by Emily Henry
Publication Date May 29, 2022
Published by Penguin
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily ∙ Today ∙ Parade ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ PopSugar ∙ Katie Couric Media ∙ Book Bub ∙ SheReads ∙ Medium ∙ and more!
An insightful, delightful new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.
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.
"Emily Henry never fails to deliver ... this may just be her best yet."--Taylor Jenkins Reid
Book Lovers by Emily Henry is a classic enemies to lovers small-town romance, that I just loved. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the narration very much. This bookish book has that perfect balance of romance, humor, and emotion that makes it a perfect read for me.
Nora Stephens is a high-strung, workaholic, literary agent who lives in New York City. She loves her job and lives to help her authors get the best deals, the best contracts and helps them produce the best books. When her sister, Libby asks her to go with her to Sunshine Fall, North Carolina for the month of August. Nora isn’t sure about leaving her clients for an entire month, but August is the slowest month in publishing, so she relents, and packs up her laptop and phone to join her sister in Sunshine Falls.
Nora doesn’t expect to run into her nemesis, Charlie Lastra, and editor she’s bumped heads with back in New York. Turns out that Charlie is from Sunshine Falls and she can’t escape him and his family. But as they spend more time together, they find out they might have more in common than they are different.
So much to love about this bookish book. First is the relationship between Nora and her sister, Libby. Nora had to care for her younger sister after their mother left and even though Libby is now grown, married with 2 kids and another on the way, Nora can’t help but worry about her little sister.
Next is the humor. I love the banter between Nora and Charlie and it’s the little quips between them that just had me laughing out loud. The way they talk to each other is how I knew they were meant for each other. Much of the humor is subtle, and I would have to stop the recording and go back, just to listen to the lines again because the humor is quick, but oh so good!
And of course the romance! Nora and Charlie are both a bit cynical, a bit sarcastic, and a lot attracted to each other. Their banter is some of the best I’ve read recently, and when they are together, it’s just magic. Nora is a bit high-strung and intense on her own, but her relationship with her sister and Charlie softens her up and makes her a very sympathetic character.
I listened to Book Lovers and enjoyed the narration immensely. Julia Whelan does an excellent job with all the different character voices and had just the right amount of inflection and emotion.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry counts towards my 2022 Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Caffeinated Reviewer. (click on the image below to learn more about this challenge)
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