This month’s New Adult releases seem to be filled with angst and despair. New Adult is defined by vicissitudes of life; these books highlight the transitions and growth experienced by all characters. But, of course, what’s life without some funny moments to break up the tension. I laughed, I cried but overall these books brought on some major feels. What stood out for me was the support these characters were able to find in unlikely places and the independence that it spurred.
A tale of love and loss, Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo finds the right balance between the two. After losing both of her parents, Amberlyn follows her late mother’s advice and travels to Ireland to live with an aunt and uncle she’s never met. Trying to work past her grief and find a new path in life, she tends bar at the family pub. While seeking solitude, Amberlyn encounters Declan, heir to the O’Callaghan Distillery and local royalty known popularly as the “Whiskey Prince,” and a connection is made. Declan is a bit of a recluse due to a traumatic event involving his sister. He finally comes out of his shell when his parents hand him an ultimatum, get married or lose the Distillery. Set against the backdrop of Ireland, this story brings two people together who need each other to start their next journey in life.