Special Feature: The Name Curse by Brooke Burroughs

This summer I did all the outdoor things! I have always had an adventurous spirit and love things like hiking and exploring new places. As a child I did a lot more of this with my family (camping, hiking etc) and as an adult I have traveled and such but have not done as much hiking as I would have liked. Until this year. I live in Oregon so we have hikes and the great outdoors in spades! So this summer I did all the outdoor things, National Parks, hiking, cave exploring. All the things.

But then suddenly the summer was over and I had to return to reality (work) but I wasn’t quite ready to say good bye to adventuring. Enter this book. This book sounds like it will fill my desire to keep connected to the great outdoors and the adventure spirit while being stuck at home and behind a desk! I have’t read anything by Brooke Burroughs before but this one sounds like it’s going to tick a lot of boxes for me!

I love the sound of this one! As soon as I read the summary I loved the enemies to lovers troupe that was hinted at plus a hike through the Alaskan wilderness sounds so perfect as a place for two people to fall in love and get to know themselves too. I have this one to review a little later on this fall, but for right now I wanted to share a bit about the book and if you are hoping to extend your summer explorations from the comfort of your house, then this might be the book for you!


In this flirty wilderness adventure by the author of The Marriage Code, two hikers who drive each other crazy discover they might have a lot to learn from one another about navigating life, love, and living up to family expectations.

Ever since her father died, Bernie’s life has been stagnant. When concerned friends and family suggest she join a hike through Alaska to gain new perspective, Bernie reluctantly agrees to go, even though she’s never been the adventurous type, unlike her namesake, Great-Aunt Bernice.

Matthew is a struggling screenwriter who needs a week off the grid to gain some inspiration for a new project and to process the reappearance of his absent father.

When the two meet at the trailhead, it’s annoyance at first sight. He’s dismayed to discover that he’ll have to share a tent with Bernie, who doesn’t know the first thing about camping, while she finds he’s a little too into “roughing it” to be a reasonable human being. But as they’re forced to hike through the wilderness together, their relationship becomes a surprising source of empathy and inspiration…and maybe other feelings too. Can the two adversaries find the path to breaking the curse of family expectations—and each other? (summary from Goodreads)

About the Author

Brooke Burroughs is an award winning writer of fun love stories about women with a heart for adventure. Brooke lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, who she met on one of her own real life adventures living in India. When she’s not writing, she conducts experiments in vegetarian cooking, performs with a Bollywood dance troupe, travels whenever she can, and is frequently seen at the dog park with her Great Dane which is often mistaken for a horse.


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