June 3, 2022
Genre/Categories: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, RomCom, Rural/Small Town North Carolina
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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!
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.
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
Meet the Author, Emily Henry
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