Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📖 Q: who was the last new to you author you tried & was it love, dislike, or indifference? 😬
I can be pretty daring and/or reckless depending on how you look at it 😆 about requesting ARCs so I decided to take a chance with Julia Whelan’s Thank You for Listening without having read My Oxford Year.
Initially I was caught off-guard by the opening—which is the heroine listening to a passage from a badly written romance novel—& by her disdain for a genre that I love. But I figured better things were coming and they did, as said MC, Sewanee Chester, learns what romance novels have to offer readers & what romance IRL has to offer her.
Thank You for Listening features two audiobook narrators who meet & connect IRL under misleading or vaguely given identities & then reconnect via email & text for a big romance audiobook job without realizing they’ve previously hooked up before.
So feelings—& half truths & lies—get pretty messy in this one, although everything eventually works out for that Happy Ending I was hoping for.
Thank You For Listening deals with heavier topics like Sewanee’s eye loss from a plane propeller accident, her grandmother’s memory loss, her father’s past cheating etc. but there’s a great, supportive friendship & sweet moments between the leads—as well as a cute epistolary exchange—that balance those with lightness.
This book wasn’t love for me but I do think there’s a lot to appreciate!
4 ⭐️. Release date: 08/02.
Give me that HEA, please.
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