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Romero Pools

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A poignant and exquisite story of love and its meaning and the hope that two paths will cross again.

Alyssa Hall is romance writer of note, and being rather cynical of romances, it’s safe to say that this is a novel that could move even the hardest of hearts. I, myself can’t even blame tears that trickled down my cheek while reading the last page on the dust in my living room. 

 

Romero pools tells the story of Marin who is dealing with the post-trauma of a car accident that lead to her wake up after months in a coma and finding out her boyfriend had not survived the accident. In the lush Arizona, Marin goes on her regular hikes where she can reflect. On one particular hike a fate-altering or perhaps fate-destined encounter occurs, where she meets Adam who quite literally falls at her feet. Marin supports Adam who is severly injured, back along the trail and sees that he is taken to hospital. Within the brief time they share Marin tells Adam her story, feeling that she can confide and be free with him. Unfortunately, time and circumstance don’t allow them to see where this budding relationship will lead, but like Marin, Adam feels that her story has a lot of unanswered questions and needs investigation. Why does it seem like the people in Marin’s life are hiding things from her. Adam travels back to his home country, Canada feeling moved by Marin and wishing to help her. Leading separate and distant lives, Marin works on healing and moving forward while Adam tries to find answers.

 

This whimsically romatic novel moves at a fast but plausible pace, plunging you right into Marin and Adam’s meeting. The exhibition is lovely and gives a sense of the evocative imagery and unstilted writing style that persists throughout the whole novel—  making for a smooth and relaxing read. The sweet story of paths crossing  is narrated beautifully with the constant shift between Marin’s and Adam’s perspective,  a dynamic that adds to the hope that their paths will cross again. 

 

The mystery that Adam is trying to investigate despite being the core plot, ties in unintrusively with the story’s essentially romanitic genre. The story is deeply introspective as it poses thoughts on love, it’s meaning, feelings that never die, the finding of kindred spirits and the trials and tribulations of relationships. 

 

The characters are wonderfully constructed and true to life. Both serve as parallels to each other as they work on overcoming deep roots of childhood  trauma and how this will always spring buds of doubt, fear and reluctance in the present. Adam with his  fear of having children, Marin with hurt over her mother’s treatment and how it affected her behavior.

 

This novel makes you believe in long-lasting love and and the power of destiny. It’s a must-read.

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About the author

I was born and raised in Newmarket, Ontario - a child of Russian war refugees. I moved to B.C. in 1988. I began writing only after I retired. My first novel was called Trusting Claire. Romero Pools is my third novel, and it does return to characters in Trusting Claire, although it is not a series. view profile

Published on December 15, 2021

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6000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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