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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Two in a Canoe is a work of new adult fiction by Gail Pendleton. Becky, a young, homeless, single mother is surprised when a stranger offers her shelter at a closed fishing inn in exchange for minor maintenance. She meets Parker Sims, a handsome ranger whose guiding influence changes her outlook on the future. Becky’s tranquillity is disrupted by a busload of stranded hippies' unexpected arrival at the inn. Their opinionated, carefree, freeloading lifestyle becomes too frustrating for her. But she refuses to leave them alone when Parker warns of the dangers of the wintry Delaware River ice-jam that often occurs. As the temperature becomes increasingly colder and her food supplies go missing, Becky worries if it’s too late to heed Parker’s advice. Will she and her child survive?
Two in a Canoe is an appropriate title for this beautiful novel by Gail Pendleton. It’s a very touching, realistic story about a young woman who was shunned by society after becoming pregnant and how she bravely faced the dilemma she was in. Becky still held onto her dreams and goals, and this is what I admired about her. Having a baby didn’t stop Becky from wanting to resume her education. She had doubts about some decisions she had to make but acted cautiously with a level head. Barb is a loyal friend that everyone should have. Unlike many romance novels where sex becomes the main focus, the romance between Becky and Parker was like a rosebud that slowly blossoms. Parker took his time to woo Becky, and his reasons for doing this were admirable mature ones. Gail Pendleton made me understand a bit more about hippies from some of these characters. Two in a Canoe is a new adult novel that is highly recommended.