Swoon. The opening line of Well Met grabbed me from the beginning as I found it hilarious. “I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.” That is not an opening line usually found in a modern romance novel.
After a devastating breakup, our main character Emily finds herself in the tiny town of Willow Creek, Maryland. Emily acts as a personal chauffeur and errand girl for her older sister who recently got in a car accident. Emily also helps out with her niece Caitlin, a spunky high school girl who wants to join the cast of a local Renaissance Faire. There is one catch: Caitlin can’t join the Faire cast without adult supervision. Emily agrees to join the cast too and becomes a tavern wench for the summer at the Faire. While working, Emily meets Simon, who is in charge of the Faire and just an all-around dick to Emily. Shenanigans ensue!
I enjoyed this book immensely. Emily speaks like a 25-year-old woman, with fresh insecurities after her break up, but with emerging confidence as a woman who is realizing she is quite honestly a badass. It was lovely to follow along with Emily as she stands up for herself and uses her talents as a master organizer to improve the lives of everyone around her. Full disclosure, I am also good at organizing so I identified heavily with this trait! The main relationship in this book felt very Pride & Prejudice but in a good way. It is so fun to have two main characters start out hating each other, only to realize that first impressions can be wrong.
The author is writing another book following these characters, but this time Emily’s wench friend Stacy will be the protagonist. I will be reading as I need to go back to the Willow Creek Renn Faire!
Also if you live in the Mid-Atlantic of the U.S. I highly recommend you read this book in August or September. It will make you want to visit the Maryland Renaissance Faire immediately.
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Finished on January 15, 2020, took five days to read
4 stars on Goodreads
Genre: Modern Romance
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