Published by Harper
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
A hilarious, modern and insightful look at modern coupledom from the initimiable Lindsey Kelk
“You’ve just had a holiday,” I pointed out, trying not to yawn. “Wasn’t that enough of a break?”“I don’t mean that kind of break.”
There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.
Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work as a vet - animals are so much simpler than humans - and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other?
More importantly, do they want to?
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What do you do when your boyfriend who had planned on putting a ring on it suddenly says he wants “a break?” What does that mean? That’s what happens to Liv. Lindsey Kelk’s warm romantic comedy is the story of two people trying to figure out what they want—both romantically and in their own lives.
Liv and Adam’s Mexican vacation doesn’t go as either of them had planned. Adam was supposed to propose to her. Liv was expecting a proposal, as she had been tipped off by her best friend, Cass, who is also Adam’s brother’s wife. But oddly enough, the proposal didn’t happen and instead their last night in paradise was anything but romantic. Now back in Long Harrington after a disappointing end to their trip, Adam says he wants a break. Not only that, her father unilaterally decides he’s handing over the family veterinary clinic to Liv. What does Liv want? What does Adam want?
This book was quite funny in several parts. But if I’m completely honest, it moved quite slow for me. The book felt very long, which was likely due to the very introspective narrative. While I don’t mind this style per se, it didn’t entirely work because I didn’t feel completely engaged with Adam or Liv. In the beginning, Adam came off as a jerk and Liv made some choices that I didn’t quite understand.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy the story overall. And I really loved Liv and Adam’s friends. My favorite character was Liv’s co-worker, David. He was a riot! He is crass, a ladies man, and eternally hopeful that Liv’s other best friend, Abi, will let him take her to pleasure town. Side note: I was really hoping that something would happen between these two. I’d totally be okay if Kelk wanted to write a spin-off with Abi and David. Please let that happen.
Normally when couples break up and then don’t communicate, that bothers me. But it didn’t irritate me with this book because it felt natural. This is categorized as women’s fiction, which implies a woman’s journey. But Adam has his own story arc and self-realization. His brother Chris is sort of the golden boy, while Adam is a law school dropout turned carpenter who’s living in his grandparents house. He feels inadequate for Liv, who’s a veterinarian. But throughout the story, he really comes into his own skin and realizes what he wants.
I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun romantic comedy. Even though I found it to be slow, it was delightful in many parts.
* Thanks to Harper for providing me with an advance copy for review. Receiving this book for free did not affect my opinion.
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