Sunday, May 17, 2020

Book Review: In Other Words, Love by Shirley Jump

I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons, but the fact that it was about a writer really struck my fancy. Thank you to Netgalley and Hallmark Publishing for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kate and Trent are exes who find themselves suddenly working together. She’s a ghostwriter and he’s a businessman man, running an outdoor company. He’a promised his publisher a memoir draft but completing the draft is turning out to be a lot more difficult than he thought.

If only writing a book was as easy as hiking a mountain.

I’m sure you see where this story is going. Kate signs on to write Trent’s book for him. It’s a bit of a sticky situation at first. They broke up in college and now it’s fifteen years later. Needless to say, both of them have a different understanding of why the relationship didn’t work out.

I loved reading about Kate’s writing career. It was interesting to learn about ghostwriting. Even though she is a great writer, Kate has some insecurities about writing other people’s books instead of her own.

Meanwhile, her own manuscript is collecting dust in her desk at home.

Trent was a great leading man because even though he was a bit complicated what with dealing with his father’s disappointment with him for not coming home after college to take over the family business, he was realistic and not overly dramatic.

As the story developed I found myself getting attached to the characters. I really enjoyed the side characters of Kate’s grandma Wanda and her cat Charlie.

I love a supportive grandparent in romantic fiction! Haha.

I recommend this book if you like realistic fiction about exes looking into the past and seeing if a future might be possible.

It’s not easy, but it’s certainly true to life.

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Thanks for checking out my book review of In Other Words, Love. Have you read this book? Let me know what you think of it in the comments.

Until next time,
Marian

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