Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Review: Caribbean Crossroads by Connie Sokol

As soon as I found out the main character's name in Connie Sokol's book CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS was Megan, I was all in. And when I realized that she had dark brown hair and brown eyes, I wondered, "How did Connie know?"
Of course, that's where the similarities end, but not the fun. I gobbled this book up in a few hours, enjoying every minute of it. This light summer read, with her fully realized hero and heroine made it unputdownable. And yes, I just made up that word.

Here is the blurb:

New college grad Megan McCormick just got dumped. Hard.

Swearing off men and relationships, Megan is coaxed into performing on a cruise ship where she meets the star performer, Bryant Johnson. Handsome and charismatic, he looks like trouble, but she can't deny the intense attraction between them.

Urged to find a wife and run the family lumber business, Bryant is torn between his family's expectations for his life and his own. However, when he meets spunky, but love-skittish Megan McCormick, settling down doesn't look so bad.

Just when Megan begins to trust again, and Bryant makes some big decisions regarding his future, her former fiance returns with a malicious surprise, taking Megan and Bryant to their own CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS.

Megan is a fully realized character, with real traits and honest flaws that sometimes makes you want to hug her and sometimes shake her. And Bryant is the same, though with his own set of real characteristics. I became fully invested in their lives. I never felt like they fell into a familiar romance novel trap, the "silly misunderstanding that would only take one real conversation to fix" situation. 

The secondary characters were real as well, and often surprising. Ms. Sokol never fell back and relied on stock, cardboard characters to fill her story. I felt like they all had their own stories waiting in the wings. 

All in all, a delightful read, 100 percent real (and CLEAN). I would hand this to my teenage daughter in a heartbeat, no qualms at all.

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 & Fabulous, and 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. Visit her website at

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