Much Ado About You by Samantha Young is a fun, light-hearted romance that follows Evie who after a bad experience at work as well as in her love life, decides to take a break. She decides to travel to England, where she gets a chance to rent a bookstore in a small village and runs into the attractive farmer, Roane. Sparks fly between them, complicating matters since Evie had decided she’d be taking a break from dating for a while.
Now, romance books tend to be a hit or miss for me, and I would say this one was a hit for the most part. It was a lot of fun to read and kept me turning the pages. Apart from the romance, I also enjoyed reading about Evie falling in love with the village and its people. The different side-plots and characters were also really enjoyable to read. However, there were little things that bothered me about the book.
The main character, Evie, was supposed to be thirty-three, but a lot of times, she felt like a twenty-something figuring herself out. Of course, you can be figuring yourself out in your thirties as well, but with Evie, it was like everything about her was up in the air. She had worked for seven years editing a film magazine, but we know very little about her job or why she has been working on it for so long-the sexism that made her quit her job was written to seem rather caricaturish, almost. She’s almost literally told ‘hey, I know you’ve been working here for so long but we’ll be hiring a 25-year-old guy with 2 years experience instead for that position’-I felt it could have been written a lot better. And we get so little about Evie’s hobbies or interests or who she is as a person-we’re told she is into books and Shakespeare in particular, but we don’t see her talking about books all that much, apart from a few times when she first takes charge of the bookstore.
All the same, I would have given this book at least four stars if it were not for the unnecessary twist in the end.
So apparently Roane, the sexy farmer is not in his thirties as Evie thought, but twenty-six. And he is also the son of a baronet and would inherit the title after his father passes. I felt that was there for no reason except to create unnecessary drama, and it also seemed kind of strange and unbelievable to me. Roane somehow didn’t read like a twenty-six-year-old to me. Did Evie never feel that Roane looked or acted younger than the age she thought him to be? At one point she mentions how she thought he was her ‘thirtysomething farmer’. At that point they were engaged-did she really never ask the man she was going to marry how old he exactly was? And the baronet part-he is shown to constantly pull strings to help with things like applications, licenses etc.-and Evie never questions him about that? And the whole village was on the lie-and no one thought of telling Roane he was doing the wrong thing? I also found myself rolling my eyes at how they got engaged after a mere 3 months of dating or even knowing each other. I think there could have been a time skip or something
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