Published by Berkley
Published: May 3, 2022
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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.
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When I read Emily Henry’s Beach Read I was interested in her story telling. When I read People We Meet on Vacation I was invested in her story telling. When I read Book Lovers, I was in love with her story telling! I honestly didn’t think I would love anything more than Poppy and Alex’s story in People We Meet, and then she had to introduce us to Charlie and Nora. The love I feel for this book is just so hard to even describe.
Book Lovers is the story of Nora Stephens, a book agent from New York, that loves books but is not what she would consider the right type of heroine in one. She is fierce and loyal to her clients and cutthroat to get them what they deserve. And she would also do anything for her little sister, Libby. So when Libby wants to go to the town from a book that one of Nora’s clients wrote, Nora agrees because she would do anything for her sister. Including a list of things Libby thinks Nora needs to loosen her up. But what Nora never expected in Sunshine Falls was Charlie Lastra. Nora and Charlie have been fighting since they met. But as they spend more time together The woman that thinks she is no heroine and the man that thinks he is no hero might just learn they can be those things to each other by rewriting their stories.
Truth me told, I did not expect to cry reading the last 20% of Book Lovers and yet here we are. I loved Nora and Charlie so much I can’t even find the words! They were the perfect pairing and brought so much joy to my reading experience. They bickered and teased and just really understood each other. But this book was about even more than their romance and that is what endeared me to the story. It was about grief and the panic of loss and being left behind. It was about not really feeling like you fit somewhere. It was about family and love and responsibilities. It was about life and I loved every minute of it!It was everything I wanted in an Emily Henry book and more.
Book Lovers is a journey you will love from beginning to end. Nora and Charlie will grip your heart and hold on to it and if you are like me you will find yourself crying in the end as they both grow and change and rewrite their stories. Basically pick up this book. That is all you need to know.