Chris Harrison – 2/5 Stars
Read this if you:
· loved the plot of Sweet home Alabama
· are looking for a Nicholas Sparks novel that doesn’t quite hit the mark
· love a big city/small town romance
Leigh Merrill has the perfect life in New York, she’s a successful book editor with a boyfriend who just became a partner at the same publishing company. She also has a secret past that she has never revealed to anyone, one that has kept her out of Texas for many years. When Leigh must return to her hometown for a conference and a stack of letters from a decade ago are delivered to her hotel room, she realizes that she can no longer hide from her past and is forced to decide what she really wants from her future.
My thoughts on the book:
Oh boy, this book was like a train wreck that I just couldn’t look away from and I am actually embarrassed to have read this! On the last season of The Bachelor, the women had to write a scene from a romance novel and from that it was revealed that Chris Harrison had written a book so of course I had to read it. The majority of the plot follows the “rich fiancé in New York but true love back home” storyline of Sweet home Alabama, but there is also a sprinkling of “I wrote you every day for a year” from The Notebook. Chris actually recounts meeting with Nicholas Sparks and being inspired to write this novel in the acknowledgments which I found to be the most interesting part of this book. I had semi-high hopes going into this book (I mean, the guy stages romantic dates for a living!) but was quickly dragged to reality by a steamy scene in the first few chapters when the characters are only 16 years old and it was all downhill from there. Leigh is so unlikeable and made so many terrible decisions throughout the book, it was incredibly frustrating. The plot is fairly well developed and there were no obvious holes in the storyline but it was just so cheesy, even for an avid romance reader like myself.