Tuesday 21 February 2023

Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson | Book Review

[ad/gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.]

Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
My rating: 3/5
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication date: 16th February 2023

Meet Nora Hughes – the overworked, underpaid, last bookish assistant standing. At least for now.

When Nora landed an editorial assistant role at Parsons Press she thought it would be The Dream Job. But after five years of admin and taking lunch orders, Nora has come to the conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.

With her life spiralling and unable to afford her rent, Nora does the only thing she can think of and starts freelancing for a rival publisher.

But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling author (who also happens to be quite attractive), is thrown into Nora’s life, she must decide where her loyalties lie, and whether she’s ready to choose herself and her future over her job…

Nora Hughes is an editorial assistant at publisher Parsons's Press. They publish non-fiction which isn't Nora's favourite but it was a step in the door to the industry she wanted to work in. She has been there for five years but after major budget cuts and her best friend Beth leaving, she starts to evaluate how she feels there.

Her salary is cut and she ends up taking a freelance temp job at a rival publishers. At the same time, Andrew Santos, the biggest author Parson's have, strikes up something that is a little more than a friendship with Nora. Andrew potentially wants to move away from Parson's and Nora is keeping a lot of secrets. Surely not everything will run smoothly.

I really enjoyed the depth of Nora's character and her accurate representation of her feelings when it came to being unhappy or even depressed and not knowing what to do with herself. It is very heavy in book publishing, of course, which is something I am not really interested in despite being a book lover. I loved the character development and I kind of guessed how it would end which I am very happy about because it was perfect. Trigger warning for suicidal thoughts.

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