A friend and fellow writer, Margaret Lesh, has just published a wonderful book: Finding a Man for Sylvia. In the past I have reviewed books when I was approached; in this case, I approached her and told her that I would review her book and recommend it because I loved it so much. Five-star read recommendation! It's available on Kindle, but I think that there's a Kindle cloud option, which means that you can download it for any device, even a laptop. (Check this out, though, I may be wrong.)
I absolutely love the world that Margaret Lesh has created in Finding a Man for Sylvia. I wish I could dive into the book (and I did—I couldn’t put it down) and have the heroine, Julia Hawthorne-Florez, pour a margarita or two for me and then find a match for me! I’d move to LA in a minute. Julia is truly a heroic character, in the way that women see other women as heroines for their depth of character, perception, and fun.
This book is a charm. The writing is wonderful, the characters, from the clueless Ted to the powerhouse Lisa, are just the right amount of over-the-top to be entertaining and believable. But it’s not just about the characters, there are real insights to be garnered from Julia, who shines as the woman you want to be friends with. While she might ask, “Why do some people have such a hard time finding love?” as she tries to understand why the people she loves can’t find love, and why she is compelled to fix that by matchmaking, she also has great confidence to follow her heart. She has great insight into herself; as she thinks of her husband, the lovely Javier (I’m hoping that there’s a real Javier I can meet), “In that moment, I felt grateful for everything, but perhaps most of all, I felt gratitude that he’d saved me from a life of searching, disappointment, and loneliness. I’m an acquired taste, I know this, not a person easy to live with, let alone put up with for any appreciable amount of time.”
Finding a Man for Sylvia is the essence of a good read: interesting characters, plot that keeps moving and focuses on providing valuable insights into people, and on top of it all—lots of good food!