Popsugar Reading Challenge 2022 Book 25

This was a hard prompt for me. I don’t really have a favourite author and wanted to make sure that I got to read a book that I already had on my tbr. Book Lovers by Emily Henry is all over bookstagram at the moment. The front cover has quotes from Taylor Jenkins Reid and Colleen Hoover and the back cover includes a quote from Beth O’Leary so that was good enough for me.

What it’s about?

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.

What I think:

A plot twist thet didn’t see coming? Well the readers certainly will! This is rivals to lovers and city girl in a small town all rolled into one.

Nora and Charlie are clearly made for each other so this is just a matter of how and when rather than if.

Nora is a great character. She is professional and driven and kind and thoughtful. The direction of her life has been driven by looking after her family – losing her mother at a young age, she has always cared for her younger sister Libby.

Nora agrees to to spend the summer in Sunshine Falls with Libby as she prepares for the birth if her third child. Nora is a typical city girl in small town – all wrong shoes and no WiFi. Libby puts together a Hallmark style list of ‘girl in a small town’ activities for the summer including saving a local business.

There is a spark between Charlie and Nora from day one. And of course they find themselves working together and bumping into each other all over Sunshine Falls. The dialogue and banter between the two is what makes the book for me. They are witty and clever and spark off each other. As their friendship develops it is clear they are absolutely perfect for each other.

This is absolutely perfect summer romance reading. Great characters – although I would have liked to have seen a bit more from some of the small town residents as I think some quirky fun opportunities were missed – and lots of fun.

This book is a huge best seller and it really is an enjoyable read. If contemporary romance is your thing then believe the hype and add this to your summer reading list.

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