The Tourist Attraction
The Tourist Attraction, the debut from promising new contemporary romance author Sarah Morgenthaler, takes place in a tiny town in Alaska where the tourist/local divide is a chasm. The story is between Graham – the local who loathes tourists – and Zoey – the tourist who falls for Alaska’s charm (and Graham’s). It’s charming and witty and I finished the book eager for the next installment.
The plot is a slice-of-life. We meet Graham first, whose POV informs us that he loves his town and loathes the tourists who have started taking over. This loathing mostly seems to do with their entitled wealth and how they treat his home like their personal playground. He intentionally treats them horribly when they come to his diner, but his TripAdvisor reviews simply say that it’s part of his charm. It’s through his eyes that we meet Zoey, who is a tourist, but not the kind he hates.
Zoey has been scrimping and saving for years for this dream vacation and cannot wait to soak in all that Alaska has to offer – but she was not prepared for Graham. They clash at first, but it’s not proper enemies-to-lovers. More like wary-but-attracted-to-sexy-times.
The main conflict really isn’t between Zoey and Graham – they kind of amble along a very lovely and normal path for couples with perceived expiration dates – but between Graham and his idea of Moose Springs. It’s the resolution of that plot that I can’t wait for in Mistletoe & Mr. Right, which comes out later this year.