.s. I already miss Graham! He is such a fun and dynamic character...I really want to see more of him and his growth and evolution and humor. Please make another book about him and his diner. Perhaps a prequel that shows him and Zoey's separate lives before The Tourist Attraction and sets up their meeting? I love them too much, need another one, please!