Monday, July 9, 2012

"Caribbean Crossroads:" an affordable vacation!

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven—a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for LDSLiving online. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is also the author of Motherhood Matters, Faithful, Fit & Fabulousand Life is Too Short for One Hair Color, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. 

"Caribbean Crossroads" review:
I’ll admit it… I don’t usually read romance novels because they’re so predictable, but Connie Sokol offers up some fresh, exotic courses in her book, “Caribbean Crossroads.”
Emotionally smacked down by a cruel dating game, Megan lets her best friend talk her into taking refuge in a summer job as a back up Broadway show dancer on a Caribbean Cruise ship. Predictably, she meets a tall, handsome man (named Bryant) who can dance and sing and has nice muscles even through a T-shirt. But after her previous heart-shattering experience, she doesn’t want any of Bry. At least she doesn’t think she does, especially when she meets the rival love interest who is proportioned like a Barbie doll, but wait…she’s not catty and rude. She’s a nice person. Truly. (I enjoyed that stereotype snap!)
I will admit I rolled my eyes when “Barbie” arranged to fall into Bryant’s arms just as Megan came on the scene, but to her credit, Megan recognized the charade for what it was. How refreshing. Thank you, Connie Sokol.
Once Megan admits that Bryant is sincere and worth her time, she must deal with some internal struggles (which I won’t give away) that had me thinking she was just dragging things out - until she resolved them. Then it all made sense!
The exotic setting is fun, and the down-to-earth ending offered a true emotional release. So if you want to enjoy a vicarious cruise with some romance thrown in, (think “Love Boat,” which is actually mentioned in the story!) then “Caribbean Crossroads” is a good read, summer or winter or any time in between.

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