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I fell in love with Emily Henry’s writing with You and Me on Vacation like so many others, so when I heard about Book Lovers I could barely contain my excitement.
The latest novel follows a cold literary agent who is just like that character we see in every romance novel, except she’s not the romantic lead. She’s the mean ex-girlfriend who you don’t sympathise with.
Nora Stephens doesn’t have the time to be laidback small town girl. She’s got a career she’s given everything for and a little sister she would move the world for. She’s capable of love, she just doesn’t hand it out to everyone.
She’s talented and she knows it, her clients have books that fly out and sell so well they’re made into films.
So when her heavily pregnant, little sister Libby begs her to go to the town her favourite client’s bestseller is set in she caves.
It’s exactly the type of place you go to and fall in love with a local lumberjack, uprooting your entire life and regretting nothing.
Libby knows this and sets Nora a list. There’s a range of things they just have to do including, for Nora, dating a local.
It’s a massive surprise when Nora spots her nemesis, the editor who turned down working on one of her books minutes after she’d been dumped, Charlie Lastra.
He’s New York City to his core, so finding him tucked away in this small town makes little to no sense to Nora. Charlie might be cute and hail from Sunshine Falls but he’s so far from the assignment that it’s a terrible idea for Nora to go for him when she’s supposed to be chasing brooding lumberjacks who will camp with her in the forest.
But of course, she can’t help but be drawn to Charlie and this secret life he’s had hidden up his sleeve.
Book Lovers is a beautiful homage to eldest sisters everywhere, those who feel the pressure to stand in and mother their younger siblings well into adulthood.
Emily Henry explores familial obligation and at what point you’re giving too much to those you love that it becomes detrimental to your own wellbeing.
I found myself falling for Charlie Lastra, as I’m sure readers everywhere will too. Set against a dreamy small town backdrop is a romance fitting for the big city filled with denial and reluctance to embrace one’s own desires.
Nora isn’t your typical fluffy romantic lead, and it made me wish for her happily ever after even more.
This book has gone straight to my reread pile – although it’s worth noting there is a theme of grief from the loss of a parent for those not wishing to be triggered.
Have you read this? Let me know what you thought in the comments.