Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
The reader’s note of Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Weather Girl really says a lot about this warm & cozy & also emotionally sharp read:
“More than anything, I wanted this book to highlight a neurodiverse heroine who happens to be on medication & in therapy falling in love & thriving.”
Meteorologist Ari Abrams is working under the famous meteorologist she admired growing up, a dazzling powerhouse who spends her non-air time fighting with the ex who also works at their station & in general creating a toxic work environment w/ their arguments.
One night after a particularly bad fight between the exes, Ari & a coworker, Russell Barringer, decide to parent trap them—they seem to have lingering feelings for each other underneath the volatility & Ari and Russell also want to improve inter-office dynamics & opportunities at the station.
Thus a strategic partnership between Ari & Russell is born.
Weather Girl has lots of things that had me squeeing: a heroine—Ari—who relies on “surface level politeness” as a coping mechanism & also has Depression, fears of which drive some of—but not all—her actions in the book. Um relatable much?
A self-described fat hero—Russell—who’s a single dad & a real sweetie whose care & concern for Ari (& you can tell for everyone) shines through like a soft beacon.
The manipulation of characters in this one is a little unsettling for me—even if two bosses might still have romantic feelings for each other I’m not sure it’s a good idea to parent trap them after one throws an award & breaks a window out of anger at the ex at an office party?
But this stunning romance really is full of care & hope & understanding & I love the idea that people will read this & realize/remember what Solomon writes in her note. People living with mental illnesses & challenges can fall in love and be loved & found desirable & valued for who they are; that’s certainly what this woman living with anxiety (me 😆) has found in my own life.
4.5 ⭐️. Release date: 01/11.
Give me that HEA, please.
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