Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson
Release date: 2013 / 320 pages
Synopsis(from Amazon): In the year since her husband died, Laura Klein’s world has shifted on its axis. It’s not just that she’s raising two children alone—fact is, Laura always did the parenting for both of them. But now her fifteen-year-old daughter, Darcy, is dating a boy with a fast car and faster hands, and thirteen-year-old Troy’s attitude has plummeted along with his voice. Just when she’s resigning herself to a life of worry and selfless support, her charismatic new tenant offers what Laura least expects: a second chance.
Review: For some reason, I keep assuming every book I agree to read is a memoir and am repeatedly surprised when it turns out to be fiction! I think this must be because I read so many memoirs… When I realized that Equilibrium was not only a novel, but a romance, I was a bit worried. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve read a romance intentionally and I had forgotten about the remarkable coincidences and need to suspend disbelief so often required with this genre.
However, once my resistance slipped away, I remembered that coincidence and make believe are also two of the loveliest comforts of romance. Even a novel filled with suicidal, bi-polar, wife-beating men (not all the same man) will somehow get around to a happy ending where smiles and goodwill abound. The heroes were very likable (and the “bad guys” predictably punished) and the pages slipped by quickly and seamlessly.
Will the genre of romance return to my TBR pile? Not likely… But reading Equilibrium was a pleasant distraction and a not unwelcome reminder of why this genre is so popular.
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