Book Lovers delivers exactly what we’ve come to expect from Emily Henry: the wittiest of witty banter, quirky characters who work in publishing in some fashion, and a will-they-or-won’t-they storyline.
What makes Book Lovers a little different from Beach Read or People We Meet on Vacation is that Nora Stephens, the leading lady, isn’t your typical heroine. She’s actually more villainess, with a reputation for being cold and cutthroat to everyone but her baby sister, Libby.
I loved that Henry flipped the script and wrote a romance novel centered around the ambitious, guarded, career-oriented woman who usually gets dumped in the first few scenes of a Hallmark movie. I appreciated that Nora grows during the course of the story without transforming into a completely different person.
The sisterly bond in Book Lovers added a new dimension to this familiar story, giving it a fresh feel. I also related to the tension between pursuing your big-city dreams and the reasons someone might choose a different life in a small North Carolina town.
If you’re already an Emily Henry fan, chances are you’ll adore this novel, too. For me, I’d still give a slight edge to People We Meet on Vacation because of Alex! However, I enjoyed this one almost as much as her others. In fact, it was so delightfully entertaining that I picked it up early one Saturday morning and finished it before dinner.