Mason’s intricate knowledge of Key West, its restaurants, beaches and popular tourist sites, shines through as he not only brings the charm of the island to life by clear physical descriptions. Turtle Crawl captures the location’s aura and appeal, connecting readers to its essence and emphasizing not just the natural beauty but the beauty of traditions of island life itself.
That provides an engaging backdrop for the slowly building romance between Rose and Kurt. Rose shows Kurt the most popular restaurants, beaches and festivals and advises him on why bicycling is the perfect mode of transportation as they get to know one another and disclose heart-wrenching details behind their past relationships. In a culture where stories of finding all-encompassing love often are viewed through the lens of the rich and beautiful, Mason has created a romance between two seemingly unremarkable people, whose caring for one another creates a pleasing, fast-paced love story.
Takeaway: In Key West, a divorced waitress and a carpenter feel their way toward love.
Comparable Titles: Miki Bennett’s Run Away to the Keys, Deb Rogers’s Florida Woman.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A
Turtle Crawl will be available through Ingram Spark, in the USA and worldwide, from April 14th. Preorder now!