Hello Stranger

Hello Stranger
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Year: 2023
ISBN: 9781250283788

Sadie is a portrait artist, struggling to find her footing. When a freak accident leaves her with face blindness, the timing couldn't be worse; she's just about to have her big break in a national contest. She's desperate to find a way to work around these new limitations. Never mind that she can't trust her own perceptions, and she's having fantasies about her vet and a neighbor in her building.

While not my favorite of Katherine Center's (Sadie was a little immature), this was creative and an interesting exploration of a condition I knew nothing about. I also loved her author's note at the end about why we read romance. I related to her words about hope and anticipation--which is why I think I (and many readers) have been leaning into romances and up-lit more than ever before. This provides plenty of both.

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Publisher’s Description

It’s all starting to come together for struggling artist Sadie Montgomery. She was just named a finalist in the national portrait competition of her dreams. But when she winds up with a rare, but real, condition where human faces look like jumbled puzzle pieces . . . it is, to say the least, not good.

With only a few weeks to paint the best portrait of her entire life, Sadie will do anything to reverse her condition and get back to work, but it’s anyone’s guess when (or even if) that’ll happen.

Enter her dog’s charming veterinarian (who may or may not be Sadie’s daydream fiancé), and her bowling-jacket-wearing, Vespa-riding neighbor (who she can’t seem to stay away from)–both vying for her attention and adding to the chaos.


It’s a lot, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Because the truth is, seeing the world differently has its upsides. And love has an undeniable way of giving us courage. And the best way of looking is always, always with the heart.

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