After all the dark and depressing stuff (mostly political) I’ve been reading the last couple of weeks I was ready for something light and fun. Maybe something that would make me laugh out loud? A good romantic comedy should do the trick. Lucky for me, I’d signed up to be a part of the TLC book tour for Love, Literay Style. Honestly, it helped a lot. First let me tell you what the book is about and then I’ll share my thoughts.
They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary writer falling in love with a self-published romance writer?
Meet novelist Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a combative bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her.
Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. He likes to quotes the essayist, Arthur Krystal who claims literary fiction “melts the frozen sea inside of us.” Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that, despite his lofty literary aspirations, he’s emotionally frozen, due, in part, to a childhood tragedy. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.
Their relationship is initially made in literary heaven but when Aaron loses his contract with a prestigious press, and Laurie’s novel is optioned by a major film studio, the differences in their literary sensibilities and temperaments drive them apart.
In a clumsy attempt to win Laurie back, Aaron employs the tropes of romance novels. Too late. She’s already taken up with Ross, a prolific author of Nicholas Sparks-like love stories. Initially Laurie is more comfortable with the slick and superficial Ross, but circumstances force her to go deeper with her writing and confront a painful past. Maybe Aaron and Laurie have more in common than they imagined.
This was such a fun book to read. Although the story contained a romance, it did not fit into the “romance” genre. I’ve read plenty of good romances to know the difference. This is more a romantic comedy. It’s very witty and appeals to the head and heart.
I loved both Aaron and Laurie, thanks to the author who did such a good job of making them real. It was fun to mess around a little bit with a couple of different parts of the publishing world. Karin Gillespie is a new author to me, but I loved how she wrote this book and I’m eager to read more of her word.
If you too need to read something fun, I recommend you read this book.
About the Author:
Karin Gillespie is the author of the national bestselling Bottom Dollar Girls series, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, Co-author for Jill Connor Browne’s novel Sweet Potato Queen’s First Big Ass Novel. Her latest novel Love Literary Style was inspired by a New York Times article called “Masters in Chick Lit” that went viral and was shared by literary luminaries like Elizabeth Gilbert and Anne Rice. She’s written for the Washington Post and Writer Magazine and is book columnist and humor columnist for the Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Magazine respectively. She received a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2016.
Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here: Karin Gillespie’s Book Tour Schedule