Title: Depth of Focus
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Length: 209 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Growing up, Travis hated his small town, Slat Creek, and everyone in it. His only goal was to escape for good, and at the age of twenty-one, he thought he had finally achieved it. But when his sister struggles with the death of their mother, he has to return home to care for her.
Whitman grew up believing in the healing power of books, but it wasn't until he moved to a small town in Oregon as their new librarian that he sees that belief in action. He's living his dream professionally. But personally, he's lonely and wondering if he made a big mistake, until he meets a sad teenager and takes her under his wing.
Might an observant and helpful librarian be enough to tempt Travis to stay?
This was one of those heartwarming stories that the main focus is more on learning the life lessons set out in front of the MC’s versus just the romance itself. Even to the point that it took precedence over the romantic part. It was a slow burn, like a really slow burn. I think part of that was those life lessons being taught. There was, for me, too much of the day to day interactions shown, I think some of them could have been cut out and the story not been the worse for it.
There wasn’t much angst, and if there was any drama at all, it was due to the story line centered around Travis’s younger sister. Who I actually connected with most in the story. There was just something about her that made me want to cheer for her and hope that she found her place where she could be happy.
I loved the small town that the story took place in, it felt like another character and in truth I think since it was the place that Travis had to learn to love again through Whitman. The writing was fantastic, and the creation of these characters were fully fleshed out but for some reason, which I still cannot figure out, I didn’t connect with the two MC’s. It could’ve been it was just too slow of a burn for me, but honestly, I think I’ll never actually figure this one out. I’m actually more sad that I didn’t connect because the story was really good overall.
The story and feel of the romance were authentic and real. The life the town and its people had was full and rich and so like the small town I grew up in.
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