maanantai 12. maaliskuuta 2018

Rachel Gibson: Just kiss me

Kirjaston palautettujen kirjojen hyllystä löytyy joskus merkillistä tavaraa, mistä esimerkkinä Rachel Gibsonin viihderomaani Just kiss me (London Corgi Books, 2016; ISBN 978-0-55217-054-3).

Romaanin tapahtumat on sijoitettu jotakuinkin nykyaikaan, mutta juonen elementit ja kuvaus yläluokkaisten ihmisten elämästä tuntuu viittaavan pikemminkin menneille vuosisadoille. Omaperäisyyttä romaanissa ei enemmälti ole, mutta epäilemättä lukijoita tämmöiselle todellisuuspakoiselle hömpälle riittää yllin kyllin.

"Hello, Ms. Vivian ... it's been a long time." And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It's been years since she last saw Harrison Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her. Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. She got what she wanted and more but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?

Harrison got out too ... making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools. Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he's come face-to-face with the one who got away. He's not looking for love. He's not even looking for sex ... so why is resisting her the hardest thing he's ever done?

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