Title: Much Ado About You
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Romance / Chick-Lit
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This book is every book nerd dream come true! A sweet romance entangled with running a rented bookshop. What else you can wish for?
Evangeline ‘Evie’ Starling worked her ass off in the last few years as an editor helper, editing the journalists’ articles, hoping that one day she will be promoted to an editor. What is more interesting about her is that at the age of 31 she swore off dating and men. After a long relationship with her high school sweetheart and few disappointments after that, she decided that she needed a break from the bitter world of dating. Now, at the age of 33, awaiting promotion at work and on her way to the restaurant where she will meet her date Aaron, she is almost sure that finally, her life is going in the right direction. What she wasn’t prepared for is the turn everything took.
Firstly, she gets stood up at the restaurant because Aaron isn’t ready for a relationship. The second hit comes the same evening from her best friend Greer announcing her pregnancy. On the very next day, the third hit came – she doesn’t get the promotion she was so sure she will get.
Slowly, it became clear to her that each of her friends is living their life, nobody slowed down because she is feeling lonely and alone. So she is about to get her life together. But to do so, she will need a break. And is there any place better than a picturesque English village?
There, the owner of the local bookshop Penny offers to rent and run a shop as a tourist attraction. A strange thing to offer, sure, but I’m sure that every book nerd will be over the moon if they have such an amazing opportunity. Plus, who can resist a book shop named ‘Much Ado About Books’? Not a Shakespearian nerd, like Evie!
As soon as she arrives in Alnster she is pulled straight into the lives of the villagers. On top of everything, saving a handsome villager’s dog, earned her an admirer she doesn’t really want. Not because Roane Robson is not tall, handsome and heart-tearing sexy, but because she is in the middle of nowhere England to find herself and a romance will only worsen her journey of self-discovery and mess up her plans.
Samantha Young succeeded in teleporting us straight into the beating heart of this small cosy village. You have to be so cold-hearted to not fall in love with the warm and welcoming villagers.
Apart from Evie and Roane, there are a bunch of lovely secondary characters I couldn’t help myself but fall in love with. Caro, Roane’s cousin, with her talent to bake delicious cakes, Viola, Caro best friend, with her witty month, Milly, Viola’s mom who welcomed Evie so warmly even though she is an American.
As much as I want to give it 5 stars, it was a 3.5 (rounded to 4) stars read for me. The book is cute, no doubt, but it’s somehow flat and even annoying at places. That drama around Evie wanting to sleep with Roane but the same time she knows that she shouldn’t do it because she is there not to start a relationship but to found out what she wants from the life becomes slightly boring. The drama wasn’t enough to build up the tension and to keep you at the edge. When it reached its culmination it wasn’t something WOW, because it felt somehow rushed, expected and even longed, but it sounds like ‘oh, I’m tired of this back and forth game, let get over with it’. After this turning point, the book becomes watery and failed at keeping my full attention to the story. I was going to be impressed if the story ended differently and Evie actually stands behind her principles but nah, nevermind.
It is an easy, sweet read perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s day. If you are still wondering what to read – you should absolutely pick up this book. As a bonus, it will give you a flashback to the hot, hot summer days just in case you miss them.
A huge thanks to Piatkus and the author Samantha Young for sending me an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are mine!
Publication Date: 02/02/2021