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Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published by Penguin Audio on May 3, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hours, 23 minutes
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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.
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New print copy of Book Lovers by Emily Henry. (US only)
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