Waltzing on the Danube [Book Review]

A lot of time in romance, there are certain types of characters you see over and over. Usually you have one character that’s a little rude or insensitive, probably because she or he has been hurt before, and the other is more grounded, loving, and wants a relationship.

That’s not to say all romances follow these rules, but we’ve all read a multitude of stories with this cast, so when I read a story in which this is turned on its head, I sit up and take notice.

Waltzing on the Danube Miranda MacLeod

Book Description

When they are the only two singles on the lesbian singles cruise, will opposites attract?

Jeanie Brooks is a small town history teacher who sometimes looks before she leaps, but when she books a last minute river cruise for lesbian singles, she knows she’ll have no regrets. Two weeks of beautiful women and glorious adventure against the backdrop of Europe’s most famous cities—what more could she want?

Eleanor Fielding is an actuarial accountant from Manhattan, and an expert at assessing risk from every angle. Analytical and reserved, the only thing worse than spending the summer floating around with a gaggle of desperate single women is the prospect of her sister nagging her for all eternity if she refuses to go.

But thanks to a ticketing mishap, Jeanie and Eleanor unexpectedly find themselves the only two eligible women on the Danube. What starts as an awkward alliance to salvage some enjoyment from the trip soon transforms into something more. When it comes to love, can this odd-couple learn to dance to the same rhythm?

My Rating


This book was very sweet.

So, like I said before, these aren’t your typical romance characters. One is a bundle of anxiety and obsessive behaviors that falls squarely into the category of neurodiverse. The other is a bumbling cutie who leaps before she looks.

And they’re perfect for each other.

Not that they think so, because they most certainly do not. But they’re stuck together on a European cruise with each other as companions, and it works so well.

I give this book four of five stars for being quirky, sweet, and different than other books in the genre. Give me more neurodiverse characters like these, lesfic authors! 😀

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