Today I recommend: Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St-Onge.

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

This is just an adorable and absolutely lovely graphic novel. All of the illustrations are gorgeous – the love between Hazel and Mari is obvious in their adoring expressions. The story has all of the usual pieces of a good romance – the does she like me or not nerves, the sweet dates, and the heartbreak. It is nice too that the love story focuses on the characters as grandmothers – showcasing the strength that it requires to love and care for a family without giving up on loving and caring for yourself.

Bingo Love is available on Hoopla which can be accessed with your library card and PIN number.

~aw

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