Improbable Solution by Judith B. Glad

Improbable Solution by Judith B. Glad
Publisher: Uncial Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical
Length: Full Length (275 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Visit Whiterock, Oregon…

… where peculiar happenings are taken for granted. Where Sally Carruthers is stuck, nursing a dying father. Where Gus Loring seeks forgetfulness. Where people are from, because there’s nothing left to hold them there. Yet somehow it endures.

Perhaps there’s something more to Whiterock than dusty streets, shabby buildings, and discouraged residents, because everything changes when Gus and Sally find each other. But how could that possibly make the decrepit bandshell look new, put the antlers back on the poor, abused bronze elk?

They say opposites attract, but will the the initial burst of lust and intrigue be enough to keep Gus and Sally interested in each other in the longterm?

The chemistry between Gus and Sally is intense. They have such contradictory personalities that at first I was slightly skeptical about the possibility of them becoming anything other than friends, but Ms. Glad allows both characters ample time to get to know one another. It was even more interesting to see how the science fiction elements of the plot were woven into the scenes that showcase Sally and Gus’ many differences.

I had a hard time determining exactly when this story was supposed to be set. Whiterock is a charming community that seems to exist in a world whose technology, fashions, and social norms are 20 or 30 years behind what’s happening in the urban environment where Gus lives. It was never quite clear to me if this was a hint about the strange things that sometimes happen in Whiterock or if this tale was set a few decades further into the past than I originally assumed.

Ms. Glad has a smooth writing style that kept me glued to the page way past my bedtime. She has a unique way of sketching out a setting or character by focusing on details that I wouldn’t normally think of when describing them to other people: the sometimes lumpy texture of homemade mashed potatoes or the funny ways people move when their shoes and clothing are soaking wet.This was my first introduction to her work. If it’s any indication of her talent, I can’t wait to hunt down the rest of her books!

Improbable Solution is a seamless blend of science fiction and romance that I’d recommend equally to fans of either genre.

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