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.