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Dear Ava,How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one dateDear Ava,How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two - she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer...and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!...

Title : Just the Way You Are
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ISBN : 9781474033596
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Just the Way You Are Reviews

  • Irena
    2019-01-05 10:13

    I am not really sure how many pages this book has, but it certainly felt like too many.I went into this story with positive feelings and decent expectations.The premise sounded so interesting: a girl who works for Magazine has a secret admirer who sends her love letters, and now she's on a mission to found out who he is.It even says it is perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk.I am not sure if the person who actually wrote that premise ever read a book written by Lindsey Kelk, but let me just say: her books are pieces of brilliance!This one - not so much!At first it started all solidly: the writing style was simple, the main character was sympathetic, clumsy at times and interesting enough. She had friends, not so easy situation at her work and that secret admirer all the fuss was about.I am not too sure when it all started to go downhill (the chapters were short but it felt like it took ages to read them, the side story lost it's spark, the letters were too cheesy for my taste, characters bacame too pasive) but I do know what was the main point that made me realize this book wasn't for me at all:It was at position 62%, when Ava did to her friend what no friend would ever do, and she wasn't even aware of what she was doing. I don't think it came to author's mind either.And then, the secret admirer was revealed. And, let me tell you, at the very beginning I had a feeling it could be him, but all I was thinking while reading was: please, just don't let it be him! If it turnes out it's him, he will be a big hypocrite and a shitty boyfriend choice.Of course, it was him.At that point, I just wanted to DNF the book, but I continued with the torture for the sake of reviewing it.And of course, the shady guy got the girl in the end! (And Ava was pleased with those cheesy letters, but that cute singing teddybear was not good enough??)Note: I got this book for free via Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review. Thank you CARINA.

  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2019-01-04 05:02

    Read on the WondrousBooks blog.I'd reviewed for Carina UK once before and I decided to check their profile out on NetGalley. That's how I stumbled upon this book and I was so excited about it when I requested it, that I could barely content myself until my request was approved.Therefore, I think my expectations were just a bit too high. But look at that spectacular cover, read the awesome blurb and you'll understand me.I couldn't say that Just the Way You Are is masterfully written, but it's fun and sexy and sweet. If you are a sucker for the romance genre, read it! I distinguish two types of romance: the one a-la Danielle Steel in which there is romance and only romance, lots of "love-making" and insta-love, and the second type: which has romance, but also lots of hilarious scenes, sex, instead of love, many misunderstandings and much more. I think that British authors are more inclined to the latter and that's exactly the type of romance that I just love.And that's Just the Way You Are for you: a quirky main character, who always messes things up but has a good heart and a way of fixing her messes, a grumpy but funny best friend, a hot and nice leading male, a "cow" of an archenemy and sweet recurring characters.Now, this book wasn't as humorous as Love, Rosie or as fabulous as Anna and the French Kiss. Ava definitely managed to get herself in many messes, though not nearly as many as what happens in the Shopaholic series. That's probably the problem I had with the book. It went easy on all of its main characteristics.  It's supposed to be funny, but not funny enough, interesting, but not interesting enough, a comedy of errors, which, however, are not as grave as for the reader to be wondering how is the character ever going to be able to get herself out of them.That being said, the book was pretty enjoyable nonetheless. I even brought it along to read in uni, even though it's not something I usually practice.The writing itself posed some questions/problems for me:1. The author had the nagging need to mention the brogue of each and every character Ava meets. What for? I, for one, don't really care if Random character #183912 is from Manchester, Liverpool or London. It doesn't really contribute to the story.2. Everyone was calling each other names, among which we see "chick" and "munchkin" the most.3. I can't claim that I'm highly familiar with British slang, but "daft mare/cow" seemed very offensive to me. (Not a rant, just seemed strange to me, it might as well be totally normal. In Bulgarian if you call a woman a "cow" you might just get punched)* * * S P O I L E R S * * *a) I find it highly unconvincing that Ava, suddenly, after 20 years of knowing him, decided to start falling for Max at the beginning of the book. It really doesn't seem that she liked him that way before, and all of a sudden, when it was convenient, she started noticing him, just in time to find out that he is Mr Writer.b) Was it a mystery of ANYONE that Max was Mr Writer? Because I knew it from the moment the two of them talked about him. Actually, before Mr Writer was mentioned, I knew that Ava was going to end up with Max in the first chapter. When he was first introduced, he was too attached and gentle, to a point I thought he was her gay best friend, but then his girlfriend showed up and I was all "So he's in love with her then". If it was supposed to be a mystery that he was sending her the letters: mission failed.

  • Yoda
    2018-12-24 07:27

    This is a story about a twenty six year old woman that has had a secret admirer few years prior that suddenly starts sending her more letters. At the same time she goes on dates with a man from work that has "potential". And she spends times with a friend that she has a "spark" with. I really wanted to like it, the story had so much potential but I just couldn´t make myself enjoy it. The main character was so incredibly annoying I´m happy I don´t have friends like her.I´m gonna find him! No wait I´m afraid I´m not gonna! But I will. No I won´t!So much going back and forth. Personally I hate when characters are angry at their boss/friend/parents and in one thought go from being angry to seeing their point.. "Oh I hate when she does that, it´s so unreasonable! But I do understand where she is coming from!" WTF? WHY?

  • Jenny in Neverland
    2019-01-06 13:05

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long but I’ve also been a bit worried about reviewing it; being written by someone I know and am very close to. I was also worried that my readers would find my review very biased because of that reason. Although, yes, I may be slightly biased in my opinion, Lynsey knows that I will always be honest with her about things I like/disliked. Luckily, for me, there was very little I disliked! I absolutely flew through it; it was so easy and effortless to read and get caught up in.Just The Way You Are is about Ava, who at university started receiving anonymous love letters. After arranging to meet up with the secret admirer and him not showing up, 6 years has passed and the letters start happening again but this time Ava sets out to try and find out who he is. Amongst other elements of her life; her job, her best friends Max and Gwen and a new friend she meets along the way this is very much a story of Ava finding Mr. Writer, working out what she wants and overcoming her past fears.I had mixed feelings about Ava throughout and didn’t always agree with her actions but I was rooting for her and hoped beyond hope she would find her happy ending after so much disappointment in her life. However, I also wanted her to have a bit more confidence and faith in herself; she calls herself a “cow” or thinks she’s being an idiot frequently throughout the book and I just wanted to scream at her, “YOU’RE NOT AVA! YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!” Although I wanted to strangle Ava sometimes, I loved that Lynsey made me so invested in the characters – not just Ava, all of them. They all have their quirks and their flaws; they made me laugh, they made me cry and they made me want to scream and my Kindle. That marks the sign of fantastically real characters.I really loved the plot of the story; it’s definitely unlike anything I’ve read before. I worked out who Mr. Writer was before it was revealed but frequently questioned myself as to whether I was right or not. Aside from Ava finding her mystery man, there were many more elements of this story that I enjoyed. It’s not just about love but very much about friendship too; the old, the new and the unexpected and I loved how much Ava cared about her friends and also loved how heavily they featured in the book.Now time to get personal; I saw so much of Lynsey throughout this book – from things she’s told me that have happened to her that she’s weaved into the story in some way or another or things she’s said in the past. One line in particular, “Eveything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, then it’s not the end” which she’s said to me more times than I can possibly remember. I’m honoured to have been able to read this book so early on and this is definitely the start of a successful career for Lynsey and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

