- Nora Stephens
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
Look at me, back to the romance section. Someone, please recommend me a good psychological thriller because I feel all mushy. I enjoyed the progression of this story, each page peeling away a layer like an onion. This, “onion”, had me tearing up like a baby by the time I reached the end of it.
The first quote below is the one that resonated the most with me. Being so goal-oriented and driven it can get overwhelming mentally so it’s nice to be reminded there can still be something even more than you desire lying in wait. This quote also made me take a moment to look at the amazing things I do have, it’s very easy to look past the good in front of you when you’re so focused on attaining “everything”.
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For anyone who wants it all,” she begins, “may you find something that is more than enough.
That’s the thing about women. There’s no good way to be one. Wear your emotions on your sleeve and you’re hysterical. Keep them tucked away where your boyfriend doesn’t have to tend to them and you’re a heartless bitch.
You’re a fighter,” he says. “When you care about something, you won’t let anything fucking touch it. I’ve never met anyone who cares as much as you do. Do you know what most people would give to have someone like that in their life?