A love for the Pages
by Joy Penny
Released date June 14, 2014
Stand-alone | 225 pages | New Adult & College – Romance
by Joy Penny
(adapted from goodreads)
Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.
But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.
What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be “dating material,” even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.
What an increadible love story!! I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give a honest review and I start reading it on my flight to Athens, this weekend. I couldn’t leave it down. First weekend of December and, little bit of the Christmans decorations at the city and little bit of the spirit of the classics, I was into a warm fantasy of Jane’s Austen literature, whish I love so much. Who doesn’t?
June Eyermann is at her first year as a college student and came back home for the summer vacations. She wasn’t so keen to be there tho, because of the constant pressure of her stepfather about to get a summer job and earn some money, than to relax and have fun after a year of tough studying. However, when her friend Margot asked her to cover her position at the library as a volunteer, she took the opportunity to have something to occupy her time with something she loved than to work with her stepfather every day. First day at the library started with a full tour and ended with a downpour, a bike accident maded by fate and an almost dismissal of her job. Interesting start or what?
June was always into English literature and her most favor was Jane Austen. She would compare herself with Austen’s female characters on every occasion in her daily life, which was very sweet and innocent from her part. I liked romantic June! Even if she didn’t figured out yet what she wanted to follow after college, she was so down to earth and straightforward for her age, a character you can easily be connected, understand and fall in love at the same time. And when fate gave her a small taste of what will be happen if she let herself to be in love with Everett Rockford, a mid-twenties attractive man,who found her bearable in the start, she lost her peace of mind and heart into literature fictions.
Every moment June had in the story, was like they came out of Austen’s books. The retelling / modernization of the classics is something I love much, either to read or to watch on TV. So, if you are a reader that loves that genre then you will love the story too. I won’t spoil the story much because it has some interesting scenes but I want to say that, Everett has a past which try to let behide him, that his unskilled actions were pain in the ass and heartmelting at the same time, and of course, the story has a HEA end. Joy Penny joined the story with many other characters, each one to love or to hate, but with interesting spot into the story. She written a modernization of Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre books, in so wonderful way it never felt boring. Contrary, it was a page-turning, day reading book with many funny dialogs, awkward romantic scenes and two main characters that were truly connected and perfect for each other. It’s the first time I read one of Joy’s books and I’m looking forward to read her other book soon.
Readers of romance literature here is a book to read and be lost into the world of true, innocent first love. I totally recomment it!
Book rates: 4+ stars
- Plot:4+ stars
- Characters: 4 stars
- Writing:4+ stars
- Pacing: 4+ stars
- Cover: 5 stars