Birds of California

HarperAudio. Apr. 2022. 7:49 hrs. ISBN 9780063159167. $24.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Cotugno’s (You Say It First) adult debut takes readers to the heart of Los Angeles, where former child/teen star Fiona St. James is trying to make it through her day between caring for her family and opening night as a director-producer-star of a local theater company’s newest production. She is shocked when her former costar (and crush) walks into her family’s print shop. Sam Fox is desperate for Fiona to agree to a reboot of their former show so Sam can continue to support his family financially back in his hometown. Both are reluctant to show their true feelings or let the other go beneath the surface to extract their secrets. Narrator Julia Whelan (The Measure) expertly brings this novel to life with laugh-out-loud banter and heartfelt emotions. While the story unfolds at a slower pace, her engaging narration will keep listeners hooked into the story.
VERDICT Readers of Cotugno’s young adult novels will find some similarities, and the audiobook adds a richness to the story that might otherwise be skipped.
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