For fans of Alexandria Bellefleur and Casey McQuiston comes a charming, hilarious, and heartwarming LGBTQIA+ romcom about two separate couples finding love over the holidays from acclaimed author Roan Parrish!
FROM A COZY NEW ENGLAND HAVEN TO THE HEART OF NEW ORLEANS COMES ONE HOLIDAY THAT’LL CHANGE THEIR LIVES
Greta Russakoff loves her tight-knit family and tiny Maine hometown, but they can’t seem to understand what it’s like to be a lesbian living in such a small world. When an act of familial meddling goes way too far, she realizes just how desperately she needs space to figure out who she is.
Truman Belvedere’s heart is crushed when he learns that his boyfriend has a secret life including a husband and daughter. Reeling, all he wants is a place to lick his wounds far, far away from Louisiana.
Enter a mutual friend with a life-altering idea: swap homes for the holidays. For one perfect month, Greta and Truman will have a chance to experience a whole new world…and maybe fall in love with the partner of their dreams. But all holidays must come to an end, and eventually these two transplants will have to decide whether the love (and found family) they each discovered so far from home is worth fighting for.
Parrish (The Lights on Knockbridge Lane) unabashedly embraces rom-com tropes in this charming if slightly overcrowded queer holiday romance. On tiny Owl Island, Maine, out lesbian Greta Russakoff falls out with her meddling Jewish family after they sign her up for a charity dating auction to be bid on by men. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Truman Belvedere is heartbroken to discover that his boyfriend of a year has a secret husband. Both need a getaway, but Truman can't travel with his Great Dane and Greta worries about her carnivorous plant collection. So, at the urging of a mutual friend, they swap houses for the holidays to recuperate. Greta adores New Orleans, finding a vibrant queer community and falling headfirst for grad student Carys. Meanwhile, Truman tentatively builds a slow-burning relationship with local florist Ash. As both Truman and Greta confront their pasts, they plan for unexpected futures. The lovable characters are sure to win fans, but myriad subplots, including tangents about Truman investigating the connection between Owl Island and his favorite author and Carys's housemates starting a business, make the story feel bloated. Still, the believable stakes and strong sense of place in both settings keep the romance grounded throughout. This is a fluffy wintertime treat. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.