Summer just isn't summer until I have the latest novel by Katherine Center in my hands. I can always count on this author to bring a smile to my face, make my heart beat a little bit faster, and take me on an emotional journey. Every novel that I read by her just seems to hit the mark for me. Hello Stranger was just what I was looking for. I was torn between wanting to binge-read it and wanting to take my time to savor every word.
As always, her characters just shine. From the main characters to the secondary characters, each one adds something special to the story. I adored Sadie. She tried really hard to look as though she had her life together, but she was struggling. From family issues to money problems to the health concerns of her beloved dog, Sadie’s life was anything but ideal. To make matters worse, a health crisis made her suffer from face blindness. I will admit that I had never heard of face blindness before, but I can imagine that it must be a scary feeling to not be able to see and recognize faces. It was especially frightening for Sadie because she depended on her sight to paint portraits of people, it was her livelihood, and it was jeopardizing her chances at winning a big portrait competition that could really jumpstart a lucrative career for her.
Throughout all of the issues that she was facing, she was also interested in two very different men. I do love a good love triangle, and this one was extremely well done. I couldn’t have asked for any better, really. There was great chemistry, a slow burn, plenty of witty banter, and a ton of emotion.
I’m not a reader who enjoys shedding tears while she reads, but they were running down my face faster than I could wipe them away. I just felt so much while I was reading this novel. Oh, but don’t worry, this is such a well-rounded novel, you will feel a gamut of emotions with every turn of the page. I guarantee it!
Hello Stranger was such a wonderful read. If I’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that Katherine Center is one of my all-time favorite authors. I can’t recommend her enough. This book will definitely be gracing my list of favorite books of 2023!