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Much Ado About You Book Review

When life throws us a curveball, we generally have two choices. The first is to curl in a ball and let the grief take over. The second is to take a chance and try something entirely new.

Samantha Young‘s novel, Much Ado About You, was published at the beggining of the year. Chicago area thirty-something Evangeline “Evie” Starling has had it. After working for the same company for a decade, the promotion she has been hoping and praying for is given to someone else. Then the guy she has been seeing stands her up. Needing a change, she replies to an advertisement for an opportunity to temporarily run a bookstore in a small town in the northern English county of Northumberland. The package also comes with an apartment above the store. Entitled Much Ado About Books ( a play on the Shakesperean play Much Ado About Nothing), this lifelong fan of the bard leaves the US for a much-needed break.

What she finds is a new career opportunity, new friends, and an attraction to  Roane Robson, a local farmer who seems equally interested in her. But Evie is not looking for romance and tries to resist, knowing that giving in will result in another broken heart. But the more she tries to ignore the feeling, the more it grows until she finally has no choice but to give in.

What I appreciated about this book was the diversity of some of the characters and the subtle nods to some of Shakespeare‘s most famous and beloved plays. But ultamitely, the narrative is nothing more than a few notches above a Hallmark Channel movie. I have nothing against these films, but they are just a little too simple and predictable for me. The problem I have is mainly with Roane. He is a little too perfect. I needed him to be just a little more human and less cut from a generic romance novel.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Thoughts On Hallmark Channel Pulling the Zola Commercial

In 2019, I would hope that love is love is love. It does not matter whom we fall in love with. What matters is that when the time comes to say “I do”, that we are ready, willing and able to make what is hopefully a lifetime commitment.

Zola is a website that is all about weddings. The Hallmark Channel is a channel that airs movies about love and romance. Therefore, it would make sense that a commercial from Zola about two women in love and making a public commitment that is marriage would fit in well with the other commercials.

The organization One Million Moms sees it differently. Through their efforts, this commercial will no longer air on the Hallmark Channel.

I get it, the members of their organization want to protect their kids. That is the job of any good parent. However, there is a difference between protecting your child and teaching them the lesson that diversity is wrong. I haven’t watched many Hallmark movies, but the thing I have noticed about these movies is the serious lack of diversity.

I can’t tell anyone else how to believe or how to raise their children. If I did, that would open a can of worms that would never close. But I believe strongly that the actions of this organization send the wrong message. We live in a world with all kinds of people. My fear is that if these children only grow up with a negative stereotype of the LGBTQ community, that they will only learn hate.

Hate is the last thing we need in our world right now.

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