Nina Bocci comes to the blog today with the second in her Hopeless Romantics series with a character who returns to the small town after years away in
Meet Me on Love Lane
Charlotte is out of options in New York and takes the only path open – return to her childhood home of Hope Lake in Pennsylvania, and fester there until she’s able to make her big return to the city. Leaving the small town after her parents’ divorces, Charlotte’s mother never had a good word to spare for the town or its residents. But, Charlotte still has childhood friends and a grandmother there – so she won’t be without some sort of company. Even if she’s determined not to enjoy the town, her time there or stray from her plans to leave.
And it is the characters that will keep you invested in this story: from Charlotte’s initial wishy-washy indecisiveness that made her the focus of many a solid “shake her silly” fantasy I had while reading. It’s not that she’s unlikable – quite the opposite – she’s shook and that had undermined her confidence and self-direction. It will take some seriously clever moments from her grandmother GiGi – who is one of the best characters with her don’t give a toss, hippie-isms, apple product addicted self who is able to dole out support and sarcasm in a matter of seconds. Her best friend from childhood, Emma, hasn’t changed much and is still fiercely protective and supportive. Nick, the bad boy with a heart of gold and an eye for seeing Charlotte matched up and staying about – but could that mean people think she’s playing two men? Because there is Henry – the perfect book boyfriend and friend anyone could hope for – and his attraction that he’s too shy to speak of – to Charlotte.
Sure – this is a familiar trope of ‘returning home’ to find what you were looking for all along, and Bocci does it so well. Characters are complete people with dimension, missteps, and plenty of heart and humor, and there are laugh out loud moments to contrast with the heart-melting moments – keeping the story an engaging read that doesn’t get mired down in the issues that are sorting themselves out as each page turns. I read the first book in this series – but you’ll never felt like you are missing information if you haven’t, and if you want a quick, fun, read that brings a happy ending – this is the book for you.
Title: Meet Me on Love Lane
Author: Nina Bocci
Series: Hopeless Romantics #2
Also in this series: On the Corner of Love and Hate
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humor elements, Second Chance, Small Town
Published by: Gallery Books
Published on: 10 December, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 25 minutes
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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.
Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.
She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.
With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.