A Touch of Moonlight

Harper. Oct. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063159037. pap. $17. FANTASY/ROMANCE
In Santos’s (A Taste of Sage) magical romance, Larimar Cintrón works as a brand manager for a corporate baking company. Though she loves her job and her Dominican family, Larimar hides a family secret that keeps her feeling like an outsider in life. She is what many consider to be a mythical creature from Domnican folklore, a ciguapa. On nights with a full moon, she gains long straight hair and her feet turn backward. Her family knows her secret, but it’s not something she can drop in everyday conversation with others, especially not her new acquaintance Ray. Ray is a bakery owner and loves many of the same things as Larimar. Their connection is instant. But not only is there the barrier of Larimar’s secret magical heritage, she soon learns that Ray’s bakery is across the street from the location her company has picked as their next franchised bakery. Her job will have a direct impact on Ray’s business. Larimar fears that if he learns either of her secrets, she will lose him.
VERDICT Ray and Larimar’s romance is lovely, as is the inclusion of Dominican lore, culture, and recipes.
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