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Well Met by Jen DeLuca
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2019, romance

Emily is used to putting other people's needs before her own. She dropped out of college to do two jobs and put her boyfriend through his expensive law school. He was supposed to help her after the graduation, but as soon as he got his new and shiny degree, he decided to break up with her and cancelled their flat lease. As Emily was desperately trying to sort her life out, her older sister April had a car accident and, of course, Emily is only happy to stay in Willow Creek and help out for a few months, until April is able to drive and work again. Emily's niece Caitlin would love to participate in the local Renaissance Faire, an accompanying adult/ volunteer is needed...and this is how Emily takes on the role of a tavern wench for six weeks. She quickly discovers that despite being hard work, this is something that makes her feel competent and appreciated, as well as a part of this friendly little community. She also discovers that the sulky and uptight organiser Simon Graham is very different, once he dons a pirate costume. His character Captain Ian Blackthorne rather likes the tavern wench Emma (Emily's character) to the point of agreeing to undergo a beautifully romantic ceremony of binding, a kind of temporary betrothal for a year and a day after which the couple may decide to part and go their separate ways or...declare a different kind of imtentions.

The book was so much fun. Emily is friendly, hard-working and helpful. She might be at the crossroads with her own future, but rest assured she will work it out. A lovely character, very easy to relate to and root for. Simon..well...If his character of a pirate doesn't do it for you, how about a quiet, responsible, and loyal teacher of English who is willing to woo his girl, and most importantly knows that she deserves to be the most important thing in his life, even if he has to let go of his past and make a lot of changes. The secondary characters are also kind and positive.

I loved the special atmosphere of a small town, where people not only would make casseroles for a neighbour in need, but would also go out of their way to change the schedule of their book club to give you an opportunity to join. If you want to...And if you don't, they won't hold it against you.

The book is charming in the best possible way. The pace is just right- the romance is neither too hurried, nor too slow to develop. It takes time to become a part of a community, but the feeling of belonging is worth it, that's why Emily's story is so great.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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September 1, 2019 – Shelved
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
September 1, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Federico (new)

Federico DN Great review!

message 2: by Constantine (new)

Constantine Very nice review, Toni!👍

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