I know I’ve mentioned in other reviews that I believe the cover of a book is very important. It needs to catch the reader’s attention because it is the first thing that is seen. The cover for Cause and Affection by Sheryl Wright did just that for a couple of reasons. Not only is it elegant and pleasing to the eye in color and style, it has a picture of a skyline I’m very familiar with. It caught my attention and made me want to see what the book was about.
I enjoyed this story. It is well written, though it did lag in a few spots. The complex dynamics between Kara and the different members of her family made the story very interesting. I’m not usually interested in stories about fake relationships, especially ones where one of the main characters is not aware that it is fake. That’s what happened in this novel when Kara’s siblings hire Madeleine Jessepp to create a fantasy week for Kara when she travels to Las Vegas on a business trip. Of course the fantasy becomes real for the two characters which leads to a whole host of problems for everyone.
My favorite part of the novel is actually later in the book when they are in Toronto, the home base for Kara’s family business. This is the section where they to recover from the faked beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the bits of Canadiana in this section. Tim Hortons is mentioned here, which is a very popular coffee shop you can find on almost every other street corner in most Canadian cities. Poutine is also mentioned. Poutine is a French/Canadian dish invented sometime in the 1950’s. It is basically a heart attack on a plate made from French fries mixed with fresh cheese curds and smothered in beef gravy. I know it sounds weird, but it is truly delicious even if it is artery clogging. The only thing better than poutine is Newfie fries where you take the poutine dish and mix in peas and stuffing. Now I’m hungry…
This is a lovely romance with a complex plot and great character dynamics. I am very glad I chose to read this book.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.