Authentically, Izzy

Thomas Nelson. Nov. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780840714985. pap. $16.99. CF
Izzy Edgewood is a librarian in the small town of Mt. Airy, NC. After a couple of heartbreaks and far too many blind dates, Izzy has finally met the bookish men of her dreams. Brodie’s family owns bookshops in Scotland, where he lives, and chatting with him comes easily for Izzy. Eli, a new professor in town, is an author, and asks Izzy out after meeting her at the library. Talking with Eli is also easy, since he does most of the talking. As her friendships with both men progress, Izzy finds herself torn between her dreams and practicality. If only she could be sure of God’s plan for her life. This chaste, contemporary, Christian romance is told primarily through emails and text, with events, emotions, and actions summarized, which creates distance and a disconnect between readers and the likable, if unrealistic, characters.
VERDICT Though sweet, this romance from Basham (The Heart of the Mountains) will have trouble finding its audience.
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