“Could not put this down! A relevant, sexy read!” —ABBY JIMENEZ, New York Times bestselling author
Gillian Libby brings you a bright, sexy, and hopeful story about friendship, self-discovery and acceptance, and fighting for your own happiness, even if it looks a little different than everyone else’s.
Millie Ward has been fired. Again. She’s tired of feeling like a failure, and she refuses to blame her ADHD the way her parents do every time she hits one of life’s speed bumps. This time, she’s going to let that speed bump actually slow her down, and jumps at the chance to visit her best friend―and Instagram influencer―Quincy in California. And she wouldn’t mind if that invitation also involved getting closer with Quincy’s brother, Pete.
Millie’s best friends Kate and Bree send her to Peacock Bay with the little black dress they share, giving her the confidence she needs to make the move. But Peacock Bay is full of mega influencers who have perfected the look of the surf lifestyle, and a minor misunderstanding has Millie joining their ranks. Can Millie and her magical dress convince Pete to face the Bay with her, or will Millie’s time in California be another misstep on her way to figuring out exactly who she is?
“Millie’s voice bursts off the page in this sparkling debut… You won’t want to put it down.” —Suzanne Park, author of So We Meet Again
“A smartly written story of friendship and self-discovery paired with a hefty dose of wit and charm. The perfect reminder to take risks and follow your heart.” —Ann Marie Walker, author of Lucky Leap Day
Libby's promising debut follows a refreshing heroine who doesn't have it all together. Millie Ward reluctantly moved to N.Y.C. for a "big girl job" in social media marketing. When she's fired, she seizes the opportunity to leave the city even though it means leaving two of her best friends, Kate and Bree. A lifelong surfer, Millie heads for the beach, deciding to visit the fourth member of their friend quartet, Quincy, in the picturesque California village of Peacock Bay, a hub of surfers and Instagram influencers. Among Peacock Bay's lures is Quincy's older brother, Pete Santana, with whom Millie's always felt a spark, though she's never approached him romantically due to her tendency to put her foot in her mouth. With the help of a lucky little black dress shared by all four friends, Millie rebuilds her life: jumping on a surfboard, gaining social media followers and getting closer to affable hotel owner Pete. But a local queen bee's strict rules about Peacock Bay's online image threaten Millie's newfound happiness. Millennial problems drive the conflict, but Millie and Pete's chemistry feels timeless. Readers will root for their happiness and look forward to seeing each of Millie's charming friends wear the dress in future outings. Agent: Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary.