The Holiday Trap

Sourcebooks Casablanca. Sept. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781728256276. pap. $15.99. LGBT ROMANCE
Greta Russakoff loves her family, but she’s tired of them interfering in her life. She’s also tired of being the only lesbian on their tiny island in Maine. She needs some space, even if it means celebrating Hanukkah alone. Down in New Orleans, Truman Belvedere has just uncovered his boyfriend’s lies and is devastated. The last thing he feels like doing is celebrating Christmas. What he needs is a change of scene. Greta and Truman’s mutual friend, Ramona, has a brilliant idea: Greta and Truman should trade houses for a month. When both say yes, neither realizes what a monumental impact it will make on their futures. This steamy, LGBTQIA+ romance features dual story lines and points of view. Characters’ hobbies that reflect contemporary culture (bullet journaling, beekeeping, plant collecting, etc.) ground the novel in its time period and give the characters depth.
VERDICT Readers will be captivated by the atmospheric settings, the witty dialogue, and the well-developed, adorably quirky characters in this stand-alone novel from queer Jewish novelist Parrish (The Lights on Knockbridge Lane).
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