Review – Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Posted May 9, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 18 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Book Lovers by Emily HenryBook Lovers by Emily Henry
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published by Penguin Audio on May 3, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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four-stars

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.

I really enjoyed this book! I have read a couple of Emily Henry’s young adult titles but haven’t had a chance to read any of her books written for an adult audience before picking up this book. I am now officially a fan of her adult titles in addition to her young adult novels. I had hoped that this would be a fun listen and it certainly was. I was completely entertained by this wonderful and often funny romance.

This story was filled with books, banter, fantastic characters, and romance. Is that a perfect combination or what? Nora is a literary agent and in the story of her life, she tends to be the woman that loses the guy. She is having a very bad day when she meets Charlie. Charlie is an editor and he doesn’t impress Nora any when he turns down the novel she is trying to sell. Fast forward a couple of years and Nora goes along with her sister to spend a month in the small town of Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, which just happens to be Charlie’s hometown.

Nora and Charlie were perfect together. They had so much in common and seemed to understand each other in a way nobody else did. Their first impression was not a great one so they really had to warm up to each other. The banter between them was absolutely fantastic. I had no idea that this book was going to actually make me laugh but it did and I couldn’t be happier about it. Charlie and Nora had a lot of responsibilities to work through and I loved getting to see them navigate their way towards a happily ever after.

Julie Whelan is one of my favorite narrators so I was very excited to see that she was reading this book. She did a great job in bringing these characters to life. She has a very pleasant voice and I thought that the voices she used for both the male and female characters sounded natural. I would definitely recommend grabbing the audio for this book if at all possible.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a wonderfully written story that left a big smile on my face. I cannot wait to read more of this talented author’s work.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

About Emily Henry

Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read. She studied creative writing at Hope College, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

18 responses to “Review – Book Lovers by Emily Henry

  1. Books and banter really is a fantastic combination, and I think Henry is the queen of fantastic banter. I never appreciated it in her YA books, but it shines in her adult offerings.