G. Bianco, 2019
I have too many thoughts about the amazingness that is Hello Stranger by Katherine Center (which is out today!), so let’s just go straight to the review, okay?
It’s all starting to come together for struggling artist Sadie Montgomery. She was just named a finalist in the national portrait competition of her dreams. But when she winds up with a rare, but real, condition where human faces look like jumbled puzzle pieces . . . it is, to say the least, not good. With only a few weeks to paint the best portrait of her entire life, Sadie will do anything to reverse her condition and get back to work, but it’s anyone’s guess when (or even if) that'll happen. Enter her dog’s charming veterinarian (who may or may not be Sadie’s daydream fiancé), and her bowling-jacket-wearing, Vespa-riding neighbor (who she can’t seem to stay away from)―both vying for her attention and adding to the chaos. It’s a lot, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Because the truth is, seeing the world differently has its upsides. And love has an undeniable way of giving us courage. And the best way of looking is always, always with the heart.
Did I binge read this book in one day? Yes. Did I cry multiple times while reading it? Yes. Will I be recommending it to everyone I talk to this summer? Absolutely yes!
Listen, this is like the sixth Katherine Center Book I’ve read over the years, so I pretty much know the drill when it comes to her books. That being said, every single one of her books finds a way to just hit me right in the feels and get me too wrapped up in the story that I can’t focus on anything else but finishing the book to see what’s going to happen next.
This novel isn’t just another cutesy romance; it’s a story about hope, dealing with a massive life-altering change, finding your sense of self, and asking for help when you need it.
Honestly, this book went from a good 4 star book to a fantastic 5 star book within just a few chapters! I loved the character development and the way the story flowed, but the emotion that Center just infuses into the story really packs a punch and bumps this novel up to five stars.
Basically, all hail Katherine Center, the Queen of Clean Romance/Women’s Fiction! We are not worthy of your amazing writing (but please continue to bless us with it)!
*I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
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