Title: Meet Me on Love Lane
Author: Nina Bocci
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: December 10th
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.
Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.
She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.
With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?
A perfect blend of humor and heart, Meet Me on Love Lane is the second in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci that is sure to charm fans of Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.
After a traumatic divorce, Charlotte is forced to move away from the small town of Hope Lake, as well as all her friends and family. After a blow-up in New York, Charlotte escapes back to her childhood home, 21 years later. However, childhood trauma and manipulation was made her forget all the great things about her home town. As the story progresses, her memories slowly come back, and starts to think that maybe she could make a life in Hope Lake, but she’s not moving back. This is just temporary, right?
This was really sweet. I love friends to lovers romances and this was just perfect. I LOVED the Henry, Charlotte’s childhood best friend. He was just the sweetest and loveliest book nerd who was just looking to settle down. Charlotte’s grandmother was another favorite character; she was the favorite of the town and constantly had people doting and spoiler her with so much love.
My one issue with this book was the writing—the characters felt a good eight or ten years younger than the age they’re supposed to be. Charlotte and her friends were supposed to be 31, but felt more like 22 or 23. I had to constantly remind myself that they were older than they seem.
Although this is the sequel to On the Corner of Love and Hate, it’s more of a companion piece and you do not need to read it before reading this book.
This a perfect and swoony romance that was heartfelt and a fun read.
ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.