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Beauty & Lace Book Review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Title: Book Lovers

Author: Emily Henry

Published: May 3rd 2022

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Pages: 384

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

RRP: $22.99

Rating:  4 stars

Set over one sizzling August, BOOK LOVERS is the new chemistry-filled ‘rivals to lovers’ romcom from New York Times #1 bestseller Emily Henry

Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.

Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.

Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That’s why Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.

She’s no heroine. He’s no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?


Emily Henry is the new sovereign of contemporary romance. Henry’s light, fun, breezy and engaging modern love stories have smashed bestseller lists worldwide. Henry makes a triumphant return with Book Lovers, a tale suitable for romance readers and bookworms alike!

A story that promises to deliver chemistry in bucketloads, Book Lovers the latest release from Emily Henry. Book Lovers follows Nora, a literary agent who will do anything to ensure that she stays at the top. Nora has no room in her life for anything other than her career.  Book Lovers pits Nora against Charlie, a charismatic editor who loves nothing more than to discover the next book world sensation. Nora and Charlie are enemies in the high paced publishing world. When Nora’s sister invites her on a much-needed holiday to a small town in the North Carolina region, she doesn’t expect to cross paths with her enemy. But Charlie continues to make his presence known and Nora’s carefully guarded existence might be about to change. Can these two literary rivals create their own enduring love story?

I have heard so many great things about Emily Henry, her books seem to have an enduring quality that has made her a sought after author. I have been curious about Henry’s books for some time now and when an opportunity came my way to review Henry’s new book I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I finally gave this bestselling author a go, Book Lovers was a great book to carry me through a heavy week.

Nora is Emily Henry’s lead protagonist. I’m sure those who have read this book will agree that Nora is credible, reliable and likeable. What I appreciated about Nora was her passion, dedication and loyalty to her work. She is definitely a workaholic, but her professional drive was incredibly admirable. Nora is a hardworking young woman and I felt a little sorry for her as her relationships seemed to break down. I really hoped that Nora would eventually find the right man for her. In this area, Book Lovers is a bit predictable as we know as soon as Charlie enters the equation that the love sparring begins. I enjoyed this process more than I expected, especially the witty banter exchanges. Charlie was a great match for Nora. I believed in Nora and Charlie’s love from the moment this book began.

For those who love a good book themed love story, Emily Henry’s new novel delivers. Book Lovers provides the audience with an excellent insight into the life of both a literary agent and an editor. I didn’t realise just how demanding these jobs could be. Nora is self-sacrificing and very good at her job. Although Nora’s job seemed appealing, I’m not sure if I could perform her job if I was given the opportunity.  I also enjoyed being placed in the shoes of an editor via Charlie, this was another fascinating career presentation. Nora and Charlie are supported by some great side character constructions who help to raise this book to high proportions.

I won’t say too much more about Book Lovers, only that it is a book that brought a much-needed smile to my face during a hectic working week. I look forward to reading Henry’ s previous bestselling novels based on my enjoyment of Book Lovers.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry was published on 3rd May 2022 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Book Lovers, Emily Henry visit here.

*Please note that a free copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes through Beauty & Lace and Penguin Books Australia. To read the original review on the Beauty & Lace website please visit here.


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