Midnight in Orlando by Amy Dawson Robertson
I love books that are a joy to read. So, obviously, I loved this little gem of a book. I’ve had a really crazy work week and just wanted to escape for a short while. I sat down with Midnight In Orlando and read it straight through. It’s only a little over 100 pages, so that wasn’t too difficult a task, but I had only planned to read a chapter or two. The story and the characters just drew me in and gave me no choice but to keep reading.
The chapters alternate points-of-view between the two main characters, which is not always a favorite thing of mine, but it really works here. It gives the reader very helpful, and often humorous, glimpses into the minds of both quirky, but lovable, leading ladies.
The story takes place at a conference for writers and readers of lesbian fiction. Susan is a lonely, workaholic attorney with a color-coded calendar and secret bedside stash of lesbian romances. Nic is a near-neurotic, reclusive writer of very popular lesbian fiction who has purposely avoided any connection with her fans and readers. Both are fearful that they’ll never meet Ms. Right or even Ms. Right Now.
In an attempt to broaden their horizons and come out of their self-imposed shells, they both decide to attend the annual Labrys Literary Conference in Orlando. I’m sure you can guess what happens next. However, I can almost promise you that their meeting and budding romance is probably nothing like you are imagining, so I urge you read this novella to see what really happens.
I can also promise you that you will smile, laugh, and cheer them on as you read. Oh, and you might want to make sure you have at least a couple of hours to spare before you start.