An Age-Gap Romance With Lots of Growth
4 out of 5 stars
First, it’s worth noting that the age gap between Eileen and Naomi was a well-thought-out aspect of Life in Bits. It added an interesting dynamic and created some challenges (both expected and unexpected). At times, it felt like it was played up too much.
Despite this, both Eileen and Naomi were likable characters in their own ways. Eileen was strong and determined, working hard to overcome her stroke’s physical and emotional challenges. Given her family dynamic, it seems like it was just as difficult for her to talk about the stroke. Seeing her progress and learn to be herself (and love who she is, even recovering from the stroke) was heartwarming. Naomi was also sympathetic, and her feelings for Eileen were clear. It was easy to root for their relationship and hope that they could overcome the challenges they faced.
While the age-gap jokes were often funny, they sometimes felt a bit overdone. However, this didn’t distract from the overall enjoyment of the book.
This next section is specifically for those who never know what they’re getting into – but I will say how Eileen dealt with her mom and how she was spoken to hit home hard for me. I just wanted to give a quick narcissistic mom trigger warning because there are some scenes where I had to get out of my own head after reading it. There was a funny, probably throw-away line later in the book that is exactly how I felt about my situation. Long story short – Bliss and Markinson nail the mom and how Eileen reacts/acts toward her.
Finally, Stephanie Murphy did a great job as the narrator, bringing the characters to life with her performance. She added depth and emotion to the story, and her voice was pleasant to listen to. Overall, she did a pretty good job of bringing the romance to life.
Overall, this was a charming and heartwarming romance that was well-written and enjoyable. This book is worth checking out if you’re a fan of age-gap romances. I’ve read stories from both Harper Bliss and T.B. Markinson and loved them. So, Life in Bits was the panic “oh no, I need a cute Christmas novel,” I finished just after Christmas.
Can a Christmas romance mend a life that’s broken to pieces?
Eileen Makenna is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has traveled the world for more than two decades, chasing the next big story. She returns home for the holidays shattered by a life-altering event and facing the terrifying prospect she’ll never be able to work again.
When Eileen meets Naomi Weaver, a small-town girl who dedicates her free time to helping those in need, Eileen is entranced by Naomi’s zest for life. Can Eileen overcome her inner demons and troubled family relationships to let Naomi in?
Best-selling lesbian romance authors Harper Bliss and T.B. Markinson have teamed up to bring this touching age-gap love story to life. Grab your copy of the holiday romance that’s the talk of the season.by Harper Bliss
Narrator: Stephanie Murphy
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Published by Self Published on December 8th 2020
Genres: Age Gap, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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Also by this author: More Than Words, Next In Line For Love, Two Hearts Alone, At Your Most Beautiful
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