Romance

The Rebound by Catherine Walsh

It was not the romance indicated by the title page and cover that made me enjoy the read. It was a part of it, but the more significant factor was the family (both of blood and found ones) defined in the narrative.
Our lead protagonist, Abby, is newly unemployed and has found herself back in her home town (and in some ways stranded when we first see her). She is initially the standard standoffish snob missing the luxuries that city life provides and cringes at the intimacy that people living in smaller towns end up sharing. More prominent than her connection with the new man in her life is the recalibration of her sisterly relations. This was done quite well and added flavour to the plotline.
The romance was also well done; the ending was different than some of these stories typically take. Both parties were interesting and had an entertaining (but meaningful) growth arc. I liked the various characters and the sudden bursts of random humour when people meet up. I would like to give the author’s next book a try as well. Sometimes some authors describe characters that you sympathize with better than others. This was one of those times.
I would recommend this book to others who find the blurb inviting.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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