Book Lovers [Book Review]

June 3, 2022

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (cover) Image: a young man and woman sit back to back on separate hassocks reading books .....the woman hands the man a book

Genre/Categories: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, RomCom, Rural/Small Town North Carolina

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My Summary:

Nora (in a nod to Nora Ephron) is a competitive and aggressive literary agent and loves the big city. Nora’s sister Libby convinces Nora that they need a girls’ vacation to small-town Sunshine Falls, North Carolina where Nora can be the heroine in her own (Hallmark) romance. Instead of running into a handsome country doctor, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie, a book editor she knows from the city. What’s he doing in this small, rural town? Their accidental meetings are not meet-cute but they are thrown together again and again. Plot twist!

My Thoughts:

If you’re an avid reader like me, your interests might be piqued by any book that has “book” in the title!

Although I don’t read or review a great deal of chick-lit, I think Book Lovers will receive a lot of buzz this summer, so I want to share my thoughts. in case you are loading up your beach bag.

If you’ve read Beach Read or People We Meet on Vacation, you might be aware of Emily Henry and her popular romances that are characterized by witty banter.

Main Characters: a book editor and a literary agent….right away we are intrigued with these bookish people! An enemies-to-lovers trope is usually highly entertaining and this story doesn’t disappoint!

Writing: Emily Henry writes writty banter with the best of them. In fact, I got lost in some of it and it occurred to me that she might be trying too hard. On a positive note, the writing is fast-paced and serves to move the story along at a brisk pace. Lots of bookish references to enjoy!

Romance: In addition to the romance, Book Lovers has a thoughtful sisters theme which adds substance to the story. It’s also meta in that it’s a story about sisters deliberately staging a tried and true romcom trope (a big city person meets a local and finds true love) only to have that actually happen in the most unexpected way. There is some “steam” in this occasionally open-door romance. These parts are easily skimmed or skipped if that’s not to your taste.

Book Lovers is Recommended for readers who enjoy witty banter and romcoms, for those looking for an engaging and fast-paced beach read, and for fans of women’s fiction (chick-lit). I’ve read all three Emily Henry books and Beach Read (her debut) edges out the others as my favorite.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry (cover) Image: a graphic picture of a young man and young woman sitting back to back on separate hassocks reading their books while handing a book back toward the other

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Meet the Author, Emily Henry

Author Emily HenryEmily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Center for Art &; Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.


Is Book Lovers on your TBR or in your beach bag?

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  1. I do enjoy a good Bookish, book. I just got the audiobook of this one from the library, so I am looking forward to listening to it while floating in the pool. I like the idea of a sister storyline as well. Great review, Carol.

  2. Just picked this up from the library and read it this week– good, but I liked People You Meet on Vacation more– maybe it was all the travel involved. But I do love a happy ending so they both checked that box!

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