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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Agave Blues is a slice-of-life drama novel by Ruthie Marlenee. Maya Miller is a successful Los Angeles attorney who has recently broken up with her fiancé Zane. She still has to get over her failed relationship when she receives news of her estranged father's death from her teenage daughter, Lily, a student at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. Full of reservation, Maya travels to Mexico to deal with her father's funeral. She arrives in her hometown of Sarada Familia, reuniting with her extended family and embroiling herself in a tour of memories and nostalgia that reveals a family history she didn't anticipate. After learning of her illness, Maya is desperate to make amends and help save an agave farm from falling into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, an old childhood crush inadvertently comes back into her life.
Agave Blues is a beautiful story about reuniting with one's roots and learning to forgive and let go of past baggage. The book follows a woman's journey to her birthplace as she re-forges her connection with her heritage and does her part to help the people she loves the most. Ruthie Marlenee tells a heartwarming tale full of relatable characters through a narrative that touches upon the ramifications of past events on current generations. Maya is a complex character who, on one hand, desperately wants to bond with her daughter and, on the other, is afraid of getting hurt by letting people come close to her. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and if you love to read character-driven dramas, you will too.