Why did I choose to read this book?
I read Emily Henry’s Beach Read and wasn’t completely bowled over, and I have her People We Meet on Vacation waiting for me in my office (I bought it during the pandemic and haven’t picked it up yet), but Book Lovers was her most recent and I was able to get it from the library. Perhaps this one would hook me where my first foray left me wanting.
What is this book about?
Two sisters who lost their mother live in New York City. The older sister Nora is a control freak who is always making sure that everyone under her care is ok, oftentimes at her own expense. Her sister decides to take a vacation to the town where her favorite romance novel is set, and hopes that Nora will find her own small town romance away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Twist! An editor that she had a bad run in with once is actually from this town, and in the process of providing her little sister with a good vacation, sparks start to fly with the editor. It’s a story about letting go, being yourself, and knowing what’s right for you and the people you love.
What is notable about the story?
Probably the best thing about the story is the ultimate twist at the end, which I do not want to spoil for you. I’ll just say that Emily Henry takes you on a ride that you don’t realize you’re on until you clank back to the beginning and the safety bars release.
The romance scenes are also hot hot hot in this one. It’s a slow burn, to the point that I yelled “IS THERE EVER GOING TO BE ANY SEX IN THIS NOVEL????” around page 257ish.
Was anything not so great?
This isn’t technically a criticism but (1) I have never felt so personally attacked by a main character in my life other than the character Roy Kent in Ted Lasso and (2) I cried through the last 10% or so because it was so well written and heartwrenching. So the book was great, but the headache I had the morning after I stayed up too late sobbing through the end of this book was not so great.
What’s the verdict?
5 stars on Goodreads, ten times better than Beach Read and definitely one you should pick up if you are a high strung, type A, control freak who needs a vacation and some tender, loving care.
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