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Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey


This book is the second in a series, and I wasn’t wild about the first one (It Happened One Summer), so I was nervous going into this one. In the first book, two rich, spoiled sisters arrive in a small fishing town to find out more about their biological dad, essentially, and one of the sisters falls in love with a local fisherman. This book is about the other sister.

I was really worried that this would one of those contemporary romance novels with a giant misunderstanding at the end, where the characters are not communicating, which I don’t typically love. But this book…surprised me. It was completely not that. It was just a quiet story about fighting generational toxic masculinity and watching the characters grow as people as they grapple with their choices and demons. The characters were overall likable and honest, and that made the story feel real. As I’m raising three sons, I hope that lots of parents read this book and see how toxic masculinity can affect kids at young ages and how it sticks with them. Do better, people.

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