This is a twist on the classic Romance novel in that it centers on a group of Bro type dudes who also have a book club. I loved the men’s point of view and the originality of their reading romance novels to better understand women. Parts of this book were refreshingly realistic. I’ll admit to giggling at the thought of a bunch of professional baseball players sitting around reading romance novels.
It’s a quick, fun, read that still manages to pack a punch with some real relationship issues. Reading a romance book about a married couple was refreshing. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this at all and I did.
Now I’ll need to get Summerhill #1 from the library, because this book was so good.
I’m no fan of small towns. So at first, I was all grumbling on behalf of the main character just because of the quirks of small-town life. Plus, I incorrectly assumed that I had the entire plot figured out. I liked the book well enough; I just thought I knew exactly where it was going. Plot twist, this isn’t your grandma’s Harlequin Romance. There is a romance between Terri and Nate, and that part is as expected. What I didn’t expect was there extremely accurate descriptions of the relationships between people who live in a lake town and those who visit during the Summer. I also did not foresee the surprise mystery plot at all. This story is a great weekend read, and I’d recommend it if you are looking for a couple of hours of escapism.
This is the first book that I’ve read that is labeled #chicklit. Now I want gum. (Chiclets were my very favorite gum, next to grape Hubba Bubba which I still find in a Lakeview gas station occasionally) Anyhow, I think the main character, Georgina would approve of gum obsession. I mean I don’t know for sure, but she seems agreeable to that sort of quirkiness.
At the start of the story she gets fired and finds her boyfriend in bed with someone else within like an hours time. It’s a lot. That was the part that reminded me of Bridget Jones which is th only example I could find of #chicklit. When she gets a new job bartending she finds out that her old high school crush owns the place.
This isn’t a capital R-Romance but it has romance in it. I like that the story isn’t all light and fluffy because life usually isn’t and the backstory of her father dying made the happy parts better for me as a reader.
In conclusion, I love Mhairi McFarlane. I’m now seeking out every book she has out in the world.