Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
Romantic Comedy, Friends to Lovers
Steam Level: It’d Getting Warmer
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.Goodreads
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So first and foremost, Much Ado About You is basically the movie the Holiday, with a lot more depth. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but this basic premise is not new. The depth is where the magic is in this book. I loved all of the side characters in this book; they added so much to the story.
I connected with Evie. I liked that she saw her life was not going the way she wanted to and took a chance on something. And Roane, lady porn indeed. He’s just about the perfect guy. Was this book very predictable? Yes, as soon as the main character noted she refused to date guys who were younger or rich (um execute me what?), I knew where this was going. It seemed out of character to me, this woman who is so open-minded, closing herself off after one bad experience. Other than that, I found this to be a charming and enjoyable read.
I liked that while the romance between the hero and heroine was the main story, the other side stories meant a lot. I especially liked seeing how Evie was able to do so much for others and really find her place within the community. It seemed more about finding herself than finding romance, which I think was the book’s point.
Overall Much Ado About You is an adorable read with a lot of heart and laughs.