The hate-to-love narrative within the romance genre is a delicious one for both the writer(s) and the audience. It has the potential to set the story on fire and bring the audience along for a roller coaster of a ride.
Rachel Lynn Solomon‘s novel, The Ex Talk, was published in early 2021. Shay Goldstein has spent the last ten years climbing up the career ladder at her local NPR station in Portland, Oregon. Dominic Yun is fresh out of grad school and throwing his degree around as if it were a frisbee. Their initial relationship is as compatible as oil and water.
When the station manager announces layoffs due to a downturn in revenue, Shay comes up with an idea to save the station and everyone’s jobs. Her boss quickly gives the go-ahead. The new program is called The Ex Talk. Two people who are no longer together will give advice about life and love. Instead of choosing two real-life exes, Shay and Dominic pretend that they were once a couple. In spite of their mutual dislike, they agree to the deception.
The podcast soon becomes a hit. As Shay and Dominic go along with the story, they start to understand and fall for one another. But there is a growing suspicion that it is nothing more than an act. When the other shoe falls, where will Shay and Dominic land?
I loved this book. It is cute, charming, and gets the heart fluttering. Solomon’s writing is easy to read and quickly engrosses the reader. I found myself swept away on a tidal wave of a story that was is absolutely one of the best romance novels I’ve read in a long time.
Students of the Bible are familiar with the tale of Cain and Abel.
Cain and Abel are the sons of the first human beings, Adam and Eve. Cain kills his brother. When G-d confronts Cain, Cain asks the following: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Two incidents of violence happened yesterday, causing the unnecessary death of innocent people and the heartache that goes with innocent people being killed.
The first, happened in Oregon. Nine people were killed. The second, predictably and sadly, happened in Israel. A couple was killed in front of their children. The youngest is an infant, the oldest has barely reached double digits in age.
When will this madness stop? When we stop killing each other religion or nationality or family origin? Why waste all of that time and energy on hating someone? It takes more energy to hate and to plan destruction and murder than it does to let someone live.
Are we not our brother’s and sister’s keeper? Cain was punished for killing his brother.
The world would be a better place if we just let each other live in peace. We don’t have to agree on everything, but that does not mean that they are less of a human being because they think differently or believe differently than we do.
We are our brother’s and sister’s keeper. We were put on this earth to look out for and protect each other, not kill and destroy.
Another day ends in America. Another school shooting makes headlines. Another child walks into school in the morning and leaves in a body bag.
In Troutdale, Oregon, a teenage gunman killed one teenager and injured a teacher.
Another family that must bury their child before their time. Another family will miss out on the precious moments of life. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, career achievements, the birth of future grandchildren. None of these moments will happen for this family.
The Sandy Hook massacre was only a year and a half ago. 74 incidents of school shootings have occurred since then. And nothing has changed in this country.
I have nothing against the 2nd Amendment. But it was designed to allow American colonists to bear arms and protect themselves against the British Army. I don’t think the founding fathers imagined that over two hundred years later that the 2nd amendment would be used as a defense when children are being killed simply for going to school.
It’s another day in America. Another school shooting makes headlines.
It’s time to end the madness and protect our children.