Thursday, May 12, 2022

Review - - Book Lovers

Book Lovers
by Emily Henry
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Reviewed by Santa

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.

Santa Says:

Book Lovers by Emily Henry is the first book I have read from this author and I say with the utmost confidence that this five star read will not be my last. It is not your every day rom-com even though the author liberally peppered with all the elements you would typically find in both the written and screen throughout the book. All that is missing are snowball fights and hot chocolate which makes sense since it takes place in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina! Great name - right! 

Nora Stephans and her sister, Libby, agree to go on a girl’s trip for a whole month. Nora is the Type A older sibling who is driven to work hard at her job as a literary agent. She is always on. Libby is more the care free dreamer who is happily married with 2 kids and another one on the way. It takes alot for Nora to just get up and leave her clients but this means an opportunity for the sisters to reconnect. 

Armed with a list of small town activities, Libby is determined to get Nora to have some fun and, in true rom com fashion, have Nora fall in love with a lumberjack working to save the family Christmas tree farm. We don’t get the lumberjack right away. 

What we do get is Charlie Lastra, a transplanted editor Nora met two years earlier. He hated her client’s book and so ended their association. They meet again and again while she is in Sunshine Falls. He is there to help his parent’s struggling bookstore as his father recovers from an illness. Charlie has a way of getting Nora to shed her layers. He opens up to her in equal measure. Like any great editor it’s not about changing the work as much as helping peel away unnecessary verbiage that bogs down the piece. Charlie’s openness and acceptance of what makes Nora who she is really makes his character and this book so wonderful. He really sees her.  

To say this is a typical rom com would be an understatement. It’s not just Nora and Charlie’s story. It’s Libby and her family. It’s Sunshine Falls and the little bookstore we all love. Book Lovers has all those elements that make a rom com sing with witty banter, laugh out loud moments and sigh worthy tender ones. I think you are going to love this book. I know I did and can’t wait to read more books by Emily Henry.



  1. A book about books plus - sounds good.

  2. I enjoyed Emily Henry's previous two books and am looking forward to this one!

  3. Y'all have done it again. Introduced me to a new author who is someone I know I will enjoy. This does sound like a fun story. Thanks so much for the review. Hope everyone is happy.

  4. I'm so happy to hear this! Have a great weekend!

  5. Thank s so much for the review and the recommendation. It sounds like an interesting and enjoyable book.

  6. Great review! This is my favorite Emily Henry book so far