A Cosmic Kind of Love

Berkley. Oct. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780593438619. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Young’s (Much Ado About You) latest is an emotional contemporary romance. The digital files that event planner Hallie Goodman receives from her new bride-to-be’s inspiration portfolio include not only mood boards but also some very personal messages from the bride’s ex, Captain Christopher Ortiz, a Mexican American astronaut, recorded during his months aboard the International Space Station. Hallie wasn’t planning on watching the videos and reading NASA’s golden boy’s transmissions, but when her return email bounces back, she begins to pen her own diary-like letters, thinking she is sending them into the void. When NASA IT actually forwards Hallie’s messages to Chris, he begins to fall for the pink-haired woman via her confessions of family strife, work woes, and hope for the future. Both Hallie and Chris fall in love with the idealized person captured in their transmissions, but when they meet they must mesh their out-of-space expectations with their messy realities back on Earth.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who appreciate exploring complicated family dynamics and a search for identity along with a romance arc.
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