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Waves of Love by Lori Ann Mitchell
Can love overcome an age difference of more than 10 years? At thirty-two, Sage Drake has the world by the tail. She owns her own bookstore, in sunny Florida, and loves her work so much she lives in the apartment above the store. Then one day a young surfer strolls in, cadging free coffee and donuts from her little café. His name is Derek Chambers, and he’s no regular surfer: he’s an author of a series of surfing travelogues, eager to do a book-signing or two at Sage’s store. She goes him one better by offering to host a series of writing workshops, with Derek as the star. In return, Derek offers to teach Sage – who’s never learned – how to surf. Will the two find love in the waves?
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Everyone seems to think that age gaps in relationships are taboo. To me, they aren’t, at all. I just do not get it. Before my mother divorced, she was married to someone that was ten years older than her. It was not weird. In addition, I am not into the fact that Sage seems to think that thirty-two is old. Or rather, the author thinks that thirty-two is old. Either way, it is not. When it comes to Sage and Derek’s relationship, she is always second-guessing whether he really cares about her or whether she is just a fling. With the way that Derek is described, though, you know he is a good guy. Sure, he has had his fair share of partying, but it does not seem to matter to him anymore.
There are some editing errors, but they are not major. The beginning for me seemed a bit rushed and then it calmed down and flowed much better. Fortunately, the plot is decent, which makes the book a quick read. It is short in general, but you can breeze throughout it – and I did. I laid in bed and read the book in a very short amount of time. I would call it more of a Novella, as it has said to have only 94 pages, according to Amazon.
Do not get me wrong at all; I really enjoyed Waves of Love. I do like the characters, the plot, the way the book flows, and the fact that the book is shorter. It was a good read for in the middle of the winter and major storms – it definitely warmed me up. I was able to think, for a little bit of time, that I was on a warm beach somewhere nice, without snow.
One of the things that is bothering me about Waves of Love is the cover of it. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I cannot help to do so. If it does not look good or the cover is boring, I bypass it. The cover itself is not bad and it is a book that I would be drawn to read, however I do not think Sage matches up with her description in the book. I think Derek matches up pretty well – he looks like your typical surfer.
Overall, I was happy with Waves of Love. I would definitely recommend the book. Now, I am wanting to know what happens to Derek and Sage and looking into buying the next book in the series. I am hoping their love will continue!