Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Length: 384 pages
Time to read: 3 days
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.
This was my first Emily Henry book so I didn’t quite know what to expect. I read this for my book club, normally I would never gravitate towards a romance, mainly because I don’t enjoy them. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was for me to get into this book.
I loved Nora’s character and relate to her in a lot of ways. As a college grad just entering the workforce work-life balance is something I struggle with and often times I let my work consume me. Some days I find myself taking my work home with me and asking myself why. Nora being described as a shark made her realize how others view her, and it was not someone she wanted to be.
Charlie is the perfect balance of romantic and witty, a classic enemy to lovers plot line made this book enjoyable. For my friends who do not like smut this is a great read for you! I too related to Charlie in that he would do absolutely anything for his family, even if it means sacrificing his happiness.
This book was a pretty quick read, perfect for the summer!
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