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The Hook That Endears a Character To Readers

In today's world, we all need something to smile about - a good book to read, an engaging movie to watch, something that takes us out of our ordinary world, perhaps even falling in love. I made a list:


*having coffee with the daughter (or any other time)

*Hallmark movies

*plants that bloom in the house during the winter

*growing a bonsai tree

*Tillamook strawberry ice cream

*dreaming of going to Paris


If I were a character in one of my books, the thing that would take me out of my ordinary world would be the meet-cute that happens after a dramatic hook that endears me to readers. Later, falling for the hero is just the icing on the cake.


In the spirit of that endearment, let's talk about The Gentleman's Gambit by Evie Dunmore. The Gentleman's Gambit is the fourth book in Ms Dunmore's A League of Extraordinary Women Series and like the first three books in this series, I'm completely taken in. One of the things I love about this series is that it is set in England in the early world of women's suffrage. I don't want to give away Catriona Campbell and Elias Khoury's meet cute, but it was dramatic enough to pull me into the story about one introverted lady scholar plus one gentleman who did not come to Oxford to classify ancient artifacts. These two very different people have to face that they might just be a perfect match.



Spring is not far away and the garden is calling. In the meantime, I'm about to start Book Two in my Strawberry Ridge Romance series. And I'm hoping to read The Last List of Maybel Beaumond by Laura Pearson. As always, I'd love to get your recommendations . . .


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