Esme Matthews isn’t looking for love. She’s too busy trying to prove herself at work as the lowly assistant/glorified tea-maker for a stuffy, literary publisher.
When she’s not tearing around London after stroppy authors or tweeting about dull books that no one wants to read, Esme is forming a master-plan to turn the old-fashioned company around.
But then Harry Beaumont is drafted in as the new boss from New York. Harry is grumpy, rude and infuriatingly handsome. Esme can’t stand him, and when he rejects her book proposal to save the failing company, she declares war.
But how far will Esme go to beat Harry? And why does she feel like, despite their differences, he’s the only person who really understands her?
Surrounded by towering piles of books, maybe Esme has fallen in love…
What I Thought:
I have a certain fondness for romantic fiction – despite knowing exactly how it will turn out, it’s the getting there that is the fun! Write Into My Heart is extremely fun and I couldn’t resist it when I read the blurb and realised that it revolves around books and publishing.
I thought Esme was a great character. She makes some terrible decisions but, as they all seem to come from a good place, you can’t help but root for her as she tries to land an important YouTuber to write a book for her traditional, but failing, publisher. Many, many pratfalls on the way lead to an eventual very public humiliation, but is Esme down and out for good??
Rosie Taylor perfectly captures the conflict between a traditional industry and way of working and a new industry that many don’t consider real or respectable work – there are many in real life that hold that view, and the disapproval was dealt with well. PrankPal48 is brilliant – a Peter Pan figure who makes his living playing pranks, until he plays his biggest of all, much to Esme’s horror.
Most of the fun in romance novels comes from the conflict between the leading character and the – supposed? hopeful? presumed? – love interest, and Esme’s conflict with publishing royalty Harry Beaumont is very well done. Harry’s standoffishness contrasts really well with Esme’s more touchy-feely character and their battle to have the books they’re managing included in a major book award is really engaging.
If this was a normal year, I’d be advising you to grab Write Into My Heart as a beach read but, instead of that, grab it as a sweet alternative to the news! At the time of writing, the Kindle version is only 99p so a real steal.
Just a word about the cover of Write Into My Heart. I really liked the cover when I first saw it, as it incorporates lots of the elements to be found within the book. As I was compiling my review, I came across this from Holly Dunn, the cover’s designer. I love these insider details and it was great to see some of the other suggestions that didn’t make it as Write Into My Heart’s cover.
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