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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. 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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416 pages

Average rating: 7.88




Community Reviews

Jenn Queenbee
Jun 08, 2024
9/10 stars
Enjoyed reading and characters
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Jun 05, 2024
10/10 stars
Never felt so seen and heard as the eldest sister! Charlie is just the magic that Nora needed to see herself. Loved, loved, loved!
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May 31, 2024
10/10 stars
I loved this book so much I can’t put it into words
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May 30, 2024
6/10 stars
3.5 stars, rounding down because of how slow this was FOR ME. Let me start by saying, I really like Nora and Charlie, I was all about them. But this damn book took me a whole week to read. Every chapter that had anything to do with Libby or Shepherd or Dusty, it felt like I was being dragged through mud. I also didn’t care about about Sunshine Falls or the people in it. I’m starting to think small town romance isn’t for me. This does not change the way I feel about EmHen (thanks for the nickname, Tae). I will still read all things by her.
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May 25, 2024
6/10 stars
Romance novels being outside of my usual book selection, there were many pleasant surprises in this novel. The writing is very enjoyable, with a witty, comfortable banter throughout that is bright and fresh and very funny. I think that the dialogue between characters is the best part about this novel, and Henry seems to have a very keen talent in making it feel natural rather than scripted which lends an air of believability. I also liked that the characters did not have to make some drastic change to make the romance work in the end - as is so often the case with so many romances - but rather there was acceptance that led to a happy resolution. This book is not going to make me a reader of romance novels, but it certainly was a pleasant surprise and I may just pick up another of Henry's books.
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