Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Just the Way You Are, a rom-com book written by B. Moran.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
A novel about friendship, romance and learning to love yourself – just the way you are.When Olivia Tennyson – or Ollie to her friends – was sixteen, she wrote a Dream List of all the things she wanted for her life, including a happy marriage and a family. But at twenty-nine, Ollie is single, living at home with her over-protective and manipulative mother, and is feeling like her dreams are getting further out of reach.
It’s time for a change.
It’s time to take matters into her own hands.
Without telling her mum, or more importantly, asking her permission, Ollie finds the perfect place to start her new life. End Cottage has a duck-egg blue front door, a garden that leads to acres of forest, and definitely counts as her dream home.
Now all Ollie has to do is complete the rest of her list and find out who she really is, before she can imagine any romance coming into her life. After all, how is she going to find her dream man in the middle of a forest…
Publication date: 17/02/22
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Cute. I’m not wild about the color palette.
Full disclosure, I love this book. I went in with my regular expectations—good technique, engaging plot—and they got blown away by Moran’s storytelling.
First thing first, Moran’s writing skills are superb. While there are a few missteps here and there, something a proofreader should have picked up, the flow and the pacing are flawless. Plus, Moran knows how to build anticipation and has a knack for offering the right solution for the right subplot at the right moment. Win/win/win.
The MC is a delight: Ollie goes through a magnificent arc, and while I don’t agree with some of her choices, I rooted for her from the start. Is she naïve and too tangled in an emotionally abusive relationship with her mother? Yes. Is she able to overcome her fears and spread her wings? Yes, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness.
I’ll admit I’m not that taken with Sam. He’s written in a great way, mind you; he just sounds a little too perfect on occasion, a detail that doesn’t go well with the realism I expect from a book. Still, it’s a minor thing and it won’t affect the final rating.
The cast of characters is perfect. On the biggish side, true, but everyone stands out, even the ones that only show up in a handful of pages.
All in all, Just the Way You Are is a real gem. Moran just gained another fan.
5 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Beth Moran is the author of four novels, including the bestselling Christmas Every Day. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.
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