Author: Emily Henry
Genre & Tags: Contemporary, Romance, Humour, Books about Books, Hate to Love, Family, Sisters
Steam: Open Door
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
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Synopsis: One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
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“A week ago,” I say, “I liked you so much I would have wanted to try to make this work.” …. “But now I think I might love you too much for that.”-Book Lovers, Emily Henry
My Rating: ★★★★★
Thank you to NetGalley, Emily Henry, and Penguin for the DRC of Book Lovers.
Oh, my gosh, I was completely undone by this book! It was so beautiful. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to read it.
The setting, the banter, the relationships, the expressions of love for books, everything was just fabulous.
Book Lovers is more like Beach Read so if you enjoyed that you will likely enjoy this one but let me tell you, Book Lovers is better.
Book Lovers takes the smalltown romance trope and flips it for the city people without losing any of the magic. We still get the quirks and jokes that you’d expect from something like Gilmore Girls but also the style and energy of something like Sex and the City (minus the sex talk).
As with Henry’s other books, there’s a focus on familial relationships and how the pain from our youth influences our decisions as adults. It was an absolute joy to go on this journey with these characters as they overcame their issues without compromising who they intrinsically are.
And the love story? Oh, the love story is one of the most beautiful I have ever read. Probably the most beautiful! I honestly can’t think of one I prefer.
I mentioned this above but I just want to say again, the banter in this is fabulous. Reminiscent of Lorelai and Rory in Gilmore Girls or Annie and Lillian in Bridesmaids. It’s zappy, zingy and so much fun.
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