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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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Story was good. Narrator terrible

The story was really a very cute, light read. I wish they had used different voice actors for the different characters. To be honest I found myself getting thoroughly annoyed with the cheesy accents and almost didn’t finish the book.

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I wish someone else had done the accents.

I wish someone else had done the accents and that it was narrated by 2 people. I couldn't finish the book because the accent became so annoying by chapter 5

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A delight to read

I REALLY enjoyed this book. It light and sweet and good for the heart.
I admit that the British accents are quite terrible and I completely understand how someone native to the UK would cringe but as a Canadian it was tolerable l, especially because the story was so enjoyable.

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  • Sam
  • 2022-02-09

very cute story

loved it couldn't stop listening. it is worth the purchase for good listening to.

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Fun, predictable and easy listening

I enjoyed the characters on this escape to England and to the quaint village the story is set in. Although entirely predictable I still am glad I listened. Would recommend for someone looking for something light and romantic.

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Enjoyable

An enjoyable relaxing listen, good for an uplifting romantic story that I would Recommend for easy listening, during such a serious time.

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Love this book

Amazing book!! The narration was perfect! A must read ♥️ it will leave you daydreaming, laughing, crying, and cheering all at once! Amazing!!

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Loved it!!! Hooked

Finished it really quickly, loved every minute! Going to find more by this author today

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  • L R
  • 2021-05-02

Loved it!

I give this book 5 stars because the attraction between the characters was romantically steamy and built up perfectly. The bedroom scenes were intimate without being pornopraghic. The perfect balance for me! Lastly, the characters were flawed and likeable. I found myself wanting to know what happens with some of the secondary characters in the book too. Hopefully there will be a book about Carol next!

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  • daisylou
  • 2021-03-29

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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  • Kwilt Kween
  • 2021-08-16

predictable

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

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  • Karrie A
  • 2021-08-11

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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  • Angie Reed
  • 2021-02-10

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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  • Bonnie Jones
  • 2021-07-17

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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  • Erin
  • 2021-05-15

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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  • Joey McDaniel
  • 2022-07-20

A Lifetime Holiday Movie Script Come to Life

This is a dull and obvious story told by a patronizing author who doesn't trust their audience. One also gets the feeling that the author has read the Wikipedia article about pubs but has yet to visit one.

Please avoid this vapid slog.

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  • nadine iglesias
  • 2022-07-19

Boring Listen

This was incredibly tough to get through. I was completely bored and slightly annoyed with the narrator. I'm a fan of Samantha Young, but this was not it.

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  • H. Divis
  • 2022-04-04

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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  • Jane1988
  • 2022-02-19

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.