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Posted May 1, 2011
If you like food, art, romance or any combination of the three than you will thoroughly enjoy Maya's Vacation! The characters are likable and the plot moves at the perfect pace. There are cute analogies and moments the author describes that are laugh out loud funny. The story starts out with Maya taking a brief escape from her current day to day life -- and that is exactly what this story offers the reader: A sweet escape from the everyday. If you'd like a short read that will give you a break from your own reality, then look no further than Maya's Vacation.
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Posted August 23, 2012
Great things come in small packages! Love the author's descriptions of
the locale, vibrant conversation, and the well constructed characters.
Who would think you could get such multidimensional characters from a
novella? The descriptions of food and wine made me drool. This is a book
I wouldn't mind seeing recreations of the recipes as chapter footnotes.
Posted March 6, 2012
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Definitely worth the buck or so for this little novella. Go ahead and judge the book by the cover. The two characters are both painters, and so is Rebecca Farrell. I'm not putting a “favorite quote” because I want you to discover the beautiful imagery in this book for yourself. I'm not usually big on descriptions or scenery, and this story doesn't overdo it, but what is there is superbly written. Calibre tagged this novella as “Christian” when I added it. It's not, but it's perfectly clean with just the right amount of chemistry.
The story is mostly from Maya's point of view, and has an excellent supporting cast. You just know Chuck is a slimy user trying to wiggle his way back into Maya's life, and he wouldn't be good for her at all. Dean hasn't been pining for thirty years, and brings his own hurts to the woods. I wish we'd had some more from Dean's point of view. I like that nothing is perfect and smooth and clear-cut. There's regret and sadness, but it's not the focus of the story and that's fresh. It's nice to know romance is still alive at fifty, and there's always room for second chances.
Posted January 15, 2012
I read this book as Rebecca was a friend of mine in high school. Reading this story was not what I expected. I noticed a ton of local language inflections from where we went to school together. I found this novel to be great and just what I needed to read at this moment in time. I could taste the food she described as well as see the sights like I was watching a movie or short television program. The love story was secondary to Maya finding what she needed in life and ultimately making the decision that was right for her! I would love to read more from Rebecca, not because she was a school friend but because she is an awesome writer with a flare for life and passion for what she does.