  • Laura
    2019-01-02 06:05

    My goodness people, this is a belter. I always feel wary of reviewing books written by people I know - I always worry I'll dislike it and have to lie that it's great or I'll really love it and people will think I'm lying. But no, neither of those things matter with this book because anyone who reads it will see I'm not lying when I say I LOVED IT. It's always a slightly scary experience delving into a debut as you don't know if the writing style will suit you and the plot will grab you. Sometimes it can take a good portion of the book before you really 'get into' it. Just The Way You Are had me hooked instantly. I immediately warmed to the protagonist and her two best friends, Max & Gwen, and found myself desperate to see what they were going to get up to. Ava is our main character who is a little, ok a LOT, unlucky in love. Having had her heart broken and never finding anyone to fix it, she spends her time wondering what happened to the mystery secret admirer who used to write her love letters years ago. With a big pitch at work to contend with, the last thing Ava needs is a complicated love life but fate has other plans. A beautiful love letter arrives for Ava and suddenly Mr Writer is back again, writing her love letters from afar. Ava sets on a quest to find out who he really is and find out once and for all if he really is the man of her dreams.I loved the premise for this novel - it was a really cleverly weaved mystery with some gorgeous side plots to keep the reader guessing. I had my suspicions of who Mr Writer was and I smiled so widely when my suspicions were proved right. It felt like such a perfect love story. James writes with a really lovely level of description which had me visualising everything in crystal detail. I could picture the old shortbread tin Ava stored the letters in and even the descriptions of Manchester totally brought the book alive. I am so thrilled that I was able to read this book so soon and I cannot wait until people can start reading it. I honestly adored this book and the gorgeous characters, Ivy and Max, to name a few! I would love to see a sequel to this book as I feel the characters have so so much left in them and it feels like their story has only just begun. I imagine this is the beginning of a very long and successful writing career for Lynsey. A gorgeous debut novel about first love and second chances that had me grinning from ear to ear.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2018-12-30 07:05

    Dear reader, How do you start writing a review for a book you have fallen head over heels in love with? I'm hoping you know, as I'm not sure I have the skills, or know how to turn how much I love Just The Way You Are, into a usable review.This is easily the most romantic book I have read this year (so far). I was gripped from the first moment, where we meet Ava. How do I describe Ava? Well she is unlucky in love, and has just lost out writing the dating column for the magazine she write for. After a humorous incident in the interview, she is given as a consolation prize, a new role - Wedding columnist. Just one small problem she hates weddings, especially after the amount of times her mother has been married.Ava, although not having had a boyfriend in years, is in love. She has been inlove for the past 6 years with the secret admirer who wrote her letters at university, nicknamed Mr Writer. Mr Writer starts writing new letters to her after a gap of six years, at a time where Ava could be starting a new relationship, with a handsome new colleague at work. Max and Gwen are Ava's best friends, and like all good best friends should, they encourage her to go on a quest, to discover the Mr Writer's identity once and for all.With the quality of the writing, I was falling in love with Mr Writer myself. His letters are designed to make Ava feel incredibly special, and it is so refreshing, to in this modern technology driven time, to receive hand written letters from a secret admirer. I'll be honest, I did work out who was sending the letters quite early on, but I was enjoying the story so much, and was so gripped reading, that I didn't mind one bit that I was correct. The journey to the reveal was entertaining. There is a secondary love story in Just The Way You Are, its a beautiful, featuring an older couple, that Ava is trying to help. I cannot stress enough how refreshing a voice Lynsey James has, and what a glorious writing style she has. I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this book (apart from perhaps the characters you are meant to dislike, and even in those cases, they were written with a great deal of humanity, and you could see weaknesses too). This is an amazing début novel, and I hope to see a long writing career for talented Lynsey James. If I could give this book more than five stars then I would, as it is, it deserves every single star it can get.

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2018-12-22 08:25

    When Lynsey James asked me if I would review her book I jumped at the chance as I know she is very active in the blogosphere and that some of my fellow bloggers rate her very highly and are good friends with her. I loved the idea behind Just the Way You Are even before I began reading because I am a big fan of letter writing. It's such a personal way of telling somebody your feelings, and you can often be so much more open than you could ever be face to face. I find that to be the case anyway and I found myself remembering some of the letters I wrote when I was a teenager - total cringe.Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. Six years ago she started receiving letters from a secret admirer, Mr Writer. But when they suddenly stopped, Ava was heartbroken. Now Mr Writer has started writing to Ava again, and this time around she is determined to uncover his identity. There's such a great mix of characters in Just the Way You Are and a wonderful friendship group in the form of Max, Gwen and Ava - although the friendship with Gwen at times was slightly questionable. I didn't really connect with her at all, especially when compared to other books within the genre where the main character usually has a really close girlfriend. I just didn't feel it. That said, for reasons I can't go into without spoilers, certain happenings do call for a little bit of tension amongst the group.I didn't mind that the identity of Mr Writer was so glaringly obvious from pretty much a few pages in. You would have to be pretty dense (or Ava) not to work it out but I don't think it's written as any great mystery, and the enjoyment from books such as these is that predictable factor, and the assumption that eventually everything will work out for those characters that you very quickly fall in love with. Whether at work or in life Ava is always doubting herself, and she's a character that you can really see needs a little bit more self-confidence, to believe in herself as the reader does and she's a character I definitely rooted for throughout the story. Especially in her work life with pantomime villain Maddie. And speaking of bitches another one comes in the form of Max's snooty girlfriend Amira, one of those girls that isn't actually all that and you are left wondering just what he could possibly see in her. I thought he was gay when we first met him!Lynsey James has a great writing style and on the whole, for a debut novel it is an impressible and truly enjoyable read from start to finish. Plus, we weren't even 5% into the book when we had been treated to two Harry Potter references. Win. Just the Way You Are is one of those books which shows if you find love, or are secretly in love then shout it out loud, fight for it, and never let it go. The messages of love and friendship are even more meaningful when we are introduced to the character of Ivy who shows Ava the true meaning of love, and what it can be like when you don't fight for it. Or when you let it go. I was left wondering whether all of the characters would find their happy ever after, especially when Ava goes all Holly Willoughby on us. It's a beautiful little story with an ending that was sublime. It's clear the amount of effort and care that has gone into writing this story. I highly recommend Just the Way You Are and I can't wait to see what Lynsey James writes next.

