Georgie, All Along
by Kate Clayborn
Publication Date January 24, 2023
Published by Kensington
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Genres: Fiction / Friendship, 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.***
Longtime personal assistant Georgie Mulcahy has made a career out of putting others before herself. When an unexpected upheaval sends her away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, Georgie must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page.
But then Georgie comes across a forgotten artifact--a "friendfic" diary she wrote as a teenager, filled with possibilities she once imagined. To an overwhelmed Georgie, the diary's simple, small-scale ideas are a lifeline--a guidebook for getting started on a new path.
Georgie's plans hit a snag when she comes face to face with an unexpected roommate--Levi Fanning, onetime town troublemaker and current town hermit. But this quiet, grouchy man is more than just his reputation, and he offers to help Georgie with her quest. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side--if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back.
Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn is an adorable, charming story that I just loved. Kate Clayborn is an auto-buy author for me; once again, she did not disappoint!
Georgie Mulcahy is a personal assistant to a wealthy, Hollywood producer, until the day she is out of a job because her boss has decided to change her own life. Instead of finding a new PA job in Los Angeles, Georgie decides to move back home, to a small town in Virginia, to help her best friend, Bel, who is almost ready to give birth to her first baby.
When Georgie arrives at her parent’s house, she meets an unexpected roommate, Levi Fanning, older brother to her high school crush, Evan Fanning. Georgie’s parents are on the road in an RV discovering America and allow Levi to stay at their home, while his home is being renovated, in return for taking care of the place. They must have forgotten that Levi would be living in the house when their daughter got home… Or did they?
Levi Fanning is the black sheep of his family and doesn’t speak to them anymore. He misses his brother Evan and his sister, Olivia, but knows he can’t contact them ever again after the incident. He was a troublemaker in his youth, and the town has a long memory. He now has his own home and his own business as he tries to fix his reputation.
I was looking forward to this one very much and I was not disappointed at all. The author knows how to create relatable characters who I can’t help but root for. Georgie is just delightful, she’s energetic, funny, and a force of nature. She can make anyone’s life easier, except for her own life.
Levi is closed off, sullen and unapproachable due to his tumultuous childhood. He’s been taught not to believe in himself, and yet he tries so hard to erase the sins of his past. Underneath, he has a soft heart and a kind soul, but it takes a lot to get to it. And his soft heart is unmistakable when he interacts with his adorable dog, Hank, who is the current love of his life.
Georgie and Levi are opposites, he’s grumpy and she’s an optimist, but they balance each other out and need each other more than they believe they do at first. Each of them needs to grow and figure out their lives, but they are able to lean on each other while they do that.
This story is heartwarming, charming, and emotional, and everything I love in a romance. I can’t recommend this book enough.
I highly recommend Georgie, All Along 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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