I truly enjoyed Annie McDonald’s debut novel Where We Are. This is a contemporary romance set in the Canadian province of Alberta. This is what I like to call a pure romance, because the main story line is about the two main characters, Cassidy (Sid) Harris and Mia Jarvis, meeting, getting to know each other and gradually falling in love. Add in the majestic Alberta background and two adorable herding dogs as sidekicks, and you have a story that is going to appeal to many.
The tale is solid and well-written. The characters are also well-developed and likable, and once they get over their initial meeting, it is easy to see the attraction the two have for each other. I liked the fact that Sid and Mia are both mature adults either close to or well into their forties. Romance isn’t just for the young-uns you know.
There are quite a few things I love about this book. I love how Canadian the story is with a Canadian author, setting and characters. I love the bits of Canadiana mentioned in the novel such as the group of seven (especially Tom Thomson) and mentions of the First Nations stories, specifically the Ojibwa legend of Andek the Crow. Those of you who live outside of Canada will not only enjoy this story, you might learn a few interesting facts about this lovely country.
Ms. McDonald mentions in her profile that she plans to write a novel set in each of the Canadian provinces and territories. I will definitely be looking for these future novels.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.