Better than Fiction
by Alexa Martin
Publication Date November 8, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
***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.***
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Love isn’t always by the book in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story.
As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn’t anticipate inheriting her grandma’s bookstore, the Book Nook. She’s in way over her head even before the shop’s resident book club, comprising seven of the naughtiest old ladies ever, begin to do what they do best—meddle.
Bestselling author Jasper Williams is a hopeless romantic. When he meets Drew at his Book Nook signing event, he becomes determined to show her the beauty of reading. He curates a book bucket list in exchange for her help exploring the local Denver scene for his current manuscript. From going river rafting to trying local restaurants, Drew begins to connect with Jasper in a way she only thought happened in fiction.
When messy family ties jeopardize the future of the Book Nook, Drew is caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. She’s reminded that real life isn’t always big dreams and sweeping romance. But Jasper is the plot twist she never saw coming and he’s writing a happily ever after just for them.
Better than Fiction by Alexa Martin is a charming bookish book about a woman who inherits a small bookstore from her grandmother. I enjoyed this heartwarming romantic comedy very much.
Drew Young just inherited her Grandmothers bookshop, The Book Nook. Unfortunately, Drew is not a book lover. Why read the book when the movie is so much better? She remembers how much her Grandmother loved the story and she has wonderful memories of hanging out with her in the store.
Drew encounters a book club that has been around almost as long as the store and the women in the club are interfering and bossy. But, Drew doesn’t mind as they remind her of her Grandmother. Hopeless romantic and bestselling author Jasper Williams comes to The Book Nook for a signing, and when he learns that Drew doesn’t like to read, he makes it his mission to turn her into a bookworm.
I loved the concept of a nonreader inheriting a bookstore, and it worked wonderfully in this story. The book club ladies were an added bonus as they added some humor and heart to the story. Jasper is a dream hero, and his love of book and romance really endeared him to me. I enjoyed all the adventures that Drew and Jasper went on, as I’ve been to some of the places they visited.
Drew seems to be a bit of a mess at first, but as the story moves on, I realized that she has so much to give and she became one of my favorite characters. She didn’t need to grow or change, she just needed to realize how to harness the talents that are deep inside her. In the beginning, Drew and Jasper seem very incompatible, but as we learn more about each of these characters, they are much more alike than what it seems in the beginning.
I highly recommend Better Than Fiction to anyone who enjoys fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I have been waiting for your review on this one. It sounds great!
Fab review! I’ve been curious about this one, and you’ve convinced me to add it to my wishlist now.
It was so much better than I expected. I hope you like it when you get to it!
I’ve been seeing this book a lot! You’ve convinced me to add it to my tbr. I’m so intrigued by the idea of a nonreader owning a bookstore. 🙂 Great review!
This sounds like such a lovely story. I do love a bookish book ❤️
I love the sound of this book, great review 😊
This story sounds so charming. You always find the coziest books.
I like this idea and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this. Amazing review, Wendy!
Great plot setup!
I totally want to read this one. But then, there is a bookstore in it, and a romance! 😀
Seems like a sweet read – great review!
I’ve read this author’s other series but hadn’t really paid attention to it. I kind of skipped over it. I just read your review and now I really want to read it!
Oh to inherit a book shop! 😀
Sounds like a book that “bookish” me would love. Thanks for the review!
That’s certainly interesting. A non reader perhaps starting to love books through the store. Lovely review, Wendy.
Our first response was gasping that someone likes the movie better than the book! We love the idea of an adorable bookstore romance.
Yes, its quite a funny premise!
This sounds good. Great review!
Wonderful review Wendy. This one sounds so awesome. I’m going to see if I can find this now!🤗📚☕💜
Books about books, womderful!
This does sound like a good one! Great review, Wendy!
Thank you, Cindy
Bookish books are the best, great review!
I agree! Thank you, Rae!
Love the sound of this one!
Thank you, Cathy
This sounds like a lovely read. Great review Wendy.
Thank you, Janette