MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU is a quick-paced read set in a small English country village. The village has a slower pace filled with gossipy locals and small businesses. When Evie decides she has to escape her life in Chicago after quitting her job as an editor’s assistant, she decides to rent an apartment in England that’s attached to a bookstore that she’ll get to run. It’s like a dream come true. Little does she know that she’ll feel a peace and fulfillment that she never expected while making new friends, fitting in with the locals, and meeting someone who could be The One.
It was fun getting to know Evie and the locals. She runs into several characters, including Roane, the local farmer and his dog. Evie left behind a best friend in Chicago, which wasn’t easy since her friend is pregnant. She also left behind her mom and stepfather. She and her mom have a relationship that needs healing, which is hard to do from thousands of miles away. As Evie becomes involved in everyone’s lives and thinks hers is finally settling down, she has some hard choices to make. The story is filled with emotional moments of joy and sadness, and the romance is both steamy and fulfilling.
The scenic descriptions transported me to England and small-town living. I loved the feel of the sea breeze, the colorful gardens and seating areas, the walks along the beach, and Evie’s camaraderie with the lovely locals. MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU has a few twists, and the happily ever after on several fronts warms the heart.