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The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh | Book ReviewThe Drake Equation by Heather Walsh
Published by Self Published on October 10th, 2013
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher

She’s a Democrat, he’s a Republican. She spends her days fighting global warming at an environmental non-profit, he makes his living doing PR for Bell Motors and their fleet of SUVs. But as soon as they meet, Emily Crossley and Robert Drake realize they have encountered their intellectual match.

You’re never challenged, he tells her. You’ve surrounded yourself in a cocoon of people who think exactly the same way you do. She hurls the same accusation back at him, and the fiery debates begin.

Despite both of their attempts to derail it, there is no denying that they are falling in love. But their relationship is threatened by political differences, Robert’s excessive work hours, and Emily’s fear of losing her identity as she falls deeper in love. Can their love survive?

The Drake Equation is a tale of modern love and all its complexities.


The thing about romance novels is that they can be so predictable. You know that the main characters are going to end up together in the end, even though there was something that separated them halfway the story. Yes this did happen in The Drake Equation, but I found that I couldn’t just compare it to the typical Romance Novel.

I found it very hard to get into the story at first. The book is focussed on the environment and there’s a lot of political talk going on, some issues discussed I had no idea what they were talking about. Now, I have to be honest since I am not that politically involved (I don’t live in America and the Dutch political systems just works differently, I do try to follow what’s happening politic wise  in America but I’m probably missing lots of things) and environment wise, well obviously I do care but I’ve never really focussed on it . I am not the person to back off once there are some things being discussed that I don’t have much knowledge about so I continued and found that I’d finished it in a weekend! Aside from that, I learned quite some new things while reading this book.

When Robert came into play, I was really pleasantly surprised! Because the dialogue in this novel is amazing! There were lots of conversations, and serious discussions. Aside from those Heather Walsh managed to make those arguments playful which is what made the book such a fun read for me. Emily and Robert are real and they grow with the relationship as it progresses. There is quite some character development as well, which I always like (flat characters are just not that interesting…).

When Heather Walsh contacted me to ask whether I was interested in reviewing her book, she mentioned to me that this book was her homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Which I can see once I’d read this, I can’t quite put my finger on it yet but there is an aspect in The Drake Equation that had me thinking back to reading and enjoying Pride and Prejudice. My best guess would be the dialogue! Because Emily reminded me a little bit of Elizabeth. I love to see people inspired by Jane Austen’s work!

I wasn’t really sure on what rating to give this book. In the end I decided on a solid 3,5. The quirky, playful and witty conversations is what made this book for me. The only reason that this didn’t get a 4 star rating from me is that sometimes the political aspect of this book was just a bit too heavy for me.

All in all, this is a fun and good read! A Romance novel that was a little bit more than your average romance novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Drake Equation.