  • Leah
    2018-12-22 12:22

    My love of Chick Lit has been waning in recent months, but every now and then, I like to pick up a Chick Lit read and remind myself of some of the good times. After all, some of my favourite authors still write Chick Lit novels and as long as I don’t overdose on Chick Lit, I’m good. One novel that caught my eye was Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James. I heard about it a little while ago and it sounded fantastic, and just a teensy little bit like Lucy Robinson’s outstanding A Passionate Love Affair With A Total Stranger.I love books with real letters in them, especially love letters! And Ava is a girl who’s received a lot of love letters, all from the mysterious Mr Writer (who, actually, wasn’t all the mysterious and whose identity I guessed pretty darn quick). I actually didn’t mind that I knew who Mr Writer was. I mean, it’s actually blindingly, glaringly obvious, and there was a small part of me that wondered just how Ava was so oblivious (but, then again, she did think it was Bradley Cooper ;)). The letters were actually one of my favourite parts of the novel, because they were just so fun and romantic, and I just knew that if Mr Writer ever did get up the nerve to reveal himself, it would be the start to one of the greatest love stories ever told. And considering there’s ANOTHER pretty epic love story (that of Leo and Ivy, sigh) in Just The Way You Are, that’s saying something.Lynsey is such a talented writer. I really, really enjoyed getting to know Ava. She’s the kinda girl I could be friends with. And that’s what I love in a heroine, I want someone I could imagine myself having a drink and a chat with. I loved her best friend, Max, too. Though is it wrong I initially thought he was gay? I’ve read too much Chick Lit; thankfully, he wasn’t, he had a girlfriend Amira, and he was just lovely. And I really, really want him to cook me one of his chicken stir fries, please?Probably my only issue in the novel was the flip-flopping of Gwen, Ava’s “best friend”, who made me cover my eyes at times at her harsh, brutal words. Words I’d expect to have heard from Ava’s enemy, whose name escapes me, but who also flip-flopped from awful to kind. I’m never a fan of characters who’s personalities wildly change within seconds and both Gwen and enemy-with-the-name-M were culpable of that. Missy? Megan? Jesus, I literally just finished the book *holds head in hands*Overall, I really enjoyed Just The Way You Are. It was such a cute, delightful read, and after seeing Lynsey’s love letter to Miranda Dickinson over on Novelicious a week or so ago, they do write in a very similar (delightful!) way. I can’t wait to see what she does next, as this one will have tons of fans with it’s delightful plot and charming characters!

  • Katey Lovell
    2019-01-08 07:09

    Actual rating 3.5I've 'known' Lynsey on twitter for a few years now through the book blogger community and was thrilled to hear she'd been offered a book deal with Carina! She'd mentioned her writing before and I loved the idea of a mysterious admirer sending old-fashioned love letters - after all, you can't get much more romantic than that.Just the Way You Are is Ava's story. There's her work life, where she's desperate to write a barn-storming article to win the dating column from her arch-rival. Her tight friendships with Gwen and Max, people she hopes will always have her back. The relationship she builds with Ivy, a lady she strikes up a bond with and decides to make it her mission to reunite her with lost love Leo. And of course, the letters from Mr Writer... That's the one part of the book I was less keen on, the secret admirer. The idea itself was great, but I just didn't feel there were enough contenders for the role of Mr Writer. There wasn't any mystery for me and I'd expected to be wondering who was wooing Ava for far longer than I actually was. This book is marketed as a romantic puzzle but for me the subplots were far more appealing, mainly because unlike the Mr Writer storyline, I genuinely wasn't sure how they'd play out. Personally, I was more drawn to Ivy and Leo's story than Ava's and I'd have loved them to be the central characters in this book. Their story had such bitter-sweet history and with Ava determined to reunite them I was willing a happy ending for this older couple. Ivy was definitely my favourite character - wise, but with a sense of fun.I'm looking forward to seeing what Lynsey does next when her second novel, The Broken Hearts Book Club is released next week.

  • Paige
    2019-01-06 12:01

    2 "Be Yourself" StarsBased on the blurb I was really intrigued and excited to read this book, but in the end, I was disappointed. During college Ava began receiving love letters from a secret admirer referred to as Mr. Writer. In the letters Mr. Writer lets it be known that he knows Ava well but just isn't secure enough to out himself yet. Finally he says he's going to meet her, but never shows up and the letters stop. Six years later, Ava is writing for a magazine and spending time with her best friends Max and Gwen. Mysteriously the letters start again and she and her friends start to try and find who he is themselves since he never did.This story fell flat for me because none of the characters were very strong. They all kind of just plodded along hoping things would happen for them instead of making taking the lead. Ava does take initiative to find Mr. Writer, but after finding him she just lets him go because she's scared? I'm not really sure. Mr. Writer was even worse. I realized who he was pretty early on and he had no backbone. He started writing letters again but continued to not be really "available" and continued to make terrible decisions in regards to Ava. It was beyond frustrating that he was so weak. I know not every hero needs to be an alpha male, but I would have loved for him to at least go for what he wanted considering he had a lot of time to plan this and had known Ava before he even started writing the letters. Arc provided by publisher via Netgalley for honest review.

  • Maryline M's Bookshelf
    2018-12-21 10:29

    This review was first published at M's Bookshelf - http://mssbookshelf.blogspot.ocmHow many times can two people who are perfect for each other screw up their chance of happiness together? Apparently, a lot.Lynsey James has created some wonderful, easy to love characters. It's heartbreaking to watch them go through break-ups and self-doubt, because you can't help but feeling they're your close friends. You want the absolute best for them - which is why, at times, you just want to give them a good slap on the bum for being so blind!Just The Way You Are has everything from big romantic gestures and amazing friendships to a glitzy job and a love-to-hate nemesis.I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm already looking forward to more Lynsey James!

