The book is about a Mexican-American chef, Gabby who meets her biological father for the first time on the day of her mother’s funeral. First of all, it’s amazingly written and I have to commend on how the author writes about grief and loss. As I am not Mexican I am not sure if I can give an opinion on this, but my Mexican-American friends praised on how the author writes about Mexican culture. Other than that, I really enjoyed the romance and Diego is such a great love interest. Really excited to read more from this author!
Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyed it. Recommend it.
I absolutely loved this book!
It´s an enemies to lovers, slow burn book. But it has so much more to the story than just the romace. It´´s a book about roots and finding yourself in the most mundane things. It´s a love letter for all the people that feel that don´t fit and don´t have a place to call their own. The trouth is, we always have us and this word is built with all the tings that we´ve been trought.
Everyone needs to read this ASAP.
I need everyone to prepare theirselves when they start reading this book. You are going to cry a lot. Just expected it. It's part of the process in reading this beautiful book. Just roll with the punches. That's the best way to read it. Won't explain anything else. Just get ready to be in your feels.
Too Soon for Adios is a great story. Gabby is a character that many people can identify with and you as the reader are cheering for her the entire time.
You don’t get over losing a loved one. You just learn how to live with it.
Thank you to Montlake and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review!
Gabby Medina meets her biological father at her mother’s funeral. She abandoned her when she was a baby, and now he wants to give her a house in Sonrisa, New Mexico. She does not want to do anything about the house or him. But she could use the money. She decided to accept the offer, but she laid down some ground rules— she could do whatever she wanted with the house AND not because she was getting the house, it already meant she accepted him. Will they reach the closure they need? Is she willing to take the whole truth and forgive him?
I didn’t expect to relate to this book on so many levels. I understand Gabby and her strong emotions about her biological father. It is hard to accept someone who’s never been a part of your life. You cannot easily trust them because you know nothing about them. Imagine having to find out about your identity while grieving.
I also liked how grief was shown in different scenarios in this book. Grief can look different to everyone, as we all have our way of going through loss and grief. I liked how I got to see Gabby’s healing unfold. It could be hard for her to accept everything in one snap because she has been experiencing many emotions simultaneously. I liked how she could do and accept everything at her own pace. It didn’t feel forced.
Another thing I liked about this book is the detailed information about the recipes Gabby made! It made me hungry while reading 😅😂 I also appreciated the history lesson about Mexican culture! 😊
"Too Soon for Adios" is a story that explores loss, grief, second chances, forgiveness, and new beginnings. Set in a small town, Gabby's life takes an unexpected turn when she meets her biological father at her mother's funeral. With debt, no job, and no permanent home, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to renovate and sell a house. As she navigates through messy family history and secrets, Gabby forms connections with the community and rediscovers her passion for cooking. Along the way, she encounters a frustrating contractor named Diego, leading to a complex and evolving relationship. The book delves into the themes of forgiveness, personal growth, and finding a sense of home. Gabby's journey is relatable, as she grapples with her grief and strives to create a new life for herself. The story skillfully addresses various themes in a thoughtful and comforting manner, providing healing and a sense of hope.
I did love this book but only because it helped me with my own closure. It was not my mother, but my father, and while he is not dead, it does feel that way some days. Sometimes fiction comes along and helps you with your own problems and this book did. I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next.
What I can say about TSFA is that Macias’s prose will always be about family. I know that’s a bold thing for me to say, being that she only has two books out, but judging from the content of everything I just read, we can safely assume that this is her pride and joy.
What I appreciate about the story is that it teaches the late twenty-somethings that life is not all as put together as people make it out to be. Even though this book is peppered with loss, it’s still a nice, comforting story about learning about yourself after grief and determining the next steps. I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t the typical city girl who finds love in a small town kind of story. The plot is a little more complex than that, and I give Macias credit for not making it obvious.
After Gabby’s father (who she has never met) shows up at her mother’s funeral, she finds herself moving across the country with the goal of fixing up her great-grandmother’s house In order to sell it.
I liked this way more than I expecting to. Gabby’s journey to find out who she is without her mom and her job and with her estranged father in her small town hit me in my feelings. I enjoyed the audiobook!
I enjoyed this book about love, family and the importance of those who surround you. A sweet and heartfelt read, with good writing. Looking forward to seeing what the author writes next.
