“Dear Izzy—I feel certain there’s a book-loving man living relatively nearby waiting to speak bookish to you ’til death do you part. You just haven’t met yet.”
Izzy Edgewood is a wannabe bookstore owner, quote queen, and Lord of the Rings nerd who has been waiting for Prince Charming to sweep her off her sneakered feet. But it’s hard to meet people when you spend more time with fictional humans than real ones. Which is why her pragmatist cousin Josephine decides to take Izzy’s future into her own meddling hands and create an online dating profile for the hopeful romantic.
To Izzy’s shock (and suspicion), Josie’s plan works. Soon, she’s dialoguing with a Hobbit-loving man named Brodie who lives in a small town an ocean away from her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But is their shared love of books, family, and correspondence enough to overcome Izzy’s fear of flying and the literal distance between them? And is a long-distance relationship even worth considering when a local author has been frequenting the library where she works and is proving to be a perfectly fine gentleman?
In this epistolary novel from award-winning author Pepper Basham, bookish dreams and happily-ever-afters collide to create a beautiful sort of magic that’s even better than fiction.
I’ve never struggled so much with an epistolary novel, but it’s so unrealistic it’s driving me crazy. Izzy has fallen in love with someone after one email, and after every dull exchange, we have to pick it apart line by line with her cousins. The level of closeness suggested in these emails makes it highly unlikely that this would all be done over email. I can love how much Izzy and Brodie love books and still find them pretentious and close-minded. They feel elderly yet stunted like they’ve never ventured out into the real world, and I’ve never cared less about two characters. And I’m sorry, if Izzy is so close to her cousins, how is Josie so oblivious about her life? She’s either incredibly stupid, or her constant matchmaking is actually malicious.