  • Danielle
    2019-01-08 06:24

    I don't think it lived up to what I thought it would be but it was a decent story. I could tell it was max right away. Just a shame they missed all that time together dating the wrong people. I don't know if there was a book before this but it would have been nice to see when it started 6 years ago then starting at the present time.

  • D.K. Hamilton
    2019-01-12 10:06

    Just the Way You Are is chick lit at its finest! I loved following Ava on her journey of finding Mr. Writer! The entire story was great and the ending was perfect! This is a must read for all chick lit lovers!

  • Agi
    2019-01-17 06:18

    "Just the Way You Are" is probably one of the most anticipated releases in May - firstly, the premise to the book had me already at the first word, it's brilliant! Secondly, yes, I know, I'm a sucker for a great cover, and it is a great cover, no? And thirdly, Lynsey James is a book - blogger turned author! And it's really hard to judge a book written by a fellow blogger! But, as Lynsey herself was also on the other side, she perfectly realises that we are here to write our own, honest opinions about the story that we've just read.After six years break, Ava starts to receive love letters from her secret admirer, so - called Mr Writer, again. They have already had arranged a meeting but Mr Writer has never appeared and the letters stopped coming. Six years later and the letters starts again... But what now? Is it worth to come out of her comfort zone and her safe world that she has built with her best friends Gwen and Max, and investigate this time? Who is the secret Mr Writer? And well, perhaps this story will help Ava to see her article on the cover of the magazine she works for...The book started brilliant, with Ava being a bridesmaid on her own mum's seventh wedding, and the way Ava described her new step - father were witty and I really had a smile on my lips. But then it slowly started to slow down, and apart of having few really funny, embarrassing moments it was on the same, steady level.The characters has just felt too flat for my liking and any of them was really developed. As much as Ava was lovely girl with a heart of gold, there was nothing special to her, nothing that would make her outstanding. She - and her friends - just went through the life, not living it actually, only being. Mr Writer was really, really weak, and nothing can justify his letters. Who was he, thinking that he can decide about Ava and her feelings, that he can play with her feelings in such a way? How dare he say he loves her so much when he only makes Ava to suffer? Also everything seemed so easy to our Ava. All the men fell in love with her, all wanted to go with her for a date, at work she's seen things that helped her to force through her ideas...The characters were too one - dimensional inmy opinion, and the whole book was obvious. Predictable. I almost instantly knew who Mr Writer is and I couldn't believe that it took Ava so long to figure out the same.Mr Writer himself also annoyed me terribly. What kind of person writes love letters to a girl, promises her a meeting and then goes quiet for 6 years, only to start writing this over - eloquent letters again, telling her he loves her so much and reminisce? I think those letter were the part of the book that annoyed me mostly to be honest. The search for him was not my cup of tea so much, it was too easy, and Ava had no problems with finding the guys, and what happened later when she met with some of them was for me not at all funny, only too obvious.And again we have an elderly woman who is sharing her worldly wisdom and experience with Ava, and thanks to her Ava sees the world in different colours... I think one more book with lovely pensioners who change the main character's life and perspective and I'm going to start to bite.Maybe if I hadn't known who the secret Mr Writer is the whole story would be much more interesting, and I'd be cheering Ava in searching for her secret admirer. But as I was sure I know who it is it just couldn't capture my attention enough. Also, I was thinking, Ava, what do you want? Suddenly, after many years of friendship you decide to have feelings for your best friend Max, yet you are determined to discover who Mr Writer is. Also, I really couldn't understand the attraction all the male characters felt to Ava - there was nothing special about this girl to be honest.The book was packed with many sub - plots bur sadly, I couldn't settle for any of them. Maybe it's because they were all really absolutely predictable and to be honest, I was sure how they're going to end when they barely started. I guess I mostly enjoyed the aspects of Ava's work at the magazine, as those were the most dynamic, fast - paced parts of the book, and also the funniest, although being sick during the presentation was a little exaggerated... no? To be honest, I enjoyed the people Ava worked with much more than her best friends Gwen and Max, the interaction between them and Ava was just easier and sounded much more realistic than the one she had with her friends. Strange. Maybe it's because both of them, Gwen and Max, could so very quickly turn from being the best, understanding friends into the greatest rivals, not at all supporting? And I don't know, was this friendship like this for the whole time? Not necessarily my idea of friendship. I'd really much preferred Fran to Gwen, and although Fran was one of the background characters I'd say that she was one of the most developed and complex ones in the book.So I think I could summarise this book like this: it was funny, but not yet funny enough. The characters were good, but not yet good enough. There was potential. It didn't live up to my expectations but nevertheless, it was enjoyable, decent story. It could be much shorter for my liking, as it felt a little too long and there were moments the whole story felt too forced and too pushed. I know that Ivy's story was significant for Ava's work but nevertheless, as I have already mentioned, one older, wise woman doesn't guarantee that the story will be more interesting.But oh my gosh, don't take me wrong! There is an incredible potential to the story and Lynsey is a very talented writer! Her writing style is easy to follow, charming, light and witty and I enjoyed the book. But I could enjoy it more. It was a cute, sweet debut novel and I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Lynsey has just signed a two - books deal - way to go Lynsey, and get to work, woman, as I want to read your books!Copy received from publisher in exchange for a review.

