Book Lovers – Emily Henry

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Release Date: May 3, 2022

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation

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.

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I can’t believe I loved Books Lovers as much as I did considering I disliked Beach Read. I picked up Book Lovers because the connection to books and the publishing industry through the main character’s career.

Books Lovers follows Nora and her sister, Libby, as they take a vacation to a small town where a best selling novel was set. They have a checklist of cliche tasks to accomplish, but not all goes to plan when reality comes crashing down.

I instantly connected with Nora. She’s career-focused, driven, and selfless. I loved the insight into her career as an agent and her relentless focus.

One of the criticisms I had of Henry’s Beach Read was that the love interest was barely developed. Fortunately, Charlie’s character is well developed and is more than just a foil to Nora. 

Nora and Charlie are perfectly matched for each other. Both are career driven and misunderstood by everyone around them. They find peace within each other’s company. Though, Book Lovers isn’t the spiciest book I’ve read, it offers tastefully written spicy scenes that focus on the heightened emotions between Nora and Charlie.

At the heart of Book Lovers is Nora and Libby. They have a close sisterly bond, but because of their past Nora feels a responsibility towards her younger sister. It’s fictional relationships like these that make me wish I had a sister. Their evolving relationship was beautifully written and had me tearing up.

Overall, Book Lovers has renewed my interest in Henry’s novels with its captivating characters, emotionally heavy relationships, and tasteful spice. 

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Have you read Book Lovers? What did you think?

8 thoughts on “Book Lovers – Emily Henry

  1. Great review! I’ve seen so many great things about this book but tbh I see a lot of great things about all of Henry’s books? So it’s refreshing to see that this one re-sparked your interest in her books after disliking her other one! I haven’t read any of them but I just ordered this one and I can’t wait to give it a try 😃

  2. I haven’t read this but every review I’ve seen is a glowing one. I love the publishing industry setting, that’s enough to make me read it😁

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