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Much Ado About You

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  14,410 ratings  ·  2,262 reviews
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 bestselling author Samantha Young.

At thirty-three-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 mak
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Berkley
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Megumi I did not consider them explicit, but they are also not fade to black either.
Nadya Ruskowa No. The heroine is just a big fan of Shakespeare and is running a shop called Much Ado About Books.

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Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
***ARC provided through NetGalley***

Much Ado About You in one word? Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The story follows Evie, a woman who has recently quit her job and made the decision to swear off men after a string of bad dates. She departs on a trip to a small English village, hoping to spend some time alone and use the vacation to recenter her life. These careful plans go awry when she encounters Roane, the town's resident (sexy) farmer, and a romance she never saw coming.

Sounds great, right? I thought so to
Feb 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
I am considering retirement.

From what, I don’t know. But I am physically and emotionally exhausted and the abstract concept of retirement sounds delightful.

I have tried too many times this year. Though only three months have elapsed, I have desperately sought a so-called comfort book multiple times, only to be consumed by hatred and anger and above all RIGHTEOUS DISAPPOINTMENT as I turned out to hate them.

The opposite of comfort, in other words.

This book may have been the most egregious offender
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-books
A chance to find your true soul mate is what Evie has in this magical romance, filled with angst and true emotions that will have you fluttering through every page...

I gotta say, Samantha Young knows how to write a romance novel that transports you to another world. Taking place in Northumberland, Evie and Roane meet under some heroine circumstances that brings them together in an angst and intimate way. I have not read a book like this one in such a long time, and that's because I have been
is this the best contemporary romance book out there? no, i wouldnt say so. is this easy, breezy, cliché cute? you betcha. if you enjoy hallmark movies, im sure you will really enjoy this.

this is a pretty simple story. its your classic ‘city girl and small town boy experience meet cute, girl and boy become friends, girl falls in love with little town and boy while trying to solve everyones problems’ kind of story. nothing new, but still a good comfort read for most.

however, the thing that annoy
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars


This book was so adorable. Seriously, one of the most fun and feel good books I've read in a while. It's been some time since I've read a Samantha Young book and I forgot how much I love her writing. This one was a real treat!

Evie is having a rough time. She's in her thirties and back in the dating pool and things are not going well. After quitting her job, she decides to take a chance and do something new. A small village in England where she can work at a book store and live in
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweetish- softish- swooning and absolutely Hallmark-ish, feel-definitely-good romance takes places in magical Northumberland!

And a lucky cow heroine having a dreamy holiday at this sweetest town, taking my dream job (a special bookstore with collections of Shakespeare plays) , meeting with friendly, quirky but also vivid town’s people ( I loved how the characters were portrayed in this story),flirting with charming farmer Roane!

Nope, I’m sold! Amazing escape opportunity from the compelling rea
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I do love nothing in the world so well as you." - William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Evangeline (Evie) Starling decides she needs some clarity in her life. Overlooked for a promotion and with no dating prospects in sight, she finds a holiday booking online and takes a chance. The holiday entails working at a bookstore, Much Ado about Books, over her rented apartment in an idyllic English town.

Evie instantly loves the quaint town, the residents and the bookstore. This is the perfect pla
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
actual rating: 3.5 stars

this was a super cute small town romance with tons of cozy vibes. it wasn't anything special but it was a very comforting book to read while i was recovering in bed
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

After getting ghosted by a date and screwed over by her job, thirty-three-year-old Evie makes an impulsive decision: to take a trip to England running a small bookstore. While there, Evie falls in love with the small-town English life and makes quick friends. She also meets Roane, the incredibly handsome farmer. But Evie isn’t looking for romance and declares a friendship only relationship with Roane.

God I loved this book. Samantha Young has yet to fail me, and that’s why she’s on m
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it

This book had potential but it was frustrating. I love slow romance but I didn't enjoy it much as I wanted.

The beginning of the book kinda reminded me to the movie "The Holiday" ((which I love)) but later the author added stories in the background about the side characters, so for me, the main couple lost steam. I felt that I was reading about one of those movies like "Valentine's Day" or "Actually Love".

and then Evie's character was like a fairy godmother/angel fixing all the problems and bri
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'Lady porn' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I always like to start the New Year with a book from an author I am familiar with and who’s writing I love. This year I have chosen Samantha Young and her upcoming romantic comedy with Berkley. I’ve had the early copy of this book for a while now and I have to say my hype for it was quite big even though I could not start reading it until now. I wanted to begin 2021 with a feel-good love story and I definite
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 24-ebooks
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It's not often that this happened, but every once in a while I'll read a book that makes me happy to read. This was one of those books. 

I enjoyed every second of reading this. It felt like a true rom-com and it was exactly what I needed to read to lift my mood.

I instantly fell in love with Evie and Roane and everyone else in that little English village. It made me want to pack up my things and fly to England and have an adventure all my own.

I liked the writing and plot and was definitely a fan
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, unfinished
I'm not even a quarter in and I'm just bored. Part of that is frustration with the world the novel inhabits. I mean, Evie experiences some straight-up gender discrimination at the workplace that's so egregious it a) strains credulity, but b) if you insist it's real, why the heck isn't she finding a lawyer?!? I mean, come on, that was ugly and stupid and businesses can, do, and should pay a price for that kind of nonsense. So the whole setup evoked my inner paladin and broke me out of buying into ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

American meets Brit on north-east coast of England
Small village
Farmer Roane
Bookshop & books
Shakespearean side-plot line
No dramarama

Reading Much Ado About You was one of those easy delights that your mind sinks into and wishes it to last. The writing was witty, started with a hilarious car-crash dating experience and featured a 30-something heroine (Evie) who was pretty relatable.