  • Sophie
    2019-01-17 10:01

    3.5/5Posted in full I loved the cover, the synopsis, everything about Just The Way You Are before I even started. I was swooning over the whole idea of a secret admirer sending mysterious love letters, and that he was still persevering even if the last letter had been sent six years ago. Lynsey James’ debut novel felt really original and her writing is quite charming and really helped me immerse myself in the story straight away. I instantly felt connected to the protagonist Ava, as the way we’re introduced to her really gives her the chance to make an impression on the reader. Ava is bridesmaid at her mum’s wedding, a place she’s been six times before… Ava’s description of her mum’s seventh wedding, about her ex-husbands made me giggle at times, she had a great sense of humour to her. This set her character up well for the rest of the book because I already found that I cared about how things would work out. We quite quickly learn about Mr Writer, and the anonymous love letters he had sent when Ava had been at University. Ava had found herself in love with someone she didn’t even know and had her heart broken when he stood her up on their first meeting, six years ago. When the letters start again, it’s easy to see how Ava fell for their charm. Her secret admirer had a lovely, romantic way with words and he says all the right things. This time, Ava, along with her best friends Max and Gwen, decide it’s time for her to work out who Mr Writer is, once and for all. I was excited to see how things would play out, who Mr Writer would reveal himself to be. I guess, early on, I felt a little under-awed. Not because I wasn’t enjoying the story, because I did for the whole book, but it was just so glaringly obvious who Mr Writer was. I couldn’t help but wonder why Ava and her friends seemed so oblivious to what was screaming out at me (and I’m assuming most other readers) just a chapter or two in to the story. I’m not sure if Lynsey set out to write it like that or not and I still found it interesting but it was kind of a different story to what I had been expecting, as the mystery was virtually non-existent. Luckily for me, this book packed plenty of other stories inside to keep it entertaining. My favourite aspect of this novel, by far, was the sub-plot involving Ivy and her own search for love with Leo. Just like Ava, Ivy had her own unique experience in love and their stories worked well together. I loved Ivy’s character – she was so effervescent and had lots of spirit and energy, the kind of character you find yourself desperate to see with a happy ending, even when it seems unlikely. I also loved the dynamics Lynsey built up for Ava’s workplace, with the bitchiness and the one-upmanship and the drama. Each character there was strongly developed and there were some pretty funny things about to unfold, which took me by surprise, to say the least… If I’m honest, I liked reading about the characters where Ava worked more than Gwen and Max. I did like both Gwen and Max but they could turn so quickly, from being supportive and understanding to what felt to me like the complete opposite. I much preferred the friendship Ava had with Fran, and Fran was a great example of how the author created such strong stories for each minor character, so we could discover a lot about them and get involved in their lives, even if they weren’t seen that often. Just The Way You Are is a debut novel and I think although it read like a debut, it was a promising and impressive first novel too. It was quite predictable and a bit cheesy at times but always entertaining. I liked Lynsey’s writing style and I was impressed with the detail she paid to character development and to the ending, which I loved for so many different reasons. Just The Way You Are is a heartwarming read for those searching for true love in amongst all the dating disasters – your Mr Right might just be out there making his way to you. I’m eager to read more from this author.*Book received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Holly
    2019-01-08 06:25

    Bookaholic ConfessionsYou could say that Ava is unlucky in love…but it would be a bit of an understatement. Living in fear of ending up knee deep in Whiskas (aka a cat lady) it seems as though her best friend Max is the only man she can rely on. Although even he has a highly unlikable bitchy girlfriend who makes life difficult for Ava.Things are looking even more grim when Ava is beaten to the job of writing the dating column for Sleek magazine by her evil colleague Maddie. However when a letter arrives for Ava from a certain Mr Writer things suddenly start to look up on the romance front. Ava went through a spell of receiving letters from a secret admirer six years ago – despite the fact that he let her down, Ava has never quite been able to move on from this mystery man. So when a letter from him lands on her doormat saying that he can’t stop thinking about her and wants the two of them to be together Ava is torn. Is it for real this time? Will ‘Mr Writer’ let Ava down again? Could this mystery be the perfect story she needs to get ahead at Sleek magazine? And most importantly – just WHO IS Mr Writer??Rather like shoe sales and 2 for 1 on chocolate bars, Just The Way You Are is the kind of book that I am instantly drawn to. I get a warm fuzzy feeling just from looking at that gorgeous cover, but not only that – the story in itself sounded intriguing. What was the deal with this Mr Writer? Can you love someone like that from afar? Why did he let Ava down in the first place all those years ago? So many questions…This story is a really clever and well put together mystery. I had an inkling who Mr Writer might be but I could never quite be sure, so that element of mystery remained throughout for me and I felt that this worked really well. It’s definitely a plot that will keep you turning the pages to see if you’re suspicions were correct…I loved the characters that Lyndsey has created for the story. Ava makes for the perfect protagonist and I love the warmth, humour and love that her friendship with Gwen and Max radiates. They are definitely the kind of group you would find yourself wanting to be a part of and Ava is an all round lovely character who you’ll easily be able to relate to. I really enjoyed reading Mr Writer’s letters too. Whilst part of me was angry at him for how he messed Ava around all those years ago you can clearly tell that he cares for her and let’s face it – who wouldn’t like a romantic letter like that landing on your doormat!? I loved reading those letters (they turned me into a bit of a sloppy mess but we’ll gloss over that…)As well as the romance side of the story I also really enjoyed reading about Ava’s career and work life at Sleek magazine. I liked the interactions between Ava and her work colleagues (Maddie -BOO!) and I desperately wanted Ava to succeed in both her work life as well as her love life.This is a really impressive debut from Lynsey James and I’m hugely excited to read more from her in the future. She has a really strong voice, brings her characters to life and writes a good ol’ romance like nobody’s business. The story was well executed, fast-paced and a joy to read. I loved the ending, I loved the characters (Well, I loved to hate some of them…), loved the premise and I loved how there were so many sub-plots running alongside one another (Especially Ivy’s story, which was my personal favourite…Sloppy mess alert once again!)If you’re a fan of romance or a chick-lit-addict like myself then I urge you to give this book a go. It’s warm, clever, sweet and an absolute delight.

