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Review: Georgie After All by Kate Clayborn

Title: Georgie After All

Author: Kate Clayborn
Year published: 2023
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)USA (VA)

SummaryLongtime personal assistant Georgie Mulcahy has made a career out of putting others before herself. When an unexpected upheaval sends her away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, Georgie must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page.

But then Georgie comes across a forgotten artifact—a “friendfic” diary she wrote as a teenager, filled with possibilities she once imagined. To an overwhelmed Georgie, the diary’s simple, small-scale ideas are a lifeline—a guidebook for getting started on a new path.

Georgie’s plans hit a snag when she comes face to face with an unexpected roommate—Levi Fanning, onetime town troublemaker and current town hermit. But this quiet, grouchy man is more than just his reputation, and he offers to help Georgie with her quest. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side—if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back.

Honest and deeply emotional, Georgie, All Along is a smart, tender must-read for everyone who’s ever wondered about the life that got away . . .

Review: I was in the mood for something fun and judged a book by it's cover. Yes, this book is fun and romantic. Good call, Helen!

I really like both Georgie and Levi, our main characters. They are flawed adults but not so flawed that they can't be on the right track by the end of the novel (and, you all know me, I love and expect a happy ending when I am reading romance!). I appreciate that they own their mistakes, continue to screw up sometimes, don't always get it right, but try to be honest and open. That's all we can really hope for, isn't it?

I was also drawn to the small town aspect of the story because it reminded me a bit of Santa Barbara where I live. Our surrounding area is probably 150,000 total people, but it still often feels like a small town. Mostly that's a good thing, but sometimes it feels too small and that is apparent in this story: the good and the bad of everyone knowing you since childhood. To me, and Georgie, it's mostly good.

I do like the romance between Georgie and Levi. They are so drawn to one another and the descriptions of their thoughts, feelings, and actions felt very real (read: awkward, sweet, flawed, and wonderful).

Challenges for which this counts: none

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