Burroughs, Brooke. The Marriage Code. Montlake, 2021. ISBN 978-1542025072 383 pp. $12.95
This was a Amazon First Reads freebie for December, and I loved it. Redheaded coder Emma is horrified that her amazing literacy program is going to relegated to an app, and someone–a dude from Indian–is coming in to take over the project. She advocates for her leadership position, resulting in both her and Rishi getting sent to India to complete the work. They both fight (she throws a donut at his head) and connect over food, and the descriptions in this book will make you ravenous for a great meal.
Lots of funny moments and great will they or won’t they tension. POV alternates between the characters.
Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet Spies Again. Yearling, 2003 (reprint). $7.99
Harriet is missing her no-nonsense nanny, Ole Golly, and delighted at her return for three months while her parents are in France, but Ole Golly is sad, and depressed and… innocent (according to a overheard conversation)? The sleuth is determined to get to the bottom of why Ole Golly’s marriage failed with the help of Sport. A mysterious new neighbor is a nice foil to Harriet.
The dated feel, old New York setting, and delightful protagonist are a wonderful reminder of enjoying these books as a ten-year-old that didn’t fit in, and my neuro-atypical nine-year-old loved them when we read them together.
Feldman, Joshua Max. Start Without Me. William Morrow, 2017. ISBN 978-0062668721 288 pp. $
I apparently read this a few years ago, and read half of it and have no recollection of it. Black sheep and recovering alcoholic runs away from family holiday and connects with another lost soul: a married flight attendant pregnant with her high school boyfriend’s child. Drama, redemption and lots of coffee ensue.