The Third Thing
A Novel by Sirkka Smith
Love. Friendship. Weird Birds.
Xiomara (Xo for short) relaunches her artistic career with a bang—or rather, a crash—when she moves to the small mountain town of Lingen to paint birds. She’s determined to get her life back on course by pursuing what she loves, and she is sure that can be accomplished with a practical approach. But love is hard to reason with, and people are even harder for this socially-awkward woman to figure out.
Elliot is an unassuming photographer who is smitten when Xo disrupts his quiet existence. His penchant for attracting disaster has left him scarred by his past and tongue-tied when it comes to revealing his growing feelings for her. But this shy, unlikely hero can’t help trying to protect her from anything that could harm her—including his closest friend.
Can Xo and Elliot find love in spite of themselves? Or will Elliot’s past destroy their chances?
This slow-burn, old-fashioned yet modern-day romance features quirky characters, a dash of suspense and adventure in the mountains, and a unique perspective on love, friendship, and sacrifice.