Advance Readers Copy · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Book Haters’ Book Club by Gretchen Anthony. (2022).

The Book Haters’ Book Club by Gretchen Anthony. (2022).

**3 out of 5 stars**

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 10 October 2022**

All it takes is the right book to turn a book hater into a book lover – that was what Elliott believed before his untimely passing. Now his grief-ridden business partner Irma is selling their bookshop, Over the Rainbow. But Irma’s daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliott’s romantic partner Thom are aghast. The bookshop was the girls’ sanctuary and Thom would do anything to preserve Elliott’s legacy. Together they conspire to save the bookshop, even if it takes some snooping, gossip and minor sabotage.

I wanted to love this one, I really did. The concept sounded great and of course as a booklover I was intrigued. I can say I liked it okay enough, however it was an average read for me. I didn’t connect to any of the main characters which was a shame because they all seemed likeable enough, I just didn’t really care about them. At times I had to remind myself that Bree and Laney were in their late thirties because the way they acted sometimes didn’t reflect their ages in my opinion, they came across as quite immature at times. I did really enjoy how the community came together to save the bookshop, and the quirky newsletters with book recommendations throughout the novel.

Overall: this is worth reading if the synopsis intrigues you; for me it was average but for you it could be fantastic!


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