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From the author of Playing with Matches, the rollicking tale of a young jewelry shop owner who accidentally leads her Instagram followers to believe that she’s engaged—and then decides to keep up the ruse.
Eliza Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. One night, after learning of an ex’s engagement, Eliza accidentally posts a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger to her Instagram account beloved by 100,000 followers. Sales skyrocket, press rolls in, and Eliza learns that her personal life is good for business. So she has a choice: continue the ruse or clear up the misunderstanding. With mounting financial pressure, Eliza sets off to find a fake fiancé.
Fellow entrepreneur Blake seems like the perfect match on paper. And in real life he shows promise, too. He would be perfect, if only Eliza didn’t feel also drawn to someone else. But Blake doesn’t know Eliza is “engaged”; Sophie asks Eliza for an impossible sum of money; and Eliza’s lies start to spiral out of control. She can either stay engaged online or fall in love in real life.
Written with singular charm and style, Love at First Like is for anyone growing up and settling down in the digital age.
This appealing rom-com from Orenstein (Playing with Matches) smartly reveals the tremendous impact social media can have on someone. Eliza Roth and her sister, Sophie, are co-owners of Williamsburg jewelry shop Brooklyn Jewels. After Eliza hears her ex is engaged, she capriciously posts a photo of herself wearing one of the engagement rings from her shop on her Instagram account, which has 100,000 followers. After her post goes viral, she's inundated with offers of photos shoots, a free venue for the wedding, and a no-cost gown. There's one problem: she needs to find a groom. Eliza starts dating Blake Barrett, founder of a watch rental company. As their relationship becomes more serious, Eliza hopes that maybe he will propose in time to agree to the wedding date offered by the wedding venue. But Eliza is conflicted, because though she has been content with Blake, she shares a closer bond with her friend Raj, who works at a local bar and has heard all about the details of the wedding plans. Orenstein keeps the plot snappy and funny as the clock ticks down. Fans of romantic comedies where the characters discover what is most important in life will adore this one.