A Different Kind of Romance

Saturday, May 4, 2024


The Vanishing Girls (The Vanishing Girls, #1)The Vanishing Girls by Callie Browning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vanishing Girls was a refreshing change of pace, simply because it is set in the Caribbean. I hasten to say that the Barbadian experience is very different from Jamaica, and that’s part of the charm of this story for me.

Holden’s stodgy character and clumsy attempts at dealing with his attraction to Eileen made me wonder if he’d ever wake up. Eileen’s a live-wire, so there are funny moments when they clash because of their very different views on life, love, and how things should be done. Browning has a way with descriptions that provide some laugh-out-loud fun.

This was an easy read. The mystery wasn’t the pulse-pounding variety, but certainly enough for me to understand Eileen's reaction to the murders taking place in a usually safe society. The unique part of this romance/mystery is that their relationship develops in and around a funeral home, which isn’t for the faint of heart.

The romance is a slow burn (remember Holden’s character) and Browning writes a good love scene. If you like stories set in a different location from the norm, definitely pick up this book. I liked this so much, I started The Girl With The Hazel Eyes, which was Browning’s debut novel.

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