Author : Emily Henry
Published on : May 3, 2022
Publisher : Berkley Books
Genre : Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
*Thanks to PRH for providing a free digital review copy via NetGalley
and to LibroFM for the ALC. This did not affect my overall opinion of the book.
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.
„Sometimes, even when you start with the last page, and you think you know everything, a book finds a way to surprise you.“
Nora Stephens is a literally agent in New York City. She considers herself as the villain in her own romance story. She has been dumped a couple of times for being the cold-hearted and emotionless girlfriend. She focuses on her job and her sister. She practically raised Libby and she will do anything for her. That’s why when Libby begs her for a month-long sisters‘ trip to a small town called Sunshine Falls, she cannot say no. Libby plans everything and even created a checklist of things for them to do. Just like in small town romance novels, Libby just wants Nora to find her own perfect romance. Nora sticks to the plan but she never expected bumping into Charlie Lestra, an editor from back in the city and a person she doesn’t like.
Nora is a complex and very relatable character especially if you’re an older sister such as myself. I admired her dedication to her job and to books. Libby is also a wonderful sister. I liked how they treasure the memories of their late mother. Charlie come off as arrogant but he is just misunderstood by people. He’s sweet and also dedicated. Alex (People We Meet on Vacation) was my favorite Henry’s love interest until Charlie came.
The chemistry between Nora and Charlie was palpable. I loved their banter and humour. They’re both grumpy, sarcastic, and straight-forward. Both responsible, loyal, and love their families so much. They encourage, compliment, and bring out the best in each other. They’re just so perfect together. At times I found myself smiling (or grinning) while reading their scenes. Henry’s writing is so good and she writes real characters that readers can relate to. Also, I listened to the audiobook and Julia Whelan did an incredible job bringing Nora and the story to life.
The first Henry book I read was Beach Read and I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. I still picked up People We Meet on Vacation and ended up loving it. But this book! I enjoyed and loved it so much that I had to give it 5 stars! It’s my very first 5-star read this year so it definitely means a lot to me. There’s really nothing left for me to say anymore except read this book if you have a chance.