I thought the characters were both complicated and easy to understand, and their relationships were interesting and hard to ignore, overall. I really enjoyed studying the soldaderas who were part of the Mexican Revolution. I really liked this book and think it's a good choice for anyone who wants to read about dealing with sadness and moving forward in life. I was surprised by how fast I related to the story. This might be because I could see similarities between Gabby's mom and my own mom. The writer created a certain mood right from the beginning and the book made me feel many strong emotions. I didn't want the book to finish because I was enjoying it so much.
I originally perceived this novel as a romance and am happy to have been wrong. The writing was more emotional and nuanced than in her previous book, big chicas don't cry. I loved the representation of mexican american culture within the small town atmosphere. The star of the book to me was the food being used to develop the relationship between the MC and her father. The love story was adorable and rom com-like which is a good thing. I laughed several times. Overall i really really liked this book. Can't wait for more from this author.
I loved the captivating ambiance of the small town depicted in the book, and I appreciated the seamless inclusion of Mexican culture in the story. Despite this, the book didn’t quite meet my expectations. The characters felt a bit flat, and the pace seemed hurried. I would have preferred more nuanced character development and a more intricate plot to fully satisfy my reading experience.
I loved this book so much! It made me cry, it made me hungry , it made me happy 😂
This has all of the small town feels in it & was healing to read ❤️
I enjoyed the small-town setting and how the author incorporated Mexican culture throughout the novel. This was an okay read, but not my favorite of the authors. I felt that this book had very one-dimensional characters and felt rushed. I would've liked more character depth and storyline.
After the loss of her mom, Gabby is trying to get her life back on track. After trying to get her job back and finding out a shocking truth about her parents, she decides to leave her current situation behind and take a relative up on the offer of a free house - if she'll do the updates, she gets the equity out. It's an amazing offer and I wasn't surprised with Gabby jumped at the chance.
I did like Gabby's growth in the story. I really struggled to like her at first. I thought taking on the debt was a little odd (didn't she know she could claim identity theft/fraud and not pay them?) and I found her anger in the face of such a generous offer of a house/money shocking. I also found the love story a little meh, I just never felt their attraction. It finally won me over in the end but I think it was because I flipped to an audio book about 1/2 way and really enjoyed the narrator.
This one was just okay. I didn't love it but it did end well.
A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.
This was a nice story but a little too predictable. To be fair, romance stories are not my usual read .
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𝗧𝗢𝗢 𝗦𝗢𝗢𝗡 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗔𝗗𝗜𝗢𝗦 by @authorannette
By far, one of my favorite contemporary reads for 2023! I vow to make this a popular book for everyone
𝘕𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘎𝘢𝘣𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘢, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴. 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦.
Uhhhh, everything about this was so raw! Gabby goes through grieving a parent, reconciling with an absent parent, having insecurities of not being good enough, finding love, while ultimately finding herself. I love the multiple ways Annette brought in her Mexican heritage to the book; full of history and culture. YOU WILL TOTALLY GET HUNGRY READING THIS Gabby does a lot of self-sabotaging but the reader gets to see her character development throughout. I couldn’t help but root for her and the whole town of Sonrisa. Definitely a must read if you are craving a contemporary romance with some Mexican sazon!
I will be recommending this everywhere!
3/5 stars, it felt like many things I’ve read before
Thank you to Montlake for the arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
Just like I stated in my initial thought sentence up above, this has felt like quite a few books I've read before, the one that kept popping in my mind the most being Beach Read by Emily Henry. They have similar plotlines and while I tried not to compare them the entire time, especially as it's a trope I think is fun, it just didn't give me as much as I wanted it to. I think this book would have benefited from being longer because then it could have felt like there was more substance behind a lot of the scenes that were supposed to be very emotional.
There were times where the emotional scenes did feel forced though in my opinion, or once again not written with the depth that they deserved. It was like the author was brushing over the implications of some things, even if that was not the intention. Although I did enjoy how the setting of a small town came into play with certain scenes in this book as well as the tone. I love small town stories, not to mention small town romances so that was really nice.
While I don't remember too much about the characters I do remember one of the best things about this book was the culture and family connections. Gabby's mother has died, but she has two "aunts" (her mothers best friends) who are there for her until her father shows up again suddenly offering a house. The connection between her and her aunts was well done and even how she slowly learned to process her father returning into her life as well. Though I will say the romance in this book felt very swift, like they didn't like one another but it was apparent from the reader's perspective that he started liking her right after that (the "who did this to you" happened right after they agreed they didn't like one another). I know it was supposed to be enemies to lovers in a sense, but it felt a little too fast for me.
[TW: death of a parent, heart attack mentioned, cancer, depiction of panic attacks, sexual assault, sexual harassment, racist slurs]