Out of the Blue
Author: Lisa Maliga
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Romance from the Past (But not historical)
Release date: September 12th, 2012
Number of pages: 259
Courtesy of: Author
Sylvia Gardner is a naïve cashier who lives with her mother in Richport, Illinois. Upset with being dumped by her first boyfriend; she later falls in love with an English actor after watching him on a TV show. For two years she researches Alexander Thorpe’s life and career, saving her money to travel to his Cotswolds village, intent on meeting him. Staying in the village’s only hotel, she gets room and board in exchange for working at the Windrush Arms Hotel. Complications ensue when the drunken proprietor, Harry Livingstone, takes a fancy to Sylvia. As in her fantasies, Sylvia and Alexander get together—but with unexpected results.
I really like the whole star crossed lovers element in books so needless to say I was looking forward to diving into this book. Of course right when I start reading it, life had to say, no you have a couple other things that will keep you from it. Lol. I finally got back to the book a few days later. I do have to say that it is a little slow starting off, as is with any book seeing that you have to introduce characters and backgrounds. I also wasn’t a huge fan of all the skipping around that went on with the scenes. I found that a few times I was slightly confused but caught on very quickly.
There were times in the book though where I was laughing out loud to myself. Like as an example, the book starts out in the late 1960’s/70’s so there are some elements of the character getting high, Sylvia was high as a kite and she was dancing around her room to music. I could just picture her high as a kite flailing around with all the gracefulness of a fish out of water. Lol. Of course there were times when I was shaking my head at her also because of how naïve she was. Her innocence and flip flopping made me want to shake her at times. But thankfully by the end of the book, I felt like she was my child and I watched her grow into the wonderful confident women who could do anything she put her mind to.
I thought Sylvia could have deserved someone better than Alexander though. I just felt like he fell a little flat on the emotions until the end. You can tell he had the potential of being a wonderful lover but he kind of held his emotions at bay (Other than the emotions from his other head.). At least towards the end, you can really tell how he would have been a great person with Sylvia. I am just happy it all worked out in the end.
As a word of warning, if you aren’t comfortable with any drug elements (it’s nothing heavy at all), then I would say maybe this isn’t the book for you. I don’t’ really mind. Hell, if anything, it gives me a glimpse into that whole little world that I don’t know about. (I was a sheltered girl growing up. Lol.) But all in all I say give the book a chance. Who doesn’t love reading about two people who wouldn’t have gotten together in normal elements find a way to get together in the end.
I’m glad I gave this book a chance. My only wish was that it didn’t skip around so much.
If you are looking for a hot and steamy story, this is not it. It has a moment but it is what I call a look away scene. This is more story than steam. 🙂