Ernesto (Nesto) is an early 30s outgoing Dominican entrepreneur who decided to leave the hustle and bustle of NYC for the quaint and at times eccentric town of Ithaca. While he understood the move was risky, he knew that he needed to find a way to make just more than a living, he wanted to make his food truck business prosper in a way that allowed him to branch out eventually.
It is in Ithaca that Nestor meets Jude. Jude is a librarian who works at the local library and who is focused on getting his mobile library off the grown, that’s if his project gets approved. Jude hasn’t had it easy, as a gay man who came out to his very conservative and religious family he knows what rejection can do to his heart and it is for that reason he maintains his focus on what has become the most important project of his career.
The charm and annoyance of a small town is, that it is quite hard to avoid seeing people, let alone avoid a big food truck that just moved in. It is under one of those weird and funny circumstances of a small town that Jude & Nesto first meet. But it is after an awkward but charming first encounter that Nestor & Jude hit it off.
Herrera did a phenomenal job, she gives us a story that while is not overly dramatic it speaks to the heart. The story goes into Nestor’s life, what his family and friends mean to him and how he has worked very hard to be where he is. He is proud of who he is and takes pride in knowing that his work brings happiness to others. He is also very proud of his family and friends. Jude, on the other hand, is guarded and mysterious. He is also charming, beautiful and has a big heart. Both of these characters love with everything they are, they don’t shy away from experiencing what the other has to offer but while doing so they guard their heart and emotions.
There is good chemistry between Jude & Neston, but not the over the top chemistry I expected. I enjoyed their relationship and its dynamics. I loved how loving and protective Nestor was of Jude and vice versa, even when they both tried to deny it, they knew their friendship was so much more.
Nestor is a fantastic representation of what it means to be Dominican. Hard work, family values, perseverance, a good attitude, and delicious food. There is so much more to these characters that I can’t wait to explore. Nesto & Jude were fantastic characters, each had flaws but they were willing to work their differences. Every single character in this story brought something different, it all balances nicely.
The story isn’t overly dramatic or full of unnecessary angst. The is a good amount of drama that is both believable and expected from a story that deals with everyday life issues. However, I would’ve liked to see more about Misty’s reasons and motives for doing what she did.
Overall, Herrera has written a story that beautifully explores the Dominican idiosyncrasy in its purest form. I will forever be a big fan of Herrera.
Do I recommend this book? YES!
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