After 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 the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel (Goodreads)
Last year I went on a Jenn Bennett binge read and tore through three of her books back to back. I was absolutely in awe of her writing and Starry Eyes became one of my favourite reads of 2018. This year she is bringing readers Serious Moonlight. Serious Moonlight follows protagonist Birdie Lindberg as she starts a new job at a mysterious Seattle Hotel.
The book started a little slow for me and I think it’s because I had a difficult time connecting with main character Birdie. I enjoyed her relationship with Mona but I felt like the progression of their relationship throughout the story didn’t have the fluidity it should have. I really loved how Bennett wrote Daniel and for me he was definitely what kept me engaged in the story. He wasn’t your stereo-typical leading man, he was quirky and different and I found that very refreshing.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away but there were some things in the story that I didn’t really understand why they were included. At times there felt like there were almost two stories that Bennett was attempting to merge into one and the timeline of events just wasn’t working for me.
Serious Moonlight missed the mark for me a little bit, I personally have trouble when I can’t connect with a character and I feel like that’s what happened here. I am a fan of Bennett’s writing, she keeps the reader engaged with out-of-the-box characters and I think that’s why I enjoyed Daniel and Mona so much throughout the story.
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