Proof that life can change in the most unexpected of ways…
Etty Lawrence is a bestselling romance author. At least- she would be if she could just get someone to read her books. Apparently, Amazon doesn’t consider the 500 books purchased by your mother to be bestseller material.
When Etty’s given some simple advice from a friend- write what you know- she takes it to heart. But she’s never been in love before, and she doesn’t really have time to fall in love and write a novel at the same time. So, she convinces her slightly unwilling lifelong friend, Travis, to let her follow him around and witness real love, first hand. A third person memoir, if you will. Travis is the perfect hero for her story: he’s funny, smart, and good looking; only there’s one problem. He says all the wrong things. Does any girl really want to talk about the NHL trades? And his jokes would make a kindergarten class roll their eyes.
But the worst part is, Travis’s dates laugh at his corny jokes; the jokes he told Etty first. They touch his sweater; the sweater Etty bought him. And the way these women swoon and gush over him…they obviously aren’t leading lady material.
Now Etty has to take this love thing into her own hands if she has any hope of writing a bestseller that people other than her mother will buy.
This is the first Emily Harper book I’ve read. I was provided with a review copy, and had heard some great things, so I was really looking forward to reading it.
What I hadn’t realised, is just how much I would damn right love it. Emily’s writing is fantastic, in the sense that it is so easy to read because the narrative has such a natural sound. I really loved that. It’s hard to describe, but it almost didn’t feel like reading a book; it never felt like ‘oh now they’re describing the setting,’ or ‘here’s where they’re filling me in on the backstory,’ she nailed the 1st person to the point that Etty was so vivid in my mind, I could hear her telling me the story as if we were old friends gossiping over a bottle of wine.
The book is hilarious to boot, and I merrily laughed out loud throughout. You’ll definitely be wanting to finish it in one quick session, like I did – I couldn’t put it down.
As a writer and book enthusiast, I always enjoy the idea of the MC being a writer. Etty’s struggling at the moment, with a change of genre on the cards and not enough experience of having been in love herself. That’s when her life-long pal Travis comes in. She manages to rope him into letting her accompany him on his dates, to gather writing material. Let’s be honest, you just know from there it’s going to be a) a disaster and b) hilarious!
My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero is a fabulously witty and light-hearted book, and I thoroughly recommend it.