Title: Going Off Grid
Series: States of Love
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 78 Pages
At a Glance: Overall, I thought this was a cute read. I enjoyed it while I was in the moment, but it lacked that oomph I was hoping for that would make it stand out.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.
Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?
What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?
Review: SJD Peterson’s Going Off Grid is part of Dreamspinner Press’s States of Love series, which I have enjoyed very much overall. Peterson’s addition to the line features North Dakota as the state where our MCs are in love, but it wasn’t featured as heavily as some of the other states have been, which was sort of a bummer. Part of the enjoyment of the series for me has been learning about areas of the country I haven’t visited, or connecting on a fun level with places I have. I would have loved to have more of a sense of where the cabin was, or some other fun knowledge about North Dakota.
I did like the premise of the book a lot; I loved the idea of Elliott and Clay turning the misfortune of their job loss into an opportunity to go after their dream early. And all the stuff about them working on making the cabin livable and homey was great. The author did a good job of bringing the renovation project to life. And, I really loved Clay’s backstory of his close relationship with his Papa, and his special ties to the cabin. Those background details gave the story so much heart. Clay’s memories of growing up going to the cabin were lovely.
Overall, I thought this was a cute read. I enjoyed it while I was in the moment, but it lacked that oomph I was hoping for that would make it stand out. For me, this was one of those books that was good but not great, and where the MCs were both likeable but there was no stand out favorite, and I didn’t really feel the connection between them. Again, it was good, it just wasn’t great.
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