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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A gorgeous treat for fans of contemporary romance, His Girl by Maya Deven is a well-written novel with sophisticated characters. When Ava left Buenos Aires, it was after losing the one person she’d learned to love passionately. Coming to Toronto was the only way of starting a new life. She met Paul a year later, the man who became the perfect boyfriend and who invited her to start a family. Everything was perfect until the baby came, then Paul morphed into an angry man. When Paul elopes with a much younger girl, Ava is left alone with her son. And the only way she thinks of restarting is with a trip to Buenos Aires. But then something dramatic happens when she visits one of the places of her past—standing among the dancers is the one person who hated her most and the person she’d never expected to see. Her ex-lover. Can this chance meeting be the start of a new journey where they left off or will Ava leave with still more painful memories?
His Girl is well-plotted and beautifully narrated in the first person narrative voice, allowing the voice of the protagonist to pull the reader in. Maya Deven’s characters are real and elaborately developed. Ava is a character that many readers will identify with. She reminded me of the struggle I had as a young girl in forgetting my ex-lover. The characters have vitality and the author explores the inner conflict in the heart of the protagonist. Characters evolve steadily in the story and the author infuses them with realism and humanity. The setting is beautiful, with locales that are well-painted. I enjoyed the excellent prose, the believable characters, and the strong plot points.