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book lovers

By Emily Henry

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.

★★★★★

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my review

Emily Henry can do no wrong! 

This book was actually my introduction to the Emily Henry world and the second I finished it I had to read Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation immediately! 

Being that it was the first EmHen book I read, it will always hold a special place in my heart, as will Charlie and Nora. 

As an avid Hallmark movie watcher, this book gave everything it needed to give and more! While I enjoy the cheesy Hallmark tropes, Book Lovers answered every question I'm usually left with after watching a Hallmark movie. 

Seeing the opposite side of those relationships, with a career oriented woman as the lead, made it all the better! Nora Stephens knows what she wants out of life and she isn't going to let anything sway her from that path, least of all a man. I loved that Charlie didn't try to change Nora. He loved her even more because of her determination and independence. 

Charlie Lastra definitely entered my ultimate book boyfriend list. He was perfectly flawed and the other half that complimented Nora's character so well. I adored their witty banter and really enjoyed reading about two main characters that were equally independent, career-driven, and "cold-hearted" in a sense. 

I also really enjoyed Nora and Libby's relationship as sisters. It showed the struggles of being an older sister but also the joy you get out of it. As both an older and younger sister, this book had my heart aching at times and definitely brought a tear to my eye once or twice! There is truly nothing in this world like a sister bond! 

The banter in this book was top notch. Emily Henry always delivers on her banter but this book blows all the others out of the water. I seriously could read her character's conversations all day long. 

If you are looking for a book that features a strong FMC, a fun small town, and banter that rivals that of Gilmore Girls in wit and entertainment, Book Lovers is the book for you! 

Quotes from the book

"Is there anything better than iced coffee and a bookstore on a sunny day? I mean, aside from hot coffee and a bookstore on a rainy day.."

- Emily Henry, Book Lovers

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