Rebecca Gomez Farrell is a proud Californian author and editor who presently lives in Durham, NC, where her wanderlust has been somewhat sated by all the fantastic food they have in the area. She spends her time writing about that food, local cocktails, and various wines and spirits on her blog. She also writes soap opera commentary at http://eyeonsoaps.net and is working on a fantasy novel. Her writing interests are vast and varied from creative nonfiction to modern fiction to horror to fantasy. She has published a few short stories in the past year and is very excited that Astraea Press is publishing her first longer work and her first dabbling in romance. Despite all the fantastic food in Durham, she misses her Pacific Ocean immensely, especially the sea lions' barking and the smell of salt in the air.
Maya's Vacationby Rebecca Gomez Farrell
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Twenty-year-old Maya knew, as she watched Dean walk away from her front door, distraught at her silence and her father’s threats, that she would never love anyone with the intensity that she loved him. He was her painter, her artist, her soul mate—and she was about to lose him forever. She tucked her heartbreak away, determined to enjoy the safe and secure life her parents approved of: business school and a marriage to Chuck, a successful real estate agent.
Thirty years later, Chuck has cheated on and divorced her. But when he comes back, begging for reconciliation, Maya follows her intuition and takes a vacation to think it over. Her loves of art, food, and wine combine at this retreat in the woods, and she prepares for a week of making new friends, tasting exquisite wines, and learning to paint again. What she hasn’t prepared for is the familiar voice she hears the first morning at camp . . . a voice that makes her skin tingle and brings back memories of who she used to be before Chuck. Has Maya buried her passion too deep to find love with Dean again?
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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.
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.
Reviewed By~EmmaRae Reveiw Copy Provided By~Publisher 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.
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.