Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.
Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.
Sorry. Batman died. What was I supposed to do, tell his Catwoman to call Robin for help?
Hollie is a tiresome woman, who works as a 911 dispatcher with some, er, eclectic coworkers, to say the least. She comes home to paramedic boyfriend Keith, who hogs all of the DVR space for his medical shows, brags about his daily activities, thinks he’s a doctor with God-given talent never seen before, and has these horrible, disgusting dogs he treats better than Hollie.
I was the kind of kid at the zoo and aquarium with her head squeezed between the bars or face pressed against the glass trying to get the babies to understand that I love them, that I want to be their friend…
Hollie has a person who dies on her, and she gets a review memo. Her boss is a stuffy, pushy woman. Hollie hates it when people die on her, but she loves it when things turn out OK and callers tell her stories, like life-long loves Mona and Herb. She can’t stand the sight of blood. Her dad keeps pushing her to go further into the medical field. She has a crazy ex-mother and self-made millionaire non-sister who annoys the crud out of her.
All women are like that. We look at each other with the harshest eyes.
One day, Hollie snaps. She takes the resort vacation her dad has graciously gifted her with – with the idea of Keith purposing in mind. Hollie goes on the trip as a last-ditch effort to jump-starting her life back, to reclaim her person. Little does she know the adventures she will have, the incredible people she will meet, and the ex-NHL hockey hunk who will keep saving her from her misadventures…until he’s the one who needs saving, and Hollie must get over her fears and put her dispatch skills into use.
That’s what I want to do. Retire and become a pirate.
Hollie’s love for the otter, a symbol that represents her estranged mother, runs deep. She has otter figurines, otter PJs, otter documentaries, but she’s never seen an otter…until her little excursion into the wild with Concierge Ryan. It’s an experience she won’t forget, and it will give you warm fuzzies. 🙂 A great read, with plenty of laughs.
About the Author
Eliza Gordon is a forgetful girl who relies on Post-It notes and cellphone alarms to get her through the day. An avid eater of cookies, she can be found with her hand in the jar when not in her cubicle. A purveyor of fictions, Eliza is confident that the life she lives is merely the imaginings of someone else’s hand, poured from a dull pencil on cafe napkins, and that she is simply an understudy, waiting for her turn to take the stage. She has excellent taste in books, shoes, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.