What We’re Reading: Book Lovers

Mamas, we LOVE a fun rom-com novel anytime but especially in the summer. It’s the perfect type of book to read poolside, on the beach or even in your bathroom while you hide out from the kids for a moment of peace.

Emily Henry’s new book titled Book Lovers is just what we love this time of year. (We were first introduced to Emily Henry’s work with the book Beach Read, which Shannon and I both also adored.) What we love about this new novel is that it’s about characters who love books just as much as we do. They are both in the publishing industry and both leery of falling in love for different reasons.

We also love the way this book refuses to take itself (or the romance genre) too seriously. It pokes a little fun here and there but it never undermines the power and magic of a great love story. The dialogue in this book practically crackles with tension.

As soon as I read the first few paragraphs of dialogue in the book, I knew I was most likely going to love it. And I did. Hope you love it, too!

Here’s a brief summary from the novel’s Amazon page:

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.