ROMANCE

Late Bloomer

St. Martin’s Griffin Apr. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781250847089. pap. $18. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
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An artist and a reclusive flower farmer learn to trust each other and start over again in Eddings’s (The Plus One) latest. Opal is an art-school dropout with a dead-end job and a string of bad friends and worse exes. When she wins the lottery, she sees the chance to start over on a flower farm in in Asheville, NC, and make a business out of her art. Through a twist of fate and a series of impulsive decisions, she finds herself cohabiting with Pepper, a prickly flower farmer struggling to make ends meet after the death of her grandmother. Despite their clashing personalities and deep insecurities, the two soon find themselves drawn to one another and will have to work together to turn their dreams into reality. This is an engaging sapphic romance about two people who have a history of being taken advantage of and must learn to trust each other. Eddings brings a light and optimistic touch to characters dealing with substance addiction, grief, and the downsides of neurodivergence.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary queer romance, meet-cutes, and rural settings.
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