Review: The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the man than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.”


I was so excited to see this at my library last week. It has been on my TBR list for a while now, and it felt like the perfect time to read it. Since I read a lot of fantasy books, sometimes you need a calm romance where the stakes are not life or death.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I loved that, for most of the novel, we get to enjoy Zoey and Graham together; their issue is just the looming countdown until the end of Zoey’s vacation. Their chemistry and banter is wonderful. You are rooting for them the minute their eyes meet. Zoey is an incredibly relatable heroine. She is the definition of “adorkable”. She has saved up for the last several years to come on this dream vacation, counting every penny. She is trying to make the most of the experience because she has sacrificed to get there. You really feel for her, when every one of her excursions blows up in her face.

I liked the dichotomy of tourists v. residents. I think it is an interesting idea where you can understand both sides. The town of Moose Springs relies on tourism and if your tourists are like Zoey well that’s not too bad. However, if your tourists are the rich, snooty kind with no appreciation you can see why the residents get fed up. My only issue with the book is I wish the friendship between Zoey and Lana had been more developed. Obviously, if Zoey is often left by herself it creates a situation where Graham and Zoey can spend more time together. We just kept hearing about how important Zoey is to Lana, but we only really get to see it once.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was perfect for the holiday weekend, and exactly what I needed before I start another series. Definitely check out The Tourist Attraction if you are looking for a fun romance.


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