Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around the final book of a contemporary romance trilogy and a Spanish physical ARC about the Argentine textile industry.
“Razzle and dazzle took a certain something, and every day we haemorrhaged money, the more I lost it.”
I had high hopes for this third Martini Club story… Especially since I enjoyed the first two books and really liked Bel’s character in the previous stories as well. Imagine my surprise when I ended up having mixed thoughts instead: it took me a long long time to warm up a little to Martinis And Memories, up until the point that I even considered DNFing it before things started to improve in the second half… I still can’t put my finger on the why, but I think it has to do with the fact that I really didn’t like how Bel was portrayed in her own story, and especially with multiple people of her past walking all over her and her reaction to this. Bel went from a character I loved to someone that frustrated me greatly, and even the second half of Martinis And Memories didn’t restore my previous connection to her. I might not have been in the right mood for this story, as I expected something more fun and uplifting (more like the tone in the second half)… But the love triangle vibe didn’t really help either, and the fact that the way her own mother treated her her whole life is being talked down into something that should be easy to forgive without consequences really didn’t sit well with me. Most people do seem to love this story though, so it’s probably just me that is the problem here. And I did love the first two books, so I still think it’s a series worth checking out if you enjoy the contemporary romance genre.
“Es penoso vivir tratando de traer de nuevo a la boca el sabor de algo que pasó hace mucho. Quedarse agarrado de eso que es antiguo es como pensar que fue un error, que les tocó esa copa porque alguien se equivocó.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher through the Masa Crítica Argentina program hosted by Babelio in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
My first Spanish read of the year and a physical ARC received through the Masa Crítica Argentina program… Los Plebeyos is a short novella about the Argentine textile industry set in 2011. The story discusses a wide variety of different themes and describes the local customs and culture perfectly. The writing itself is engaging and the detailed descriptions really made the different characters come alive… I did think Manual, the Spanish visitor, becomes a bit of a cliche, but as a whole I guess he made for an interesting contrast with the Argentinians. The story has no clear ending, which was a bit of a let down for me, but as a whole Los Plebeyos still ended up being an interesting read that I read in one sitting.
If you are interested, you can find the full review in Spanish on Goodreads and Babelio.