Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tea & Read: Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida

Title: Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida
Author: Debby Mayne
Rating: Two Cups of Tea

What is more romantic than a bicycle built for two? Debby Mayne certainly capitalizes on this romantic symbol in Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida.

Amanda Burns is the owner of a bicycle shop in Treasure Island, Florida. Each year, the handsome Jerry Simpson rents a tandem, a bicycle built for two for his aging parents. Soon feelings grow between Jerry and Amanda, but as Jerry's vacation comes to an end, they both fear of losing love.

Sometimes in a book, a character captures your heart. And sometimes it's not necessarily the main character. In this book, it's Jerry's dad, Harold. He sounded like he belonged in the movie Grumpy Old Men. As a matter of fact, the whole plotline of aging parents was a refreshing dose of reality for a romance book. Having Jerry deal with the problem of aging parents was a nice twist from the normal CBA topics of conflict.

This book is about loyalty and duty as much it is about love. Both of the main characters feel a sense of obligation to take care of their family. Jerry's struggle with his parents added great balance to the love story. Mayne does a good job of balancing seriousness with hope. Not something you find often.

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