It's Not my Favorite by Rue
Series: The Lake Effect Series #1
Published by Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC on May 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Women, Dating & Sex,Family, Homosexuality, LGBT, Love & Romance,Romance, Women
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"An irreverent, modern-day, romantic comedy!"
The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher’s wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, “Well, it’s not my favorite.” Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.
Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl…a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.
Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don’t know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother’s constant attempts to set her up with “nice Christian boys”; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!
Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She’s forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she’s been seeking or a grand delusion.
Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.
So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!
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♦ I don’t know if I have ever read a book that had me saying “You Betcha” after chapter 3. A pair of Minnesota sisters unlucky in family and in love are at the center of It’s Not My Favorite. With strict religious parents, Rachel and Gwenn moved over a dozen times in their youth following their pastor father’s call. Never feeling grounded led both girls to rebel as teens then drift through life and love as young women. Rachel has found love and a place with her girlfriend Annie and Gwenn has a successful business as a top personal organizer. Then Annie is caught cheating and an old family secret threatens to change Gwenn’s life. Gwenn meets Daniel and, unsure of her sudden feelings, runs as far as she can get. This was a cute tale of boy and girl meet, girl runs to New Zeeland and boy follows. Add in wack-job parents, a break-up sex crazed sister and a pair of anal retentive assistants for a good read. I enjoyed this take on the typical love story contrasting the two very different sisters. I also enjoyed that the fact that Rachel being a lesbian was not a BIG deal. It is a normal relationship and was addressed as such. I have read some books where it was the main focus and while sexuality is a part of a love story it should not be the focus. I eagerly await my read of book two in the series.
◊ Favorite lines from Chapter 53 – “If love is feeling happy and free, and just hanging out with your best friend…the yes, I said it. I love you.”
¤ Biggest cliché – “I am so confused, so I must run from my feelings.”
Δ Do you read the words in books in the accent in which they are written?