Happy Friday, Readers! This week has been another round of (sort of organized) chaos for me. I appreciate the reality of staying busy, and thankfully I still feel like I’m actually accomplishing things! This week has also reminded me to stay thankful that I have a full time job with benefits, including sick leave. The sudden weather change here is no joke, and yesterday it left me with a migraine and next to no equilibrium. I can’t fail to see the blessing of being busy or the twin blessing of being able to step away from the busyness when I need a day to spend sleeping and pretending the rest of the world doesn’t exist. By the evening I felt much better, and my family watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Growing up, one of the local TV stations used to always play the Peanuts classics on the Thursday before the holiday they correspond with, so it seemed the perfect time.
I’m linking up with Hoarding Books today for First Line Friday. First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!
I picked up one of the books I’m currently reading, Borrowing Amor, on a bit of a whim. I read a novella by this author (Borrowing Time) a few months ago when it was offered for free as an incentive to signing up for the author’s newsletter, and it was such a sweet story! At this point I’m not entirely sure when I got Borrowing Amor, but I started reading it last week while eating lunch, and it didn’t take long to become invested! Borrowing Amor is also a sweet story, although a bit heavy on the insta-love for my usual taste. Overall, I love the message it’s sending about being inclusive and doing whatever you can to help anyone who is disadvantaged. Here’s the first line(s):
“Katie stared at the two black trash bags sitting in front of her apartment door. Her heart sank. Not again.”
About the Book
Title: Borrowing Amor
Author: Kat Bellemore
Genre: Romance (clean), Contemporary, Holiday (Christmas)
Publication Date: Originally published October 26, 2018 under the title Borrowing Christmas
Synopsis: Love is a nuisance when all you want is to disappear.
Two weeks before Christmas, Katie is kicked out of her apartment. Again. Rather than wander the streets and continue to work for a dirty cop, she decides to leave the city and disappear for good. But her car breaks down in a New Mexico town, and everything is threatened when she falls for the charming mayor.
Sam Freedman is the first bachelor mayor of Amor. After convincing the locals that having a mayor without family responsibilities means he can dedicate all his time to the community, townspeople watch his every move. Then Katie Andersen shows up. Against Sam’s better judgement, he hires her to replace his event coordinator. Now he can barely think straight, let alone run a town.
In the midst of half-truths and outright lies, Katie and Sam desperately search for the place where honesty and trust lead to love. Can they find it before the past catches up with them?
I actually didn’t know when I started Borrowing Amor that it is set around Christmas, so I was pleasantly surprised to realize it will fulfill this month’s Christmas reading challenge! At about 75% through, I am enjoying this surprisingly lighthearted romance, supported by a strong message about not judging people before you get to know them and always helping when you are able.
Don’t forget to hop over to Hoarding Books and see what others are reading and sharing today!
Until the next chapter,