Expected publication date: May 18, 2023 (Kindle Unlimited)
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review - thank you to the author!
Having been hurt in the past (and having her elderly mother to care for), Ivy isn't looking for a relationship, but Toby is convinced the two of them are perfect for each other. Despite the chaos that life throws at them, Toby continues to show up for her, and against all odds, Ivy finds herself slowly opening up to Toby - will she finally be able to take a chance on love?
In her second novel, Amanda Pennington has again crafted a sweet, contemporary rom-com. Although a bit heavier than her last book, there are still moments of levity and humor (I especially love the text messages that start each chapter!). There's just something about her writing style that is so cozy and enveloping, combined with the realistic and relatable plot and well-rounded characters.
Ivy is a burned-out artist, working a not-so-dream day job. She is also neurodivergent, adding layers to her personality. She is the grumpy to Toby's sunshine, a fun take on the trope. Toby is someone you are definitely going to fall in love with - he's the eternal optimist, kind, funny, handsome... you name it. He sees so much potential for him and Ivy - it was refreshing to see a man not shy away from his feelings and be open about what he wants, while still being respectful of Ivy's feelings. When Ivy's mother gets injured and has to move in with her daughter, Toby doesn't see it as a roadblock to their budding relationship, but rather an opportunity to show Ivy who he is.
In addition to the romance (which is totally clean, by the way, no spicy scenes), there are also wonderful friendships, a meddling neighbor, and an intimate look at the loving but complicated relationship between Ivy and her mother.
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