Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh

The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh
Paperback, 256 pages
Published by CreateSpace
Publication Date: August 28th, 2013

She’s a Democrat, he’s a Republican. She spends her days fighting global warming at an environmental non-profit, he makes his living doing PR for Bell Motors and their fleet of SUVs. But as soon as they meet, Emily Crossley and Robert Drake realize they have encountered their intellectual match. You’re never challenged, he tells her. You've surrounded yourself in a cocoon of people who think exactly the same way you do.

She hurls the same accusation back at him, and the fiery debates begin. Despite both of their attempts to derail it, there is no denying that they are falling in love. But their relationship is threatened by political differences, Robert’s excessive work hours, and Emily’s fear of losing her identity as she falls deeper in love. Can their love survive? The Drake Equation is a tale of modern love and all its complexities.

My thoughts about The Drake Equation ~~

I loved Emily and her spunk. She has a cause she believes in and stands her ground, even when it may cost her love. And then there's Robert, who works for a company that goes against everything she believes in. They definitely have chemistry but is it strong enough to get past their differences? I enjoyed the banter back and forth as they each try to make their case.

Heather has written a very enjoyable story with entertaining characters. And some great lines. Here are just a few to whet your appetite for a great read.

'She liked to be in control.'
Yep, that pretty much sums up Emily. Can she give up some of that control to find love and happiness?

'He seemed to cling to this views if not as fiercely then as assuredly as she did. For the first time in her life, she was forced to confront the notion that someone might be ashamed to be seen with her.'
Hmm? Wonder if she can change? But does she really want to?

'That was the difference between Robert and the others. When you were with someone who was not as bright as you were, you cursed their dullness as you sped ahead of them, simply marking time as you waited for them to catch up. But with someone like Robert, you could not employ any of your usual tricks. You would be caught immediately.'
What to do? What to do?

I loved my first taste of Heather's wonderful writing and I look forward to reading more of her work.

About the author

Heather Walsh grew up in North Haven, CT, fantastically close to Pepe's pizza.

She received a B.A. in English at Mary Washington College, which has been renamed to, drum roll please... the University of Mary Washington. This was after a failed attempt to name it Washington & Monroe University, because there aren't enough schools honoring dead Virginian men already. Heather graduated Phi Betta Kappa and summa cum laude, which sounds kind of fancy but really means she took easy classes.

She taught high school English in Brooklyn for one year, where she loved the students but not the system. She then joined corporate America and worked there for too many years as an IT trainer, project manager, business analyst, and SQL dabbler.

Her favorite writer is Alice Munro, her favorite movie is The Godfather Parts I & II (tied for first), and her favorite TV show is The Wire. She has lived in some pretty neat places, including Brooklyn (kind of before it was hipster-cool to do so), Manhattan, and San Francisco. The unfortunate result of living in these locations is that she has become an obnoxious foodie.

She currently lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, Mike DeLucia, and their two children. Her first novel, Dented Cans, has sold over 5,000 copies.

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