Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Georgie, All Along – Kate Clayborn

With writing Jasmine Guillory has described as “emotional and real,” the acclaimed author of Love Lettering and Love at First weaves stories both transporting and relatable – modern love stories that readers immediately identify with and take to heart. Wise and witty, threaded through with a complex, emotionally fulfilling romance, Kate Clayborn’s glowing new novel echoes with timely questions about love, friendship, career, family, and finding your way.

Longtime personal assistant Georgie Mulcahy has made a career out of putting others before herself. When an unexpected upheaval sends her away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, Georgie must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page.  

But then Georgie comes across a forgotten artifact—a “friendfic” diary she wrote as a teenager, filled with possibilities she once imagined. To an overwhelmed Georgie, the diary’s simple, small-scale ideas are a lifeline—a guidebook for getting started on a new path.  

Georgie’s plans hit a snag when she comes face to face with an unexpected roommate—Levi Fanning, onetime town troublemaker and current town hermit. But this quiet, grouchy man is more than just his reputation, and he offers to help Georgie with her quest. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side—if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back. 

Honest and deeply emotional, Georgie, All Along is a smart, tender must-read for everyone who’s ever wondered about the life that got away . . .

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a fan of Kate Clayborn, I had high expectations for this book — and Georgie, All Along surpassed every single one. This book was fantastic and so classically KC!

Georgie, All Along packs a punch in all the best ways, and I found myself so deeply involved in the lives of Georgie, Levi, and their family and friends. But none more so than Georgie. Her character and her experiences just really resonated with me. Her indecision and feelings of being lost and confused and “blank” towards her own future had me nodding along the whole time.

While not a new idea, KC’s take on looking back and trying to rediscover your path felt refreshing and real. And I loved how this journey helped Georgie determine not only her strengths but her self-worth as well. She was able to use these experiences to grow her own character and help Levi through his own journey too.

I also loved how realistic Levi’s character was. His struggles with mental health and overcoming his criminal history weren’t sugarcoated or downplayed. Having his POV throughout meant that we (readers) got a better understanding of his thought processes and mental commentary for all the things he didn’t say aloud. Again, it was refreshing — and enjoyable to watch him overcome and grow as a person, and build a truly supportive network of people.

I’m a HUGE fan of the grumpy x sunshine trope and Georgie, All Along was top tier. I couldn’t have loved it more. This is a book that will last with you long after the final pages.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC.

Coming January 24, 2023!!
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Love Lettering – Kate Clayborn
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