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Books & Booze Pairing: No Reservations and Tall Dark Stranger, Malbec

No Reservations: A Journey Through Life's Unreserved Moments.

This is Author Sheryl Lister's Debut into Women's Fiction and she knocks it out of the park.

True friendship never ends.

Best friends forever. That’s the vow Joy, Diane, Rochelle and Yvette made when they were children, and even in their mid-thirties, the friends have always been there for each other—through the highs and lows of life and love. Until forever comes up against a terminal cancer diagnosis. Nothing could have prepared them for what life would look like when four became three.

But Yvette was prepared.

Her final gift to her girls is an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica like they had always talked about but kept putting off as life got in the way.

The Jamaican getaway seems to come at the perfect time as the remaining friends deal with their grief, dashed hopes, and unexpected relationship drama. Sick of putting her dreams to open a spa on hold, not to mention her husband’s lack of support, Joy decides she’s moving forward with her new business—with or without him. The thunderous ticking of Diane’s biological clock has her wondering if her desire to have a baby will ever come true, and her husband’s bizarre behavior has her questioning if he’s still on board. And after witnessing her friends’ imploding relationships, single mother Rochelle is content to do life on her own, but her heart doesn’t seem to get the memo when a new man unexpectedly enters the picture.

Guided by Yvette’s spirit, the friends must lean on each other now more than ever before as they learn to navigate their new normal, take unexpected risks and live life with no reservations.

My thoughts...

Life is filled with spontaneous moments, unexpected twists, and turns that require no reservations. "No Reservations," a compelling novel, takes you on a journey through the array of emotions that life often brings. It explores the themes of love, loss, grief, sisterhood, second chances, and the sacrifices we make in relationships.

The author beautifully pens down each character's journey, making you feel as if you are a part of their lives. Each character in the story has their unique story, intricately woven with threads of emotions - joy, sorrow, love, and loss. The journey might be short, but it leaves a lasting impact. When you turn the last page, you feel fulfilled, as if you've lived multiple lives in one sitting.

One of the standout features of "No Reservations" is its exploration of second-chance love. It's a narrative thread that brings hope amidst the gloom, a silver lining in the dark cloud of grief. It's about finding love after the heartbreak, about healing after the hurt. It's about realizing that it's never too late to find love and happiness again.

The story also shines a spotlight on sisterhood and the bond that sisters share. It's a bond that outshines all others, a bond that's tested through the trials of life but remains unbroken. The author brilliantly portrays the sisterhood, making you feel the love, the camaraderie, and the situations that define it.


My Book & Booze Crew; here is my suggested drink pair "Tall Dark Stranger", a Malbec.

The Tall Dark Stranger, Malbec, is an intense red wine with bright berry flavors and a soft, lush texture. It's bold, bearing hits of raspberry and blueberry, smooth and leathery, and has a warm oak finish that's pleasing to the tongue. This wine is the perfect beverage to sip on while delving into the world of "No Reservations".

The character of Warren is our "Tall Dark Stranger". He is unlike what Rochelle was used to, sparking fear in her that it might be too good to be true. The boldness of the Malbec mirrors Warren's character, his unexpected entrance into Rochelle's life, and the intensity of their relationship.

Similarly, the wine's complexity gives tribute to Joy, who took a long overdue stand. It symbolizes her bravery and resolve, the intricate blend of flavors reflecting the myriad emotions and challenges she faced.

Jeff and Diane's relationship is also represented in this choice of wine. Their love story is complex, filled with ups and downs, much like the blend of flavors in the Malbec. The smoothness of the wine parallels the eventual smoothing of their differences and the strengthening of their bond.

The wine's tannins, on the other hand, represent the bitterness we all felt with Yvette's passing. However, its smooth finish goes well with the things Yvette put in place after she was gone, symbolizing the hope and solace found amidst the sorrow.

In essence, the Tall Dark Stranger, Malbec, is not just a drink; it's a companion to the story, adding depth and resonance to the reading experience. So, when you pick up "No Reservations", remember to pair it with a glass of this delightful Malbec. Let the characters and plot unravel with each sip, and immerse yourself in a unique literary journey.

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