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Nina Maria Martínez’s meandering novel is a delight. It follows its two
twenty-something heroines and an assortment of wacky secondary characters through a
sleepy California town, Lava Landing, located at the base of an inactive volcano.
Natalie and Consuelo provide necessary relief for fans of women’s fiction who are
tired of chick lit. The girls sport Payless shoes instead of Manolo Blahniks, wear
K-mart not Versace and there’s not a glamorous media job to be found. The pace of
the novel, like that of its setting is slow. This is no page-turner, but a book to
spend time with. The hardcover version of the book is a work of art. It’s packed
with bonus features such as colored pages, Lava Landing themed Lotería cards and
artifacts such as menus, paper dolls and letters.
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