A Christmas Dating Story
by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
I’m still in the mood for fiction by Latina authors and Valdes-Rodriguez is one of my all time favorites and I’ve read all her adult novels.
This time around she tells the story of Christy de la Cruz, a highly successful interior designer to high end clients in New Mexico. After her marriage ends, she finds herself turning to the internet and dating books like The Rules to piece her love life back together. At the end of her romantic rope, she prays to the Virgin Mary to send her some single, eligible men to date (because The Rules suggest you date more than one guy at a time). Soon after, at a family gathering, her cousin Maggie introduces her to three men who happen to be cousins (to each other, not to Maggie and Christy). The men are named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar…yes, like the Three Kings in the Nativity Story.
Maggie suggests sort of a dating experiment and Christy must go out on three dates with each of these very different cousins to decide which one is more of a match for her. Unorthodox, of course, but very funny!