Nora Stephens is a successful cutthroat literary agent from New York City who will do anything for her clients. She was practically raised in a bookshop with her younger sister Libby and idolizes the memory of her mother, who died when Libby was young. Nora’s fierce dedication to hard work and protection means she will do anything for Libby – including spending a month in a small North Carolina town. Nora hates the literary trope of big city girl finding small town romance, but her sister adores it and wants to make a sisterly bucket list for them to complete before Libby gives birth to her third child (ride a horse! wear flannel! save a small town business!) Nora heads off the Sunshine Falls and immediately runs into her big city nemesis, book editor Charlie Lafra. The enemies to lovers plot unfolds and what follows is a delightful story of a big city girl in a small town, who learns plenty about herself without the need to become the stereotypical main character in a Hallmark story.
I absolutely loved this book. The witty dialogue had me laughing out loud and I really enjoyed both the relationship between Nora and Libby and Nora and Charlie. All of the characters are complex and interesting and the book comes across as charming but also deeply emotional. I’ve enjoyed Emily Henry’s other books, particularly Beach Read, but this one is definitely my favorite. It’s a perfect summer read.