The Book Proposal

Sourcebooks Casablanca. May 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781728264721. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT A broke writer in Brooklyn, Gracie Landing plots steamy romance novels under a pen name that might soon be acquired by a publisher in a big-money deal. But since her ex-fiancé’s betrayal, passionate love stories have been a struggle to write. Bitter about her own romantic misfortune, Gracie drunkenly emails her unattainable high school crush Colin Yarmouth, a recently divorced estate lawyer living in Queens. When he surprisingly responds and they exchange quips and more details about their current lives, Colin and Gracie develop a genuine connection. As the deadline for a new manuscript nears, Gracie finds inspiration through the lived experience Colin offers as prompts, complicating both their relationship and her burgeoning career. Readers will find themselves breezing through this book’s fun, fast-paced chapters that impressively establish rich characterization and backstories for the main protagonists while also strengthening the romantic arc. The story takes unexpected turns, often through its vital supporting characters, adding further charm and energy to its lively plot.
VERDICT Ridiculously endearing and entertaining, this debut rom-com is a great purchase for libraries that will have fans of bookish romances laughing out loud, unable to stop turning the pages.
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