  • Simona
    2018-12-22 05:06

    *Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Can I just say how proud I am of Lynsey for getting the publishing deal with Carina. This debut novel is wonderful and I am sure it will be a great success. Well done, gorgeous lady, so well deserved!!!As you can tell I was pretty excited about this book, for several reasons. Lynsey has become a lively friend and I lived following her journey on Twitter, the blurb of this story just sounds fab and the cover is amazing ������The story follows Ava Clements, a 26 years old journalist from Manchester. We meet her at her mother's seventh wedding, so it's pretty obvious what she thinks about weddings. She works for Sleek magazine and is getting ready tor write something for Valentine's Day, she has two stories in mind. Ivy St Claire, a new friend, and her story of her lost love or her own story about Mr Writer. On top of that she gets to cover weddings for the magazine as well, yay ;)Well, let me tell you more about Mr Writer. Back at uni Ava received wonderful love letters of a guy. It was pretty obvious from these letters that he adored and loved her, but when it came to meeting her he backed out.Now, 6 years later, the letters start again. He is sorry, he's still in love with her and is determined to show it to her this time. Encouraged by her best friends Max and Gwen she starts looking for him herself and she also starts looking for Leo Browning, Ivy's list love. As you can guess, the adventure and the drama start there...I have to say I had my suspicions from the start and I really wanted ut to be true, because I just adored these two together.I was very happy Ava had her friends throughout this story, especially Max. They really gad something special and lets just say things got really intense and complicated by one point. Things didn't get better when Gwen showed interest in Max and there was still his ex Amira as well. Who suddenly wanted him back.Ava goes through a range if emotions in this book and I loved how Lynsey included her feelings. I felt so close to Ava and I just wanted to be there for her.There were so e really passionate and intense moments and the wee written in a vivid, real and authentic way, I was really able to dive into this story and I didn't want to leave it again.Everything seemed to go in the right direction, until Ava found out the truth about Mr Writer. The drama and the misunderstandings made everything much mire complicated, which made the story even mire exciting. I couldn't put the book down at that point, because I just wanted to find out what was going to happen. I have to say I questioned both Ava's and Max's decisions sometimes, because their reactions just didn't make sense to me, but it all fit with the story perfectly.This boom git me gripped until the very end and I didn't want it to stop!!! I need more Ava and her future!!!!Congratulations Lynsey, you wrote an amazing book, full of heart, passion, friendship, memorable moments, spark, love and so much more! A must read on so many levels!!!! I can't wait to read more of you stories lovely lady, well done ������

  • Julie
    2018-12-21 06:26

    Fast-paced, witty and absolutely irresistible, Lynsey James’s Just the Way You Are is a first-class debut novel that is a must-read for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Miranda Dickinson!Even though Mr Right might be taking his own sweet time making an appearance, Ava Clements loves her life. With her two best friends, Max and Gwen, by her side and her dream job as the dating columnist for Sleek magazine looming on the horizon, Ava has got no cause to complain – until the day everything goes wrong! When her arch-nemesis gets the job she has been coveting for most of her professional life, Ava cannot help but wonder what’s next for her. But not even Sleek magazine’s horoscope could have predicted the next twist of fate: a letter from a figure from her past she has never quite managed to forget…Six years ago, Ava had been stunned when she received an anonymous love letter from Mr Writer. Mr Writer’s letters were full of longing and yearning and had touched Ava deeply. Despite never having met Mr Writer, Ava had been surprised by how well he seemed to know her and she had soon fallen madly in love with her admirer. But when she had finally arranged to meet the man who had stolen her heart and touched her soul, Ava had been stood up and left dejected, heartbroken and devastated. Many years might have passed since that fateful day, but Ava hasn’t quite managed to put her secret admirer out of her mind. Despite her best efforts, forgetting Mr Writer has proved impossible and Ava never thought she would hear from him again – until his letter pops through her letterbox! Having allowed him to slip through her fingers once before, Ava vows to unmask him and to grab this second chance at happiness with both hands, but will she find the happiness which she has always craved?Ava’s romantic exploits could just land her the column which her rival had mercilessly stolen from under her nose, but it could also lead to finding the man she is destined to spend the rest of her life with! But is she fooling herself by thinking that the man of her dreams is someone she has never met? Is Mr Writer Ava’s Mr Right? Or is he Mr Very Definitely Wrong?Just The Way You Are is a fantastic debut novel that I found myself unable to put down! Sparkling with warmth, wit, humour and heart, Just the Way You Are grabs your attention from the very first page and will keep you gleefully turning the pages until you reach the very satisfying conclusion. I absolutely adored Ava and you are sure to love this smart, strong, intelligent and fabulous heroine. Add a cast of wonderfully drawn supporting characters, laughs and pathos galore and plenty of twists and turns and you’ve a fabulous romantic comedy that will keep you engrossed from beginning to end!Lynsey James is a talented writer with a very bright future ahead of her and I cannot wait to read the next outstanding novel from this very gifted storyteller!

  • Kirsten
    2018-12-20 12:27

    Absolute drivel. I don't normally write long reviews that include multiple rants, but in this case it seems justified. I felt tricked into purchasing this book.I chose this book because I needed something lighthearted, but it also promised to appeal to fans of Mhairi McFarlane. Don't be fooled! McFarlane writes intelligently, with humor and is capable of creating more complex characters who do not need to explain their every motivation to the reader - who is obviously an idiot.Granted, if the reader can't solve the ridiculous "Secret Admirer" mystery within the first 10 or so pages, that reader might need to have all motivations explained. Over and over.There's no depth to the main character. We don't feel Ava's pain, we don't identify with her clear abandonment issues - even if we suffer from the same! Despite her admirer constantly noting that she's smart, there's no evidence of it. Nor is there evidence of her being funny, another trait constantly referenced. It seems the author just wanted to write a stack of the love letters she'd never received.Oh, and putting in a secondary character from New Orleans, then referencing a "Deep South" accent (child, no - the Nawlins accent isn't anywhere close) and cherry blossoms (not a thing there)? And vague allusions to how life was different then, but touching not at all on racism in the 1960s? Just don't go there if this secondary arc can't be crafted correctly.Final issue: Ava experiences sexual assault, and like many, blames it on herself...for being alone at a bar. Rather than her best friend explaining it's the attacker's fault, he then proceeds to blame it on the man who'd been there with her - for leaving her alone. Because HE would never leave her alone. Ava then goes on dates with this man and, despite his over-the-top declarations of love, his possessiveness and, despite her resistance, his attempts to get her into bed, declares him perfect. Just not perfect for her. Don't perpetuate this harmful way of viewing the world. Please.It seems the majority of the positive views are coming from readers with a connection to the author or who'd been gifted a free copy. Perhaps I should've been more suspicious of that.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-05 06:30

    First of all I would like to thank Cara at Harlequin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was delighted to be able to be part of the blog tour.Just The Way You are follows Ava as she attempts to uncover Mr Writer, the mysterious secret admirer who sends her the most romantic love letters. The letters begin suddenly six years after he lost wrote, when he failed to meet Ava as planned and broke her heart. Ava is unlucky in love, but is desperate to win back the dating column at work which she is so desperate to write for. But things are never as they seem and Mr Writer may just turn out to be the person she least expected.Just The Way You Are is a real gem of a love story. I was immediately captured by Ava’s plight to find Mr Writer and finally get her happy ending. I loved the love letters which were an ongoing theme throughout the book. The love and emotions literally oozes from the pages and my heart melted a little with each letter, so much so I could feel myself falling in love with the mysterious Mr Writer.The story flowed with ease and was beautifully written, the quality of the writing allowed me to vividly imagine the characters and the scenes as I read them. There were just a few points during the story where I found myself getting frustrated as it seemed that the story wasn’t getting to the point quick enough. But in hind sight, this isn’t a bad thing, it was purley down to Lynsey’s ability to throw in some curve balls which completely threw me off the scent, changing my ideas of where the story was heading, keeping the plot both exciting and interestingI loved Ava as a character from the beginning, she was so easy to relate to and so realistic that I could easily sympathise with her and experience the ups and downs with her along the way. Max is another character whom I could not help but adore, he is the best friend/boyfriend any girl would dream of having. I certainly wouldn’t say no

