Moonlight in Odessa, by Janet Skeslien Charles
Title: Moonlight in Odessa
Author: Janet Skeslien Charles
Daria is a tough, smart, and sexy twenty-something living in Odessa, Ukraine. She managed to get a college degree in engineering but, in the economic aftermath of perestroika, finally has to take a job as a secretary at a foreign firm. She earns fairly good money, but her boss, Mr. Harmon, is a bit lecherous. To ward off his advances, she finds him another mistress, who promptly goes after Daria’s job. Worried about her job, she moonlights as an interpreter for “Soviet Unions,” a company that finds wives for rich Americans. When she begins corresponding with one of those Americans, she must choose between her home and the promise of America. And things don’t quite go according to plan.
I liked this book. Well, more particularly, I liked Daria, and I liked Odessa. I wanted to spend more time with Daria, who was kind and warm. I did occasionally get annoyed with her perceptions and decisions, but she definitely developed as a character. And I loved learning about Odessa and post-Soviet Asia. I did find things lagging a bit in the middle third of the book, but overall the plot was interesting and moved along. The writing was good, though there were quite a few distracting typos. In all, this is an imperfect but enjoyable book.
Moonlight in Odessa, by Janet Skeslien Charles [rating:3]