𝐁𝐲 𝐄𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐲
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: 𝟑𝟖𝟒 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟏𝟗𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞
𝐌𝐲 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑
The book narrates the tale of a woman named January who works as a romance writer. January is facing a significant setback in her career because her source of inspiration has always been her parents' extraordinary love story and her own successful love life. However, her father's infidelity while her mother was suffering from cancer, shattered her world, and she falls into a state of depression. To make matters worse, her boyfriend, who was on the verge of proposing to her, leaves her because he cannot deal with her changed demeanour.
January is currently staying at her late father's beach house, which she suspects was his secret love nest. Struggling to come to terms with her emotions and what lies ahead, she finds herself in a stunning coastal town that she's unable to appreciate due to her emotional turmoil. Amidst her distress, she encounters a grumpy neighbour, with whom she has several fleeting interactions without ever seeing his face. As fate would have it, the ill-tempered neighbour turns out to be her former college writing class rival, who has now gained fame for writing gloomy literature. They bond over a disastrous social event and discover that they share similar writing roadblocks. Together, they decide to overcome their challenges by swapping genres and seeing if it helps. They also make a wager - whoever succeeds in writing the best book in the other's genre will earn a blurb for their book from the other.
I found this book to be a lighthearted and entertaining read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The synopsis had me eagerly anticipating a must-read romance, featuring two authors from completely different genres who gradually fall in love despite their initial animosity towards each other. I was fully invested in the premise, but ultimately found the book to be a bit lacklustre. While it seems that many others have enjoyed it immensely, I personally didn't find it to be as engaging. The middle portion of the book dragged on a bit, which detracted from my overall enjoyment.
I appear to be in the minority with regard to my opinion of this book. While the reviews I've come across have been overwhelmingly positive, I personally didn't find them to be as exceptional. It's possible that my lack of enthusiasm for this book stems from my general disinterest in romance stories.
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