Rachel Winters comes to the blog with her debut novel – an adorable romantic comedy with plenty to enjoy in
Would Like to Meet
Charming and adorably dysfunctional – in all the best ways! Evie is a nearing 30 year old assistant to an agent, after her own dreams of becoming the “next big” screenwriter went south – and, as is common, she is overworked, underpaid and the most competent and capable in the office. But, there’s a screenplay due from an Oscar-Winning writer – that is seriously delayed, and a promotion (and better things) are in store for Evie IF she delivers. Of course the screenwriter Ezra is a giant-ego on legs with bad attitude, writer’s block and a genuine intention to make Evie’s life even more difficult – because our little heroine has a serious weakness. Meet Cutes. More specifically, the meet cutes that lead to lasting (or everlasting) love and romance. For Ezra (and most of her friends) think it’s a fairy tale – but if she can prove to Ezra with regaling him of her OWN series of “meet cutes” – he’ll have inspiration for a screenplay, and she’ll have her promotion. Easy Peasy.
Singleton and career-driven Evie has decided that her meet cutes will be ripped from the classic movies that fall into the “chick flick” category. Of course, her friends are supportive, but in a nice twist from many – they also call her out on bad choices and urge her to stop and think. She did meet a lovely man with a daughter – although his reaction to her ‘meet cute’ plan could throw a real monkey wrench into the mix for her. But – with all of the things going on, Evie is doing everything to prove Ezra (nicknamed nob – number one boychild) wrong about meet cutes being momentary, she also discovers that perhaps this is not her path, or her best option. While never really deeply addressing any of the ‘life events’ through this romp- the chaos and constant distractions available in the world are clearly presented – often with hilarious results.
My only knock on the story is the overly-complex plot bunny about the friend’s hen do and wedding, and the chaos that erupts around that even as the friends were solidly developed, her gay bestie was far more than a simple stereotype, and we even got to enjoy the calamity that were Ezra and her boss, Monty. A lovely debut with a ton of humor, a few implausible choices, good friends and an ending to swoon over – it’s the perfect “I can’t read another holiday story ever” antidote.
Title: Would Like to Meet
Author: Rachel Winters
Genre: British, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Putnam Adult
Published on: 3 December, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 14 minutes
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In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after?
After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she's been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency's biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.
The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer's block--and he'll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she'll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies--and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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