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Book Lovers

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Julia Whelan

11 Hours 24 Minutes

Penguin Audio

May 2022

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“One of my favorite authors.”—Colleen Hoover

An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily ∙ Today ∙ Parade ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ PopSugar ∙ Katie Couric Media ∙ Book Bub ∙ SheReads ∙ Medium ∙ The Washington Post ∙ and more!

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...

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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  • Sydney M.

    Loved this book so much!

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  • Susan F.

    Fantastic book!

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  • Kristen L.

    This is the first book I've read by this author, but I do plan to pick up another one. I enjoyed her style and humor and hope that Book Lovers isn't just a copy-cat story of the other books she's written because I want to see how wide she can spread her humor and style. This story was somewhat original for a romance novel and that made it fun for me to read, plus, it was a compelling story that I just wanted to hide in a closet to listen so that no one would try to talk to me while I listened. Also, Julia Whelan is my favorite narrator so it made the book that much greater to enjoy. I love romance with wit and humor and this certainly delivered!

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  • Elizabeth L.

    I’m going to sound like a grouch, just saying beforehand. This book drive me crazy. It was a good 30% too long. There were way too many repetitive descriptions of the main character getting aroused over the guy. After a while it just got irritating. One of my least favorite things, both in the real world and in fiction- doing something naughty on a bet (skinny dipping, in this case), then acting surprised when it leads to something. “Hey I’m just swimming naked in the dark in front of you to fulfill a bet - what are you doing thinking I’m into you?!) I love a good metaphor as much as anyone. It’s like icy tea in a wet glass on a hot day. But to describe virtually every thought and emotion, big or small, in the book this way? It’s like swallowing a snow ball full of tiny knives, and makes my head hurt as if badgers are playing volleyball in my skull (you get the idea…). Lastly, I found the protagonist’s martyr complex extremely annoying. And she kept it up after her sister explicitly asked her to stop. I could only keep going because I will apparently listen to Julia Whelan read absolutely anything (she’s the best!).

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  • Kristina M.

    I loved this book! I especially liked the dialog between the main characters. Very snappy and humorous and clever. Plus, the writing is excellent too. The story was a bit different, but somewhat unpredictable. I only put 5 stars on books I will listen to again and this one is definitely on the list. I thought the narrator had the right voice too and did a good job of differentiating the voices too. The narrator added a lot by her inflection too. Very good!!!

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