I like Kate Clayborn’s Georgie, All Along so much. This is the book I’ve been waiting for since Luck of the Draw. Her other releases have been good, but this one, this one is the perfect blend of heart, sass, and heat. It will make you cry, but won’t make you feel stupid for doing it.
Georgie Mulcahey returns to the small Virginia town where she grew up with all her worldly possessions in her Prius. She’s come back to help her best friend get ready for the impending birth of her baby, and so she can figure out what’s next after her job as a personal assistant ends. The question “what’s next?” is terrifying for Georgie because she’s never been able to figure out her 5 year plan. Trying to figure out her life in the place where she’s considered “a bit of a flake” feels like failure. Things immediately get off to a bad start when she stops to buy milk shakes but forgets her wallet in her car in front of a teacher who didn’t like her and a stranger who looks irritated, but pays for her shakes so he can get his groceries and leave.
Things get better when Georgie finds the notebook of friend-fic she and Bel wrote the summer before starting high school. She’s excited to find hopes and dreams that she had for herself, even though they are full of her crush on Evan Fanning. It is Levi Fanning who shows up with his dog at her parents’ house. Her disorganized parents double booked house sitters. There is some forced proximity, but after that they choose to spend time together. Levi offers to do her friend-fic list with Georgie. The two of them are why I’m always going to be excited for a Kate Clayborn romance.
One of the loveliest things about this book is that while Georgie feels like she is falling short as an adult, the people in her life gently point out that she is not. Georgie is good at making things happen, at bringing order out of chaos. She doesn’t uncover her hidden drive to be a superstar, but she does learn to find balance between helping others and making room for her own life.
January is going to be a great month for romance, and this one should definitely be on your list.
CW: death of a secondary character’s parent in the past, childbirth, emotionally abusive parent, injury to dog (minor), physical violence in the past.
I received this as an advance reader copy from Kensington and NetGalley. My opinions are my own, freely and honestly given.