One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.
Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That’s why Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.
She’s no heroine. He’s no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?
I must say this at first: please do not compare getting a job promotion to a woman’s water breaking 🙄 it is very disrespectful considering they are Nothing alike. I should know taking zero help and having a quick labour due to my body’s physical strength and non-lack of laziness and excuses!
Anyways, at first I felt as if this novel was trying too hard, the writing style with all of its jokes it can get annoying for anyone. However I powered on and began to really enjoy it. I found this to be a cosy read. So you know those films that are always on the Christmas channel they seem to be the same one on repeat with different characters; high power career person has to go to small town for a particular task and they are so out of place and they end up falling in love with the place and falling for some widower and break up with their city-life partner? That city-life bitch in this case is our main character Nora.
Except, when Nora has to go to a small town as a favour for her sister Libby she ends up getting her own version as well not just her exes!
Nora is working in publishing and has been in contact with Charlie who I believe is also doing a similar role to Nora. It turns out he lives in this random small-town that Libby has choose! This novel becomes hilarious as they both have to not hate each other whilst Nora is completing Libby’s small-town bucket list that Charlie has put a bet for Nora to do to get her incentive for Libby’s sake (which Libby does not know about of course)
Elements of this novel reminds me of my favourite shows such as Gilmore Girls with the Town Hall meeting on getting someone to change their business name and it made me laugh out loud.
An element I did not like, the erotic scenes towards the end. That’s just an ick for a novel in my opinion there are ways to be classy about it.
The novels ending was a little bit too expected as indeed like the Christmas channel films it was a bit tacky and expected.
Overall I did at times feel like giving this a higher rating by one point but the last 70 pages was dragging and a bigger let down but the rest of this read was more enjoyable. The cover is what sold me. In the day and age of marketing and how a product looks is how it is sold, it does matter how the cover looks and that is what attracted me to read this but I will definitely check out Henry’s other works.