North to You follows the rekindling of a romance between Camille and Drew. Camille has to look after her sister on her own after her parents died, and she runs and is head chef of a really popular food truck. That is until her rant at a crappy customer goes viral and no one wants to eat there anymore for fear of being yelled at. Meanwhile, Drew is spending his break from the army helping his dad do up the family restaurant, and trying to reconcile his feelings for Camille when he’s going back tot he army soon and his dad hates her.
This is such a sweet book with second chance love as well as forbidden love. To be honest there isn’t much I feel I can say. I find that a lot with romance novels.
I liked both the main characters, Drew was a soft baby who just wanted to help his family and be there for Camille. And whilst Camille made a few mistakes I loved her for it because she grew from them and had wonderful character development. It was nice to read a novel with Filipino main character as they are few and far between in romance. Especially given the author herself is Filipino, so the book is own voices.
What I did love was the food aspect of this novel, it definitely made me hungry and now I want to try all the food mentioned. Though vegetarian versions of course. I’ve seen so many food truck novels and tv shows with these amazing trucks with such quality food, like in the film Chef, and it just makes me sad because, in Britain, food vans are just not the best quality haha.
I liked the writing style, I was happy to keep reading but I did find myself a bit bored at times. I felt like the pacing could’ve been a bit faster and this took me a long time to read given that it’s a romance novel, which I normally speed through. This is a debut novel, and I’m excited to see how Marcelo’s writing progresses as I definitely plan to read more from her.