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DNF Review: The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

on November 18, 2020

The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)
Sarah Morgenthaler
Narrated by Elise Arsenault
Tantor Audio
2020, 11 hours 36m
Purchased via

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

He had a strict “no tourists” policy…
Until she broke all of his rules.

When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the grumpy local than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness. 

Yes, this is a DNF (did not finish) review, which I almost never do. In fact I hardly ever not finish a book. If I’d read this, as opposed to listening to it, I probably would’ve slogged through it to the end. But because I was listening to it, it was just taking so damn long. Chapters are like an hour long. And I was so bored I kept falling asleep and waking up 2 chapters later and having no idea what happened and having to go back.

I had seen this book around for a while. It sounded like something I would adore. I love Alaska and books set there! It sounded like it had a bit of a grumpy hero and a sunshine heroine, which is also my thing. I ended up picking it up on Audible when I also got Beach Read and I started this one as soon as I finished that.

Unfortunately, this did just not work for me. I didn’t enjoy the narration – for the longest time I couldn’t figure out what they were calling the hero. I pronounce it as “Gray-em” but turns out, most Americans pronounce that as “Gram”. I ended up asking a bunch of American friends how they say it and it was pretty much 100% of “Gram” and 1 Canadian who mostly would say “Gray-em” but also hears “Gram” sometimes. Anyway, that’s not why I didn’t enjoy it. There’s a lot of other reasons why but I didn’t warm to the narration at all either, which I feel is a big hurdle when listening to an audiobook.

The scene where the hero and heroine meet involve the heroine, who has just flown in for her dream holiday to Alaska, taking an aspirin and then being made Graham’s signature lethal cocktail at his diner, arranged by Zoey’s friend Lana who then conveniently disappears leaving an almost comatose Zoey completely at Graham’s mercy. Now he’s a relatively nice guy (in terms of he doesn’t take advantage) but this scene just had so many problems for me and it was all downhill from there. Inexplicably Graham nicknames Zoey “Zoey-bear” and then proceeds to use this liberally after they’ve known each other about three and a half seconds. He also sprinkles in a lot of “darlins” which I didn’t enjoy either. There’s a ridiculous scene where Zoey takes the wrong turn on a trail, comes across Graham on his property chopping wood and wearing a welder’s mask or something. She screams, kicks him in the nuts and calls the police where they both end up in the same cell for hours until…..they just leave? And then there’s the time Graham turns up at her hotel room at stupid o’clock in the morning because he’s decided he’s taking her to breakfast. And the bus ride to go whale watching where they can’t sit together so he shouts obnoxiously the length of the bus at her and tells the people next to him stupid stories pretending Zoey is “the wife” and making up lies about their lives together.

And that’s about where I tapped out.

I really tried. I was up to about chapter 8 I think and nothing much of note had happened. I didn’t feel any chemistry whatsoever between Graham and “Zoey-bear”, in fact they actually irritated me whenever they were in a scene together which is not at all what you really want. If I’d read this, I’d probably have skimmed it searching for a few scenes that would interest me or to get the general idea of how they even get together and what happens at the end. But I honestly couldn’t put myself through listening to the rest of it – it was taking way too long and I just did not care enough about either of these characters to keep going.

Book #225 of 2020

3 responses to “DNF Review: The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

  1. […] a credit or 2 about to expire. I picked up Beach Read (which I loved), The Tourist Attraction (which I did not) and this book, first in a trilogy about three sisters. I’ve heard some really good things […]

  2. Bibliode says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry you didn’t like the book. The third book in the series, Enjoy the View is really the best of them all 🙂

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