While on vacation I read what I thought would be the best vacation reads. The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara made me so happy!
September 2, 2021
Blurb: What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
Maya is having the worst day ever. Her mean boss has sent her on a wild goose chase to interview an author with a bad reputation and when she’s unable to fulfill the interview, her boss fires her. It’s her birthday weekend and she thinks, what the hell, why not carry through on her plan to surprise her boyfriend, David, in San Francisco? Except when Maya arrives after texting her boyfriend multiple times, she discovers he’s been cheating on her. What does she do next? That is the subject of Olivia Lara’s wonderful novel, The Meeting Point.
Fortunately for Maya, the Lyft driver who has her boyfriend’s cell (and who’s told her David’s currently in the company of a blonde when Maya is a brunette), suggests a wonderful alternative: spend the day in Carmel by the Sea. He even provides places for her to go, where to eat, what to do. As her day evolves, she kind of falls in love with this person who is texting her all of these wonderful things. Caught up in the magic of it all, she even agrees to meet him at sunrise the next morning, after a completely magical day, but he never shows. Her boyfriend does though and he convinces her that the Lyft driver was a psycho and he’d never cheat on her.
A year goes by and Maya realizes when David proposes to her that she doesn’t love him, that somehow her heart is in California with a Lyft driver whose name she doesn’t even know, except that she’s jokingly called him Max. But then her best friend tells her that a famous writer is publishing Maya and Max’ story. Her ire raises and she’s off to Carmel to find Max and face Ethan, the famous writer who has stolen her story.
Most of us readers will know what’s happening far beyond Maya, but that was okay as far as I was concerned because I was thoroughly enjoying this story in which Maya finds herself attracted to the famous writer Ethan. Despite the fact that she wants to be angry with him, Maya finds herself immersed in Ethan, and I don’t blame her because he is wonderful. He definitely knows how to orchestrate dates…and be sweet and charming!
The Meeting Point is just the book you want to read when you just want to be happy, relax, and not have to deal with angst and, well, just, whatever. The characters are all wonderful from the main characters to the secondary ones.
This is one meeting you don’t want to miss out on. I’m glad I didn’t.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 butterflies