Where We Are by Annie McDonald

A romantic and leisurely stroll with two women on their path to happiness beyond grief.

What was the book about?
To work out her grief, Mia Jarvis keeps on the move as an itinerant herding dog trainer. Her first encounter with her temporary neighbour isn’t exactly pleasant. Sid Harris, an art gallery curator, is back on her father’s ranch to give him a hand after he got injured. Not one to open up easily in normal circumstances, she’s confronted to problems on all sides: someone is stealing her father’s cattle and she has to put out a metaphorical fire at work. Hence the grumpiness. Mia, however, touched something in her, and Sid can’t stay away from her.

Featured Tropes
Family; Cowgirls; Art; Bereavement; Enemies to lovers (in about half a second)

Book Strengths
The writing. I didn’t notice it most of the time then suddenly a couple of sentences would catch my attention just by being lovely.

I also loved that the story is set in Canada and the way the author described the scenery.

Book Weaknesses
This book’s weaknesses are classic debut novel flaws, when the author tries to cram too many things in just one book. There aren’t any loose ends but some of the events clearly only existed to maintain some kind of tension, which wasn’t necessary and messes with the pace. The chain of events is confusing too: why is Mia suddenly interested in the springs?

Character Chemistry
I’ll blame it on lust but I felt the characters went too quickly from annoyed at each other to fascinated. Once it’s on, however, the chemistry between them is more than plausible.

Heat Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap up
While this book didn’t transport me as much as I had hoped, I’m looking forward the author’s next novels. There’s real promise in the way she writes.

Star Rating


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