Review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Title: Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry
Source: Library
Genre: Romance, Cozy Bookstores, Love and publishing
Summary: 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.

When you read an Emily Henry book in large print format all that means is 1) your eyes are getting worse and darnit you should get your booty to wherever you want to buy glasses from and buy them and 2) you now have more surface to cover with TEARS when she makes you CRY YOUR EYES OUT.

Seriously. So many tears. How does this writer pull these emotions out of me every single time. At this point, I basically pick up one of her books, and pick up a box of kleenex at the same time.

I wish I could be a little bit more like Nora, but I am a Libby. I love out loud, I love with all that I can be and am, and I am completely unreserved and I adore a good love story. Also, if I ever get around to being published I need someone like Nora on my side. She is seriously one of my favourite characters in any book I’ve read in the last couple years. That could be because my heart is thawing out post covid, but who knows.

And do not get me started on Charlie. I loved Charlie from the first time he appeared on the page and decided to be a bit of a dick. (I have a type ok, I dig snark.)

And the small town, that you want to escape from because everyone knows you and knows your business and therefore you can never change. Story of my life. (I don’t live in that town anymore, I also don’t date people from or near that town. And it wasn’t even Sunshine Falls small, just crazily networked.)

New York City is a character in this, and it is a zany, fun, magic filled city, but Sunshine Falls isn’t without it’s own little charms, mainly a bookstore and a cast of amusing characters.

Take my word for it, this book is awesome. Pick up a copy, you won’t regret it.


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