Athena by Heather B. Moore
This volume in the Newport Ladies Book Club focuses on Athena, a single woman from a Greek family who tries desperately to get her married. Athena has never been comfortable with the idea of marriage, and is a commitment phobic, workaholic. Her casual boyfriend wants to move their relationship up to the next level and when Athena resists he accuses her of caring too much about her work. She can’t even remember the last time she read a novel, which is proof to him that she needs to reprioritize her life. Athena is stung by his comments and the end of their relationship. To prove to herself that work doesn’t have to dominate her life she goes to a used bookstore and meets Grey. Athena is immediately charmed by his kindness and ends up joining a book club advertised in the store. Athena tries to return to life as usual but discovers that she just can’t keep away from Grey, she keeps coming up with excuses to visit his shop to see him. They build a tender but fragile romance and then Athena’s mother dies unexpectedly in a car accident, leaving Athena responsible to care for her Father with Alzheimer disease. The support of Grey and her new friends from the book club carry Athena through this dark period of her life.
I really loved this book. I thought that the romance between Athena and Grey was so sweet. It was also nice to see Athena grow as a character and resolve some of the issues that held her back from wanting to start a family. It was fascinating to watch Athena discover more about her mother’s life and how she had to readjust the judgments she had made of her as a child. I found this conflict so very relatable and I sympathized with Athena as she struggled to find answers about her mother after she died. I really felt for her as she cared for her aging Father and had to figure out what she had to do to take care of him. Overall, I found this to be a very satisfying read, a sweet but thoughtful romance.Visit Heather B. Moore's blog
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