I met Lydia San Andres in person at RT 2017, where she gave me an excellent chocolate bar. I read her book, The Infamous Miss Rodriguez, immediately upon returning home and just loved it and the incredible detail and skill with which it was written. So yeah, I'm a fan.
Lydia sets her historical romances on a fictional island in the Spanish Caribbean, so reading one of her books is like throwing off the snow of winter and escaping to a lush and sexy tropical paradise. A Season for Wishes is a holiday novella in her Arroyo Blanco series, and it's so great!
It begins three weeks before Christmas 1910, when our heroine, Alba, decides to take a break from mourning the passing of her father and attend a musicale, only to realize that Marcos, a man she hasn't seen in six years, has been invited. He's returned home to Arroyo Blanco to start a textile factory, and the two of them immediately sizzle all over again. When the group decides to play a Christmas game - angelitos (basically a Secret Santa gift exchange) - for the next four weeks, Alba and Marcos are brought together over and over. Excellent gifts are exchanged as well as steamy moments, and the whole thing culminates perfectly. It's a breezy, gorgeous holiday read, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
A Season for Wishes is available on Amazon - and it's 99 cents!
Pairs well with -
Delicious tropical flavors we Midwesterners miss in the colder months. There's mention of coconut macarons, pineapple, and mandarine juice in the book - and I went off daydreaming about sunshine and the ocean. So of course I turned to coconut rum and we mixed up some Pineapple Breezes and watched Harlots. (I'm obsessed!)
Other excellent and vaguely on-theme uses for Coconut rum....
- Coconut Rum Punch
- Caribbean Romance
- Island Breeze
- Passed out at the Beach
- and this Coconut Rum Holiday Cocktail looks interesting. I might try it.
Note: "Ho Ho Ho, bring a bottle of rum..." To go with your rum cocktail, you might also want to play this song (an ode to misfit friends) from Sia's new holiday album which I'm totally obsessed with. <3