Title: The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska, #1)
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published On: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: digital copy
Synopsis: When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…
Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the man than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.
I started The Tourist Attraction prepared to be disappointed. I knew the synopsis sounded cute, but I’d recently read The Simple Wild and Wild at Heart and I was afraid I’d be comparing it to two books that had completely swept me off my feet. But try as I might, I couldn’t fight the grin that overtook my face within the first few pages. And I kept finding myself smiling and laughing out loud as I read the rest of this adorable book.
What I liked: Graham and Zoey are adorkable together. Their banter and chemistry is on point. I loved that Zoey was adventurous despite being quieter than her more confidant friend, Lana. Sometimes when our leading lady is the nerdy, quiet type, the author also makes her shy and timid. Not Zoey!
I loved the setting. I think I’m developing an Alaskan fixation with all the books I’ve been reading lately. Morgenthaler does a beautiful job of setting the scene and giving the reader memorable (and romantic) experiences.
I also loved the plot point of the town vs. the tourists. I love to travel, but I’m always thinking about how the locals must feel about strangers constantly rotating through the place they live and love. While tourism is sometimes necessary to keep money coming in, it often also means destroying some of what there is to love about a place. It’s definitely a rock and hard place, and the author succeeds at showing a bit of both sides.
But what I love most about this book is the humor and heart. I laughed, smiled, and got misty-eyed, and that’s the kind of escapism needed right now.
While I love this book and highly recommend it, a few things did bother me. I wanted more of Zoey’s backstory. I kept waiting for it, thinking we’re going to find out why Alaska has always been her dream destination, but we never get it. I also found myself confused by some of the dialogue–backtracking and rereading–but overall these small things weren’t enough to kill my happy reading experience.
The Tourist Attraction is so much fun, and I can’t wait to read the next installment.
Thank you to the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, for providing me with an advance copy.
Rating: (4 / 5)
About the Author
Geologist and lifelong science nerd, SARAH MORGENTHALER is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance set in far-off places, Sarah can be found traveling with her husband, hiking national parks, and enjoying her own happily ever after. Sarah is a two-time Golden Heart Finalist and winner of the NOLA STARS Suzannah award.
Check out Sarah’s website here!
A Song For A Book
On Bookstagram I created a hashtag for when I include a song that reminds me of the book I’m sharing, #ASongForABook, I thought I’d make it a regular feature on my reviews, too. This time I’ve chosen “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. This fun, poppy song is perfect for Graham and Zoey. I especially love the lyrics:
We are not perfect we’ll learn from our mistakes
And as long as it takes I will prove my love to you
I am not scared of the elements I am underprepared,
But I am willing
And even better
I get to be the other half of you
Have you read The Tourist Attraction? Or is it on your tbr? Let me know in the comments!