Deep Romance. This is one of those romances with deep character backstories and a fair amount of action, particularly in the back/ closing sections of the book. Excellent dramas that all get resolved to make a self-contained story, but allow for some explorations elsewhere should the author decide to pursue them. If you can’t handle reading any form of stalker-based tale at all, this one probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a “clean” romance… eh, this one probably won’t work for you either. But for most everyone else, truly an excellent romance book that hits pretty well all of the expectations while doing each quite well. Very much recommended.
This review of His Brown Eyed Girl by Liz Talley was originally written on September 15, 2020.
A Warning For The Entire US Eastern And Gulf Coasts. This book is fairly comprehensive in its history of coastal development, with particular emphasis on the back bays of New Jersey but also discussing development all the way South to Florida and up along the Florida Gulf Coast all the way to Galveston Bay and Houston, with detailed discussions of Mobile and New Orleans along the way. And even discounting its heavy emphasis on global warming / global cooling / climate change / whatever the alarmists are calling it these days, the book paints a very stark picture about just how much coastal redevelopment costs people all over the country, including the landlocked midwest, due to heavy Federal subsidies in the post-WWII era. Its ultimate points are solid, yet it is also extremely realistic that the best solution to the problem is extremely politically unlikely. Very much recommended reading, and certainly a discussion that should factor into election discussions going into the 2020 Presidential race.
This review of The Geography of Risk by Gilbert M. Gaul was originally published on July 19, 2019.