Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Book Review: Moms Who Read Romance Novels

By Melissa Amster

Ellory Brayson’s hit rock bottom. With the world watching, her career is on the precipice of a catastrophic implosion. Escaping her problems, she leaves New York and returns to her sleepy hometown. Jupiter Cove is the perfect place to hide out while she writes her next novel. Or is it?

Desperate to repair her image, she launches a social media campaign centered on her most devoted fans. But things get complicated when she must confront the person she left behind. As Ellory’s super fans get a peek behind the curtain, will her position as romance’s queen bee come crashing down in a spectacular downfall?

Weaving in plot lines about fake dating, second chance romance, and friendship, Moms Who Read Romance Novels is equal parts contemporary fiction and romance. If you’re a mom, a romance reader, or both, you don’t want to miss this heartfelt tale! (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

After reading and enjoying Anonymous Mom Posts this past summer (reviewed here), I was excited to check out Jenifer Goldin's sophomore novel. Moms Who Read Romance Novels is such a meta title for me. I really enjoyed this novel and loved all the characters and the connections they formed throughout the story. It was fun seeing some of my favorite authors mentioned, along with their latest releases. 

I liked how the five main characters came together in different ways. I felt for Faye the most (even though my kids are a lot older than hers) and wished I could give her a copy of The Wife App to read. Harper's storyline was cute and I liked the Jewish element that went along with it.  I also enjoyed getting to know Ellory, Tabby, and Ila better and understanding their struggles more. I may have even gotten teary-eyed at one point.

This novel is truly a love story for anyone who enjoys a good love story, if that makes any sense. It is perfect for fans of Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, and many other fabulous romance writers!

Movie casting suggestions:
Ellory: Kate Bosworth
Tabby: Amanda Righetti
Ila: Lizzy Greene
Faye: Kelsey Asbille
Harper: Zoey Deutch

Thanks to Jenifer Goldin for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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