I’m going to tell you a secret. Young people don’t get it, I know, but just because you are older, that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love. It just means you have a lot of history behind you – and sometimes working out the details can be a real pain in the backside.
Catalina and Manny both have histories. Some good, like their grown children, and Manny’s grandchildren. And they both have a lot of pain in their backgrounds, as well as all the good stuff. Both are widowed, both have been alone for quite some time. But when Manny shows up on Catalina’s doorstep, literally, to rent a space in her run-down RV Park on the beach on Padre Island, they soon find that finding someone again can be sweet. But it can also be harder than either expect.
Catalina and Manny are great characters. Both over forty, “Why did young people think everyone over forty had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel?” both with families, his in Chicago, hers in Houston, they both have their own lives, far from one another. Neither think they should explore the instant attraction. But when Catalina is being harassed on all sides, by quadrupled taxes, storm damage, and a development company who wants to take her little piece of heaven, her dream, away from her, Manny steps in to help.
The story is realistic in ways I completely understand. Trust is difficult. And with both their families extremely important to them, can they find a way to be together? Do they even want to try?
I got a huge kick out of this book. It was lovely not only reading about people who are older than twenty, it was also interesting to watch two Hispanic people as they fight their own cultural biases about family, dreams, and what it means to be together. Very happy making for me.
I received Catalina and the Winter Texan from Reading Alley in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
About this author
Thankfully for romance readers, Hebby eventually turned her attention back to writing. Strongly influenced by the culture of her hometown, her novels centered around Latino characters. After she met and married her husband Luis, a native of Puerto Rico, her interest in Latino heritage expanded to include the rich mosaic of Hispanic tradition in the Caribbean. Her books, such as Midnight Promise, have enjoyed great success and Hebby was awarded Romantic Times Magazine “Texas Author” award. When Hebby finds spare time, she enjoys having romantic dinners with her husband, travelling, reading, playing duplicate bridge, and being a baseball mom. She is also a member of the national organization, Romance Writers of America, as well as two local author’s organizations. Arlington, Texas is where Hebby makes her home with Luis and their two sons.