If you haven’t read any Beth O’Leary books yet: 1) why not? and 2) why are you still reading this post and not going to get one?
She has recently become one of my favorite authors, not only for her good writing but because her books have such clever premises. I read her newest one, The No-Show, in about a day and a half. I’d say it’s more women’s fiction than just pure romance, because the character arcs are as important, if not more important, than the romantic relationships.
The book follows three women:
Siobhan’s got a breakfast date on Valentines’ Day with Joseph—unusual, as their dates are usually at night, and with no strings attached, whenever her work brings her to town. Could Joseph finally be wanting something more than just a casual thing? But he hasn’t shown up yet…
Miranda thinks lunch with Carter on Valentine’s Day is not only a great way to celebrate her new job, but a sign that she’s finally growing up. She’s been dating Carter for 5 months already, and it’s looking pretty serious. Too bad he’s a little late…
Jane’s thrilled that Joseph Carter is going along with the fake boyfriend thing for her co-worker’s engagement party, especially because Valentine’s Day night is a difficult one to spend alone. They’re just friends, but seeing Joseph has been the highlight of her new life in a new town. One problem, though: he isn’t here.
What’s the deal with Joseph Carter, and where was he on Valentine’s Day?
Told from the three women’s POVs, this book is both funny and sad. What a way for an author to play with your emotions, keep you guessing, and turn your assumptions upside-down. Maybe I’m biased by now, but any book by Beth O’Leary will most likely get 5 stars from me.