My Rating : 4.5 Stars Published February 2nd 2021 by Berkley

Plot: At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover. Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.

I have never read anything by Samantha Young but had seen some good reviews about this book on WordPress as well as Goodreads so was intrigued to read her latest book, particularly as I had read an article about the Scottish bookshop available for holiday rentals which I believe provided inspiration for this novel. Evie lives in Chicago and at 33 life is not going as she had imagined.  She has been overlooked for promotion, her dating life is a bit of a disaster and her friends seem to be moving on with their lives while she is left behind. Acting on impulse, she books herself a holiday but quite an unusual one – running a bookshop called Much Ado about Books in a small town in north-east England. She hopes to rediscover herself whilst there, but to her surprise she finds love in the shape of a local farmer.

This is a cute romance and perfect for a few hours of escapism.  Picturesque small town setting, relatable heroine, hot farmer, loveable Great Dane, literary references and a message of follow your heart – what is there not to like?  There are some interesting side characters and at times the side plots about other residents did detract a little from the story – I would be intrigued to know if the author plans further books set in Alnster. A sweet, funny and endearing story of finding yourself, where you belong and what you want to do with your life. Even if it’s in the least likely of places. Evie has had it with men and Chicago. On a whim she books a working vacation in England running a bookstore and immersing herself in the country she always dreamed of visiting. The people, the store, it weaves a spell around her, especially the handsome farmer Roane and his sweet dog. She vowed to not let him in but love is often found when you least expect it. Loved this five star read! Laughed, cried and laughed again!

Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown  for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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