- Publisher: Berkley
- Published: May 3, 2022
- Paperback: 398 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2
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.
I’m a fan of Emily Henry after reading a couple of her books now. They are feel-good beach reads, and we all need those in ours lives to lighten the load of our minds.
This one takes a New Yorker and dumps her into small town America. It not only follows the trope, but makes fun of the trope at the same time. It was both interesting and funny to read about the life of a literary agent and editor. (Oh, to have an editor like this… I even had my editor read this book, hoping he’d get some ideas on how to deliver feedback!)
For the entire book, I imagined Trent Crimm (James Lance|Ted Lasso) as Charlie – perfect fit if ever a limited series or movie. So, if you read this book, think about that. (And you’re welcome!)
And I give this book 4.5 stars ONLY because the nickname ‘Sissy’ made me want to scream.
Another winner from Emily Henry.
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