  • Elaine
    2018-12-21 12:23

    Someone started writing letters professing their love for Ava more than six years ago whilst she was at University. They were so romantic, heartfelt and fantastic that she longed to meet him but he never signed them and she was unaware who was sending them. Then he suggested he reveal his identity. She turned up at the venue but he didn’t and the letters stopped. Ava was heart broken. Now, six years later, the letters have restarted . . . still anonymous, still lovely and now she’s determined to unmask the sender to find out if he really is her dream or a horrid nightmare.Follow the trials and tribulations Ava goes through in her quest for love. See how unthought responses can cause problems and how, in the end, love really can conquer all if only you are brave enough! There are many other sub-plots and I especially loved Ivy’s story, too!A delightful debut novel that showcases an awesome new writer’s talent to perfection. The characters are robust, the storyline has so many twists and turns - life really is a rollercoaster for Ava and her friends. At different points in the story you think all will be well then there’s yet another obstacle to be overcome! A riveting read, funny at times, that keeps you enthralled from start to finish. I hope there will be further stories involving many of the characters from this story, revealing what happens next for Ava and Mr Writer as well as other friends and colleagues we’ve met along the way in this book. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novel to anyone who likes books that explore life, warts and all, on the road to romance. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura.125Pages
    2019-01-18 10:27

    Review originally posted at*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.4 StarsAva Clements has a bad history with love and marriage. Her mom has been married seven times and her last boyfriend moved to Hong Kong to get away from her. Writing the wedding column for Sleek magazine just adds insult to injury. Ava doesn’t believe in happy endings as she never had hers. Six years ago Ava had a secret admirer, Mr. Writer, whose letters made her fall in love and when their planned meeting never happened she turned away from love. Now the letters have started again. Can Ava believe in the possibility of love and have her own happy ending?The Good – • This was a nice shift from the formulaic romance – Girl and Boy meet, fall in love, something happens to pull them apart then they find a way to get back together. In this story Girl and Boy never meet but fall in love. It added a nice twist that made me stay up till 2 a.m. to finish the book.• Ava was well fleshed out and her world felt real.• The story had solid pacing. When a big event happens two/thirds of the way through, the remainder does not feel forced but well drawn out.The In-Between –• Ava’s best friends were not as well fleshed out despite being prominent characters. I found their back stories and current lives a little hazy.• An animosity between Ava and a co-worker felt forced to ensure there was a conflict.The Bad – • A situation with Ava’s bosses was bizarre and never really resolved.All in all this was a good, solid debut by Lynsey James. I read it in one sitting and it brought to mind Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I would recommend this as a great summer pool side read.

  • Lisa Bentley
    2019-01-13 11:30

    I love a good love story. More than that, I love a good happy ending. Just the Way You Are by Lynsey James is a story that can make your heart sing and will leave you with a perma-smile attached to your face. This is exactly what Just the Way You Are does to you. It is an honest-to-goodness-will-they-won’t-they tale of love and I couldn’t put it down.Admittedly I wanted to shake some sense into our protagonist Ava; she just couldn’t see the love that was right in front of her. Her whole life she has been tied up by a feeling of being unworthy, of feeling abandoned and let down by men. Worse than that though, she blames herself. So because of that she just cannot see when someone is offering her the world. We see this throughout the book and I have to admit that it made me so frustrated. Also, if I had as many dudes after me that Ava seemed to then I’m pretty sure I would have enjoyed my 20s more (they were pretty great, to be fair).In Max, Lynsey James gave us a hero that we can all fall in love with. Who wouldn’t love him? He is Ava’s best friend, the person she tells her adventures to, the one who wipes away the tears when life kicks her hard and the person she can count on the most. Yes he is the dream.Author – Lynsey James – is a new writer on the romantic novelist block but she is one that should not (and will not) be ignored. This lady knows how to write a passionate page turner. I hope that she is writing her next one because I cannot wait to read it!Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James is available now.Follow Lynsey James (@Lynsey1991) on Twitter.

  • Kirke
    2019-01-11 05:01

    The setup of the story is interesting enough. Back in college Ava received letters from a secret admirer, but he left her heartbroken when he didn’t show up at their planned big reveal. Now six years later, he starts writing again and Ava is determined to discover who he is. Unfortunately within the first quarter of the book I had already figured out who Mr Writer was, and apparently everyone in Ava’s circle knew as well just never though to mention it to her.Her search leads to some funny and embarrassing encounters, which are always nice to read about. Still I found her focus was not just on that, but also on her work. The two are connected in a way, because she hopes by writing her story about Mr Writer she will be featured and receive that promotion.The whole story felt a bit chaotic to me and sometimes even forced. Ava’s low self-confidence is not appealing, even her best friends get sick and tired of hearing the same argument coming from her on why she has trouble with relationships, I can not blame them at all.I liked all the drama and hilarity that lead up to the big reveal, and for me that could have been the ending. It was pretty much perfect, except there were a hundred more pages to go. What comes next is even more drama, insecurity, and everyone screwing things up. That didn’t feel necessary to me.Just The Way You Are is a fun typical British chick lit. It wasn’t always that easy for me to get into the story, but if you like lots and lots of drama and humor this might be something for you.*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Sonya Alford
    2019-01-02 06:06

    I was sent a copy of this book in return for an honest review.Ava Clements works as a journalist. Unlucky in life and love, Ava can’t even remember when she last went on a second date. But things could start turning around for her if she gets to work on the dating column, a position she really wants. Except that the office bitch gets it instead. It’s a good thing then her two best friends, Max and Gwen are always there for her when things go wrong.Ava has known for ages why dates with other men don’t develop into more. You see, Ava is in love with someone else who as far as she knows she has never met. It all started six years ago when she received a love letter from a secret admirer. Not knowing his name, Ava refers to him as 'Mr Writer'. When the letters stopped she was left heartbroken.The letters suddenly start up again and this time Ava is determined to find out exactly who is writing them. Will she discover who her secret admirer is? I thought that 'Just the Way You Are' was a really good read. There were some truly wonderful characters, one of my favourites being Ivy. She was just such an amazing woman who made a huge impact on Ava and vice versa. I loved reading about Ivy’s life and I so wanted things to work out for her.It didn’t take me long to work out who the letter writer was. For Ava though it understandably wouldn’t have been that easy being that she was lost in her hopes and dreams. She certainly had a bit of an adventure trying to solve the mystery though.The title of the book has had Barry White’s song going around in my head and even now it’s still there. The words in fact are appropriate.

