Better than Fiction
"If you think life is better than fiction, then you haven’t read Alexa Martin’s fiction."—NPR
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Love isn’t always by the book in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story.
As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn’t anticipate inheriting her grandma’s bookstore, the Book Nook. She’s in way over her head even before the shop’s resident book club, comprising seven of the naughtiest old ladies ever, begin to do what they do best—meddle.
Bestselling author Jasper Williams is a hopeless romantic. When he meets Drew at his Book Nook signing event, he becomes determined to show her the beauty of reading. He curates a book bucket list in exchange for her help exploring the local Denver scene for his current manuscript. From going river rafting to trying local restaurants, Drew begins to connect with Jasper in a way she only thought happened in fiction.
When messy family ties jeopardize the future of the Book Nook, Drew is caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. She’s reminded that real life isn’t always big dreams and sweeping romance. But Jasper is the plot twist she never saw coming and he’s writing a happily ever after just for them.
Martin (Intercepted) shines in this enchanting tale of a reluctant bookstore owner and the author who shows her love is possible. After photographer Drew Young's grandmother dies, Drew inherits her beloved Denver bookstore, the Book Nook. Though not an avid reader, she's determined to keep her grandmother's legacy alive and keep the store going. Among the Book Nook's regulars are "the Dirty Birds," a meddling but endearing group of elderly romance fans who conspire to set Drew up with bestselling romance author Jasper Williams. Sparks fly between the unlikely couple, but complications arise first when Drew's obnoxious, entitled father tries to take over the bookstore and then when a small but consequential secret about Jasper's past with the store comes to light. Hopeless romantic Jasper has a reputation for writing perfect "book boyfriends"—and readers will find that he fulfills this fantasy pretty well himself. The charmingly ornery Drew makes a great contrast, and it's emotionally satisfying to watch her high walls come down. Stellar supporting characters—especially Drew's bestie, Elsie, and sister, Daisy—add humor throughout. The result is utterly entertaining. Agent: Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary.
Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
Better than Fiction by Alexa Martin is a charming bookish book about a woman who inherits a small bookstore from her grandmother. I enjoyed this heartwarming romantic comedy very much.
Drew Young just inherited her Grandmothers bookshop, The Book Nook. Unfortunately, Drew is not a book lover. Why read the book when the movie is so much better? She remembers how much her Grandmother loved the story and she has wonderful memories of hanging out with her in the store.
Drew encounters a book club that has been around almost as long as the store and the women in the club are interfering and bossy. But, Drew doesn’t mind as they remind her of her Grandmother. Hopeless romantic and bestselling author Jasper Williams comes to The Book Nook for a signing, and when he learns that Drew doesn’t like to read, he makes it his mission to turn her into a bookworm.
I loved the concept of a nonreader inheriting a bookstore, and it worked wonderfully in this story. The book club ladies were an added bonus as they added some humor and heart to the story. Jasper is a dream hero, and his love of book and romance really endeared him to me. I enjoyed all the adventures that Drew and Jasper went on, as I’ve been to some of the places they visited.
Drew seems to be a bit of a mess at first, but as the story moves on, I realized that she has so much to give and she became one of my favorite characters. She didn’t need to grow or change, she just needed to realize how to harness the talents that are deep inside her. In the beginning, Drew and Jasper seem very incompatible, but as we learn more about each of these characters, they are much more alike than what it seems in the beginning.
I highly recommend Better Than Fiction to anyone who enjoys fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Didn’t like the heroine