🎧 Book Lovers by Emily Henry #EmilyHenry @justjuliawhelan @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #GIVEAWAY

Posted May 8, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 42 Comments

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🎧 Book Lovers by Emily Henry #EmilyHenry @justjuliawhelan @PRHAudio  #LoveAudiobooks #GIVEAWAYBook Lovers by Emily Henry
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published by Penguin Audio on May 3, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hours, 23 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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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.

There are many reasons to love reading.  Book Lovers has them all.  A romance with realistic people and issues make what I call life fiction.  I relate to Nora completely.  She loves fiercely and selflessly to hold her family together and the memories.  She does everything to protect, help and make her sister, Libby happy.   To do so, she holds herself together and to the highest standards.

Libby is now an adult, happily married and expecting her third child.  She wants Nora to have a life, other than work, and convinces her to take a trip.   The trip is to a very small town in North Carolina (near Ashville) where one of Nora’s author’s books is set.  Libby even makes a list.  Nora tries so hard to do everything on the list for Libby and finds herself struggling with trying to do it all.  She’s working her job remotely, doing lists things with Libby and her feelings break out as Libby has a health issue and gets mad at her for taking a phone call after 5.

Nora also finds a book editor, Charlie, she has tried to work with in the past, here in the small town.  They start up a crazy text conversation. Then they end up working together on her author’s latest book.  Their discussions and feelings about the book fill their days and it’s fun. As they dissect and edit the book character and her feelings,  their personal feelings get discussed. Charlie begins helping her with some of her sisters’ list items like camping and skinny dipping.

So there are books, a bookish job or two or three, family dramas, past relationships,  big city restaurants and attractions,  small town quirks with the big outdoors, plenty of ideas to race through the mind and a flood of feelings to capture your heart.


Julia Whelan is a favorite narrator and I pick books because she is narrating.  Her voices for both male and female characters feels right.   Her performance had the emotional authenticity which made listening such a pleasure.  I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE



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About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a screenwriter, life-long actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. While in England, her flirtation with tea blossomed into a full-blown love affair, culminating in her eventual certification as a tea master. When not writing her own books, you can find her reading other people’s out loud into a microphone.

About Emily Henry

Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

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Posted May 8, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 42 Comments

42 responses to “🎧 Book Lovers by Emily Henry

  1. Sounds like there are a lot of power dynamics in this novel. I haven’t been reading as much lately but may give this one a go.

  2. Jen

    This one sounds so cute and I’ve got it on my “maybe someday list.” I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I love books with book-centric characters!

  3. I loved Emily Henry’s Beach Read and can’t wait to read this one. It sounds so good! 🙂

  4. Renee G

    I haven’t read her books before – but will keep my open next time I’m out shoppinng.

  5. Vanessa M

    I’ve read The People We Meet on Vacation and I really like her writing style. I also think she’s so funny!

  6. Maria S

    Yes, I read and loved her Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation. I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

    Thanks so much!