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EMILY HENRY

 

Book Lovers (2022)

 

Literary agent Nora meets book editor Charlie when he disses her author Dusty Fielding’s latest project. Her pregnant sister, Libby, is exhausted and persuades Nora to join her on a vacation in Sunshine Falls, the location of Dusty’s novel. And lo and behold but who she should bump into in town – only Charlie whose family runs the struggling book store.
With tongue in cheek, this story plays on a number of small-town tropes – saving a business, local love interest. And it has all the snarky banter that you expect from Emily Henry. In fact, this is my favourite book of the author’s to date. 7/10


 

You and Me on Vacation (2021)

 

Poppy and Alex met at college and discovered they were from the same town in Ohio. Sharing a car ride home one time, they realised how well they got on despite their differences – she’s loud, talkative and has wanderlust, whereas he’s neat, lives for routine and likes the quiet life.
Once Poppy became a travel writer, she took Alex, who returned to their hometown as a teacher, away on a holiday each summer. But two years ago, they stopped talking to one another and now Poppy is missing him and wants to suggest another trip. Will he be up for it? And will they ever get around to expressing their true feelings for one another?
From the moment of their college ride home, this story gave off some When Harry Met Sally vibes, which the author acknowledges at the end. Poppy and Alex were such adorable characters and I really loved how their relationship was portrayed – probably not surprisingly since that movie is my all-time favourite. Overall, it’s a charming and sentimental read which wraps up with a life-affirming message. 7/10


 

Beach Read (2020)

 

Recently dumped romance writer January is upset when she discovers her late father had a love nest with another woman. The Michigan beach house has been left to January, so she heads out there and finds herself living next door to Gus, an author of dark literary fiction who doesn’t believe in happy endings. To shake things up, they decide to write in each other’s genres.
The chemistry and banter between the two authors were an absolute highlight and the first half of the book was shaping up as a highly entertaining read. However, it was more character-driven than plot-driven, and there is only so many times you can go over the same emotional baggage without much else happening. 6/10


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