  • Paris Baker
    2019-01-16 10:22

    Originally posted on Paris Baker's Book Nook.Thank you Carina for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley - yet another stunning cover from you guys! As soon as I read the blurb I was gripped on the concept - who doesn't love the idea of love letters from a secret admirer?I couldn't help but feel for Ava as I read through her turmoil over Mr Writer. He left her so heartbroken when he stood her up the first time, could she really take the risk of letting him do so again? She's torn between her hearts desire for her fantasy man whose words she loves, or facing reality and opening up to the possibility of actually getting to know a guy and opening her heart up to someone new. Though I didn't always agree with her actions, I still really connected to Ava as a character, and often I just wanted to throw my arms around her and give her a squeeze to let her know everything would be alright - she just had to have more faith in herself!All the characters an this book are brilliantly written, I particularly loved Max and Ivy. The sub-plot of Ivy and Leo was by far one of my favourite parts; it was a really lovely story that complemented the main storyline wonderfully.I had guessed fairly early where the book was going, but there were twists along the way that kept me on my toes, and overall it is a thoroughly enjoyable, easy read, that's definitely worth picking up. For a debut book, Lynsey has done a great job, and I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for her future releases.

  • Ems. (afternoonbookery)
    2018-12-22 08:24

    Just the way you are is a sweet, heart warming, heart wrenching story about true love. It for me at least, was perfect in everyway. We meet Ava who has just lost out on her dream job, to the office nightmare, and cant even find anything remotely close to love. However, there was something close - once. Six years previous, Ava had started reciving love letters, that were the most beautiful things ever, as the time drew closer for the pair to meet, things changed and mr writer never showed on the day he was supposed to, leaving Ava heartbroken. Suddenly, the letters have started again - and Ava is more unsure than ever with what to do, all she knows is, she needs answers. Throw in a work task, in order to be featured in the special valentines issue, and if nothing else, this could be a story about love. Ava decides instead of waiting for Mr Writer to fess up, she is going to find him, armed with a list (a small one) she sets about finding her answers.Just the way you are is full of twists and turns, laughs and tears, but mainly love and friendship in support of Ava, anyone would wish to have a network of support similar to what Ava has. In parts i was laughing out louding, in parts i may have cried but all i know is this was a wonderful romance read, similiar to that of Lucy Diamond (and i love love love her!) and whilst my review may have taken a while, it was a fantastic debut, and i cannot wait for more from this wonderful author.

  • Kath
    2019-01-03 07:03

    This is sweet chick-lit. A little bit sickly in parts but also a little quirky and I did enjoy it even though it was a little bit obvious what was going to happen most of the way through. It ticked all the right boxes for its genre. A sweet, insecure heroine, a quirky female best friend, an unsatisfactory job. But then you also get a best male friend who isn't gay (unusual) and his nasty nasty girlfriend. Bosses who are unfair, a spiteful work rival and the reunion of an aging couple who haven't seen each other for nigh on 50 years. And front and center to the plot, a mystery man who loves our heroine but can't bring himself to meet her.All these things come together nicely to form a quick, easy, satisfying read. Although I pretty much knew what was going to happen I couldn't help getting caught up in the story and was, at times, shouting at my Kindle for characters to "just blooming tell him/her". I also thought the reunion scenes (especially the build up) to be especially touching. If you want a gritty read, if you want to be surprised then this probably isn't really the book for you but, if you want a nice easy quick read with a bit of substance, with some interesting characters to cheer you up on a humdrum day then this isn't a bad choice. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Coley - Happy Cloud Reviews
    2018-12-27 06:02

    ARC was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewWow. Just wow. I kind of knew where this book was going say, 50 pages in. But I'm glad I kept going! This book was such a joy to read.Ava has never gotten over the stranger who wrote her love letters in college. She's never given herself a fair chance at love because she's been holding out for the guy who stopped writing her years ago.So when she decides to give herself a fair shot at love, up pops Mr. Admirer again, professing his love for her but not his identity. Hilarity ensues.First of all Ava is my spirit animal. There were points where she responds exactly how I would to certain situations and the laughs never stop. So much hilarity in 1 book.Second of all, her friends are amazing and supportive. That is something I definitely can admire about the author. It's hard to write about a male best friend who isn't gay and have him be supportive of the main character, but this one had that and more.Lastly, the story itself was so sweet and definitely brought the swoons. The ending was everything that I could have wanted and really enjoyed where the story went for Ava and that she did finally find her true love.Overall, this book had the laughs, the tears, the friendship, and the romance that I was looking for and I would definitely recommend this sweet read!

  • Joanne
    2019-01-06 05:11

    I really loved this book and the idea of a secret admirer writing beautiful letters! Who needs Mr Right when you've got Mr Writer? Well Ava does and she is determined to find out who Mr Writer is to see if he can possibly match up to his romantic words. She has been particularly unlucky with relationships and has more or less given up on finding Mr Right. It is ironic that she is the wedding reporter for a glamorous magazine covering the special day of other happy couples. There are several love stories touched on within this book: Gwen and Tom, Max and Amira, ice queen Maddie and Craig and of course Ava's own search for love. The story of Ivy and Leo was particularly touching. Following Ava on her quest to find Mr Writer was very entertaining. I had my thoughts of who Mr Writer could be but the author cleverly kept me guessing. Even when he is revealed (and I was right!) there are still so many missed opportunities for Ava and Mr Writer to get together. Sometimes we don't always see what is right under our nose and is obvious to others. In the end is Mr Writer Ava's Mr Right? I couldn't possibly say!Such a sweet love story where all comes right in the end and makes you believe in happy ever after. This would make a lovely romantic comedy film.