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January 19, 2023

Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts 


A wise and witty new novel that echoes with timely questions about love, career, reconciling with the past, and finding your path while knowing your true worth.  

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book cover of women's fiction novel Georgie All Along by Kate Clayborn
January 2023; Kensington; 978-1496737298
ebook, print (352 pages); women's fiction

I have read Kate Clayborn's last three books and this is my favorite so far - she just keeps getting better.  This book has romance, fantastic friends, small-town vibes, and most importantly of all, it's a book about finding the person you want to be no matter what age you are.

Georgie is returning home after a hectic job as a personal assistant for a famous writer in California. The writer decided to move away from the hustle of California and find a simpler life so suddenly Georgie is out of a job and has no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life.  So like a lot of people, she goes home.  Home to the small town where she grew up where everyone knew that she was pretty much an underachiever.  The only people who were really in her corner were her parents and her best friend Bel.  While helping her pregnant friend organize her home, she finds a notebook that she and Bel had written in before they started high school.  Georgie realizes that at that young age, she had lots of plans for her life and now, years later, her life is a blank page with no real plans.  She decides to start doing some of the things that she'd dreamed of but never done when she was young hoping that the desires of the young Georgie would help her decide what she should do now.  On her first day back in town she meets Levi, the black sheep brother of the boy she had a crush on all through high school.  Since she's house-sitting her parents' house, she heads straight home.  Imagine her surprise when Levi lets himself into her parents' home because they asked him to stay while they were traveling (her parents were a bit unconventional).  Levi offers to help Georgie do some of the activities in her teenage book and the more time they spend together, the more that the town bad boy becomes a friend and when the sparks begin to fly between the two of them, she has to make decisions about the rest of her life.  Will Georgie and Levi get the happily ever after or will Georgie continue living her life with no real goals as she's always done?

This is a fantastic book.  I loved Georgie as she looked for her future life, I loved her best friend who was always there to support her no matter what, I loved Levi who went from a scruffy bad boy to a caring man and I loved Hank - Levi's big old goofy dog who can't seem to stay out of trouble.  I know that's a lot of 'loves' in one sentence but I really loved this book.  It's way more than a simple romance - it's about re-inventing yourself to the person that you always wanted to be - even if at the beginning you didn't know what you wanted out of life.  It's a great read with several serious issues (family estrangement for one) and several laugh-out-loud scenes - most involving Hank, the dog.  Overall, it's a book that left me smiling at the end, happy that I had been able to spend time with these fantastic characters.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  
 


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