New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan
Release Date - May 11, 2021
During the pandemic, I have spent hours with Spotify catching me up on all of the Broadway musicals I could find. "Come From Away" is one of my favorites, and it came to mind while reading New Girl in Little Cove.
After her father's death and her boyfriend does something completely unthinkable, Rachel O'Brien accepts a job in a very small town in Newfoundland. She's going to be the French teacher at a Catholic high school. We won't mention that while she was raised Catholic, she's not much of a church-going one. After all, what the school doesn't know won't hurt them.
In Little Cove, Rachel isn't quite sure what to make of this town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Worse, she can't make heads or tails of their take on the English language. She's already struggling to teach French to students who don't care, but when she has teens calling her names she doesn't know, it's even worse.
The one bright spot in Rachel's life is another new teacher. Doug is charming, sexy, and one of the best parts of her move to Newfoundland. There's one big problem. Doug has a girlfriend.
New Girl in Little Cove is set in the 1980s, so readers do need to be prepared for some of the differences between now and then. You didn't have cell phones. Computers were newer. Reading books you got at the library, listening to cassette tapes, etc. were the things teens did at the time.
I loved this story. It doesn't rush from one issue to the next. It doesn't come off as unrealistic or forced. It's a well-written, absorbing story of starting over.
Damhnait Monaghan made me fall in love with Little Cove. I already decided that Newfoundland sounds like a charming place to call home after reading the true story behind "Come From Away." This book secured that belief. I would love it there.