After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn't love her in the "forever" way she loves him, Cadie believes it's time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.
But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie's favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It's a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?
Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.
This delightful sophomore novel from Turner (The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck) features a mash-up of rom-com clich s cleverly strung together as a last-ditch effort to save a relationship. Thirty-year-old Cadie McCaffrey meets Will Whitaker during her disastrous birthday party, a meet-cute that develops into a four-year relationship. But after four years, Will keep stalling on getting engaged. Cadie is determined to end the relationship, and Will, in his desperation, promises her a special night. She gives him one more chance, but the night goes horribly wrong when things turn physical and Will's expectation that they'll sleep together makes Cadie uncomfortable. While Cadie prays for guidance and believes she must cut things off, Will is determined to win back her affection. A friend suggests that he research romantic gestures by watching Cadie's favorite movies, and so, with cues from Big Fish, Juno, and Never Been Kissed (among others), Will goes to elaborate lengths to recreate scenes from the movies, but his plan fails when Cadie realizes what he is doing. Turner digs into issues of faith and personal comfort as Will and Cadie work to know one another more deeply. Ostensibly an homage to romantic movies, Turner's moving inspirational romance is also a powerful investigation of regret and forgiveness.