The Mandolin Lunch – Missouri Vaun

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
3.5 stars. This was an enjoyable sweet romance that pleasantly surprised me.

Garet is an author and illustrator of children’s books. She takes an assignment as a substitute art teacher in a small town outside of Atlanta. She believes relationships always end and refuses to have more than one drawer in any girlfriends dresser.

Tess is a single mother, mandolin player and music teacher at the school Garet has taken the assignment at. She hasn’t dated in a really long time, preferring to focus on her daughter June instead.

I have to say that it was June that made this book for me. Vaun used her character to perfectly bring out Garet’s personality. I loved how the relationship between Garet and June organically grew and with it the relationship between Garet and Tess too. There are a couple of scenes with June that really had me smiling and wanting to read more.

What I am now nicknaming “the inevitable angst” later in the book happens, it’s quickly resolved and doesn’t feel too uncharacteristic for either of the main characters. I also felt the ending was really appropriate for both of them.

I’d recommend this to any wlw romance fans and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more Vaun now.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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