The Plot (from Goodreads):
Lizzy “Overachiever” Chung, Esq. has her life mapped out neatly:
* Become a lawyer. Check.
* Join a prestigious law firm. Check.
* Make partner. In progress.
If all goes to plan, she will check off that last box in a couple years, make her parents proud, and live a successful, fulfilled life in L.A. What was not in her plans was passing out from a panic attack during a pivotal moment in her career. A few deep breaths and a four hour drive later, Lizzy is in Weldon for three weeks to shed the burnout and figure out what went wrong. And what better place to recharge than the small California town where she spent her childhood summers with her best friend, Jack Park.
Jack Park didn’t expect to see Lizzy back in Weldon, but now he’s got three weeks to spend with the girl of his dreams. Except she doesn’t know of his decades-long crush on her–and he intends to keep it that way. She’s a high-powered attorney who lives in L.A. and he’s a bookkeeper at his family’s brewery who never left his hometown. He can’t risk their friendship on a long shot. Can he? When Lizzy decides that the local bookstore needs a little revamp, of course, Jack is going to help her bring it back to life. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore there might be more than just friendship among the dusty shelves and books…
Sometimes the path to the rest of your life has been in front of you all along.
Loved the title, and loved the story just as much! Moving to a small town and fixing up a bookstore is the absolute dream. It’s renovations and books combined, my two favorite things. Those scenes were my favorites!
Jack and Lizzy’s romance was so sweet. I love decades-long secret pining, especially when the friendship is just as fun to read as the romance.
The one thing that felt a little awkward was the jump between Lizzy working so hard to make partner, winning her first case, should be feeling great–and then deciding to leave it behind. I’m no stranger to feeling burnt out at work and longing for a simpler job, but the pacing there felt off.
I had no idea this was a part of a series until I went to mark it as read on Goodreads. I was wondering why the epilogue suddenly made it seem like we knew who Tara and Seth were more than in passing, so that answers that question. I’m excited to read the previous books now!
Audio Review: Narrated by Cindy Kay. Her voice was a great fit for these characters, and I loved listening to this cute story!
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