Review: Serious Moonlight
Title: Serious Moonlight
Author: Jenn Bennett
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: fter an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately. Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel. In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel. To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
My Review: A little bit of mystery, a healthy dose of romance and a lot of heart. This book was a really fun read with some great quirky characters who you can’t help but root for. There was a lot that I really loved about this book. It had a great positive, and realistic, message about sex, I loved that one of the main characters was Japanese American and his culture was shared a bit in the book, and I loved the relationship, and personal, development throughout the book. I also can’t help but adore the setting since I am from the same area. I thought the setting and atmosphere was really well done and perfect for Seattle. There was some talk about mental health issues and though I thought it was handled well I did think the book could have gone a little deeper into that aspect of the storyline. Overall though I really enjoyed it and I am already looking forward to Jenn Bennett’s next book!
*I received this book from Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review*