Do you love books about books? Or the book industry? Or people who love books? Then you need to pick up Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
|Pub Date: 5-3-22|
Adult - Contemporary
Nora Stephens has two priorities in life: her job as a literary agent and her sister. After their mother died, Nora shouldered every burden so her sister, Libby, wouldn't have to. She worked multiple jobs and gave up her dreams so her sister could pursue hers instead. Her ambition and drive may have led to her being one of the top agents in her field, but it also left Nora with a reputation for being cold and unfeeling. So when Libby mentions taking a sister's vacation to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, the setting for one of Nora's client's bestselling books, Nora can't say no.
With checklist in hand, Libby has curated the perfect small-town getaway for Nora to become her own rom-com heroine. But instead of falling in love with the town lumberjack, Nora constantly finds herself running into Charlie Lastra, a broody book editor from back home. It would be the perfect bookish meet-cute if only the two hadn't butted heads years before. But when the pair find themselves co-editing a book for a client, it's hard to deny the sparks igniting between them. Neither has had much luck with relationships in the past, but can't help feeling as if their perfect endings could be found in each other if only they're willing to put in the effort.
I've read and loved every one of Emily Henry's adult book so far, so I couldn't wait to pick this up. That said, this was my least favorite of hers so far. It just felt slow. Nora reminded me of Cameron Diaz's character from The Holiday--high-strung and not very in touch with her emotions. Because of that, it took me a minute to warm up to her, but once you learn more about her backstory and everything she's had to shoulder throughout her life, it made sense. Charlie was the sweetest, and I loved him so much. Their relationship was so good and felt very realistic. They're both career-driven and would do anything for their families. It was full of that signature Henry dry, sarcastic banter that's always my favorite part of her books. I liked how it wasn't just a romance, but also touched upon grief, familial bonds, and sacrifices. Despite a slow start, I still really enjoyed this, and it had my heart fluttering by the end.