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Publisher's Summary

The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times best-selling author Samantha Young.

At 33 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.

©2021 Samantha Young (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Ehhh... Not Her Best Work

The connection between the main character and her love interest was weak and unbelievable. Individually, several characters were well developed. The story was predictable but felt like it was lacking depth all around.

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predictable

This story has been told 100 different ways. It’s predictable and tedious. Same old same old

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This isn’t the greatest

I seriously can not listen to it. It’s just not a great storyline. So predictable and just made me roll my eyes at the trite dialogue. I wish I could return it.

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Loved it!

Evie has sworn off men and decided to take a nice holiday in England renting a room and running a quaint bookstore in a small village is exactly what the doctor ordered meeting Rowan was not in the plan. Rowan is instantly taken with Evie after saving his dog now can you convince Evie to take a chance on him so amazing love this book read it!

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Head Over Heels…

I couldn’t put this down. The narrator, the story, the imagery. It was all beautiful. It made me laugh, cry, and it tugged at my heart strings. You won’t be disappointed.

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No tension, dull plot, basic characters

I have a hard time believing the locals would actually like the nosy American tourist butting into their business. The MC seemed so obnoxious to me the whole time, inserting herself into everyone business, but at the same time refusing to deal with her own trust issues and her attraction to the love interest.

There was never any “will they, won’t they” in the story because her reasons for denying her feelings (not to mention stringing the guy along for more than half the book) always seemed so flimsy.

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So cheesy I’m constipated

But seriously this book was bad. I almost stopped listening a few minutes in because 1. The narration is SO SLOW. I sped it up so it sounded normal. Also there’s not a lot of animation in the narrator’s voice. It just felt very flat. 2. Right away I was put off by some of the language & crass-ness. But I was driving & couldn’t switch books so I continued. It definitely got better & for a while I was happy I’d kept listening. But really the main character’s stubbornness got to be just too much and annoying. Then later her interest starts calling her angel. Seriously? He’s some tough farmer but he’s saying angel in what sounds like a Scottish accent to me yet he’s upper class British. I’m not saying I would always be repulsed by such a cheesy pet name, but it was so ridiculous I actually decided to stop listening. And I have this problem where I can’t stop listening to a book even when I don’t like it. But I stopped! Only the next day I hadn’t spent the time to download a new book so I plowed on and it just never got better. Only more frustrating because (and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything since we all know the “formula”) the main character got stupidly upset about something and over-reacted. Oh and then I still had to hear him calling her angel. I think I threw up a little in my mouth. And the sex scenes were unnecessary & trashy (I skipped through them once they started). I definitely wouldn’t waste money or a credit on this one. There are so many better books & narrators.

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Too many directions

I liked the book overall and really liked the lead male character Rowan, but the female lead was a little whiny and stubborn at times. The story went off on too many tangents instead of focusing on the main couple. It could have been made into a series.

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Really Lovely Little Story

This was a really enjoyable little book. All of the characters were really likable and it was easy to fall into the small village life right along with Evie. And of course Roane was absolutely swoon-worthy.

The narrator did an excellent job as well. I loved all of her accents and voices, and she really made it a pleasant journey! Definitely going to check out her other works, as well as the author’s.

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nice humor and romance.

The characters were funny and interesting. The story wasn't typical but kind of predictable. It was enjoyable though.