Evie’s story was about taking stock of her life, her work situation, love life and comin
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Evie and Roane.
Evie is 33 years old. She works as an editor in Chicago. Or did. She kind of just quit after not being promoted again.
And now, just days later, she's running a book store in a little coastal town in England. For four weeks. That's how long she booked the work holiday.
But she immediately fell in love with the town Alnster and its people and animals.
Especially farmer Roane and his dog Shadow. BUT she's sworn off men, right?!

Will we get our happily ever aft
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author/ Berkley Publishing)


Evie Starling is a 33 yr. old beautiful, single independent woman living in Chicago. She's lonely, and at a crossroads in her life, and craves a new experience. She needs a change of pace, and wants to put some distance between herself and Chicago. She could use time away to figure out her life, her path, and where she's meant to be. A one of a kind opportunity presents itself when she finds an ad offering a temporary position at a bookst
• Lisa •
‘Much ado about you’ was a real comfort read. It’s the type of book that sneaks up on you slowly, steals away your time and then allows you to fall in love. It’s been some time since I’ve read a Samantha Young book and I’m glad that I took the time to read this authors work again - it’s easy to see why Young has managed to keep an audience over the years and this book is a clear example of her love for the written word. I adored the whimsical feel of the story telling and the setting of this sto ...more
#strangesummerreading2021 Much Ado About You by Samantha Young ☀️☀️☀️☀️ Roane and Evie were precious. This story hits a little too close to my dream fantasy—work a bookstore in a small village in the UK and fall in love with a local 🙇🏻‍♀️😆♥️—and Roane is just such a swoon worthy book boyfriend.

I knocked it a star because I’m officially over the formulaic ‘here is a thing that rips the couple apart in the last 10% of the book just to remind them why they love each other’ which is why I think I’m

Title: Much Ado About You
Series: Standalone
Author: Samantha Young
Release date: February 2, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: contemporary romance

Evangeline Starling is at a crossroads in her life. She's not quite old enough for the mid-life crisis at thirty-three years old, but she's arrived at a place where she's questioning her choices in her personal and professional life. She's been an editorial assistant at Reel Film for ten years in the hopes of getting promoted to editor. She has a love for the
marta the book slayer
Apr 19, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: cliches
As soon as the love interest was introduced, I cringed so hard and had to immediately return my hold to the library. Let someone else suffer through this atrocity.
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
After being passed over for promotion (again), stood up by her flirt of four weeks and feeling like her life has taken a left turn and missed a few key markers, Evie Starling is ready for a break. When she sees an advertisement for a vacation rental that involves managing a Shakespeare-themed bookstore in northern England, she immediately books it. She's looking for a reset, not love, but there's something about the town and everything else that just calls to her. Will Evie go back to Chicago, o ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
A quick, fun, and romantic read set in a small village in Alnwick, Northumberland, England. Evie rents an apartment where she also manages the bookstore below it. It's the perfect getaway for book lovers who want to find themselves or just take a break from the busy city life which is exactly what Evie does. I'm a little jealous to be honest.

Of course, she doesn't only find herself. She also finds a super hot farmer who is so into her and a cast of wonderful friends. Evie's meddlesome attitude
V.B. Book Reviews
4 Ado-rable Stars!

“How can you not be a fan of Shakespeare when his characters say epic shit like that?”


Oh, goodness...I didn't realize how badly I needed an escape to the English countryside. Samantha Young delivers a charming romantic comedy and it is JUST what the doctor ordered in these frigid pandemic times!

Talk about a dream gig! Evangeline Starling has been disappointed by men and life for the last time. When this thirty-something, big city American girl gets stood up an
Larry H
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Samantha Young's Much Ado About You is a steamy, emotional rom-com that confronts lots of issues, plus it features a book-loving protagonist, so how can you lose?

After one last attempt at dating fails and she gets a disappointment on the job front, Evie Starling has had it. She needs to get away from Chicago for a while. And she finds the perfect escape—she can run a bookshop in the English countryside for four weeks and rent the owner’s flat. For a voracious reader, this is a drea
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it

Well... this one barely scraped three stars out of me. It was definitely not as good as this author's other books. Cute story, but... IMO, it just didn't have the sensational characters that she has created in her other books. The ending was sweet, but it was preceded by a ridiculous dilemma that did nothing more than frustrate the reader.

On the positive side, there was a quaint little English village on the sea, a shit-hot single farmer with an adorable dog, and an old bookshop to run.
Caitlin Reads
Mar 29, 2021 rated it liked it
I am a huge Samantha Young fan and have loved most of her books but this one was a little challenging for me.

What I loved – The quant English village! I love books set in adorable towns, particularly European ones so I ate that part up. All of the supporting characters were great in the town as well. Much Ado About You also had a great concept – down on her luck girl essentially escapes to run a small bookshop in a small English town and of course runs into the love of her life. As always, Saman
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2021
A very basic novel filled with an annoying heroine who really doesn't want to date a guy but also drags him along and it's frustrating. Cute moments. Some were dark and emotional. Leaning towards a 2.5 stars. ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it

I thought I would end up enjoying this one a little more than I did but in the end this was just an okay read.

So far I am in the minority here. A number of friends have read it and really enjoyed it. Maybe it is just me.

I wish I became more invested in Evie and Roane. I just didn't. Actually if it wasn't for a few of the secondary characters and the roles they played I don't know if I would have read this one through to the ending.
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Reading this story felt like being wrapped in a big warm hand knitted cardigan, it was warm and oh so comfortable. It gave me a big book hug and left me feeling happy and sufficiently snuggled.

Evie feels like something is missing from her life. After being unlucky in love once again and then being overlooked for a job promotion she is ready for a big change. Everyone around her seems to be moving on with their lives and she feels like she is stalling. This is why she finds herself surfing the ne
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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She's been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.
She resides in Scotland.


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