Sadie Montgomery is 28 years old and a portrait artist, just like her late mother. Her father, who doesn't approve of her career, quickly remarried after her beloved mother's death years ago. Her stepmother is difficult, and her stepsister is simply evil. Just as Sadie has the possibility of winning a portrait painting contest with a lucrative grand prize, an injury results in an immediate need for brain surgery and the swelling afterwards causes a condition called prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness. While hopefully temporary, this makes it nearly impossible to paint portraits. With Sadie's life in complete chaos, she is helped by her best friend Sue. She also finds some solace in a crush developed for a new veterinarian who is caring for her dog. Joe, a neighbor she can only identify by the jacket he wears, also enters her life and after an assumption that he is a bit of a player, turns out to be a decent guy. But what about the hunky veterinarian who seems to also be interested in her? Life is certainly complicated for Sophie. Perhaps the change in her seeing ability can provide her with a new perspective on life.
Leave it to author Katherine Center to create an enjoyable book that is about a serious medical condition. Hello Stranger is romantic fiction and Center is an author who you trust will eventually make everything right. She has the talent of taking readers on journeys from misery to happiness. This isn't a spoiler. The author is unapologetically optimistic. That's why she has become an auto-read author. Sometimes you just need a book that aims to be joyful.
Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this delightful book in advance. I needed it.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: July 11, 2023.
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