Review and Giveaway: Love You S’more by Beth Merlin

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world – that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life, while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?  Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future?

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My Thoughts:

Love You S’more is the third and presumably final book in Beth Merlin’s The Campfire Series.  It is absolutely charming romance, and although I haven’t read the first two books, it seems like a brilliant finish to the trilogy.  Ms. Merlin provides ample summary so that new readers have enough information to jump into the story, but I will say that I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to read the prior books as well.

Georgica Goldstein (AKA Gigi) was a rising star in the fashion industry until her ex-boyfriend, Perry Gillman, unintentionally gets her mixed up in a tabloid scandal.  When British aristocrat Gideon Satterly, rashly proposes, Gigi jumps at the chance to escape to the English countryside.

At first, Gideon seems like a dream come true.  He’s never horrible, but it becomes clear that his expectations leave little room for Gigi to pursue her own dreams.  No matter how much effort she puts into family affairs, the Satterly clan just barely tolerates her presence. I couldn’t help hoping that Gigi would buck-up and chuck that relationship.

Perry Gillman is Gigi’s first love, and they were their best and worst together. He is now a megastar on Broadway.  His production of Elizabeth (think Hamilton) is renown in both the USA and the UK. The romantic musical about QE 1 depicts the Elizabeth and Dudley’s choice of work before love.  Ironically, this mirrors Perry and Gigi’s experience.

“…after the court of public opinion passed its sentence Dudley and Elizabeth’s relationship is never quite the same.”

The three main characters are fantastic, and their stories are endearing. Love You S’more is an absolutely adorable story.  It is a sweet, clean romance with an overall positive feel.  The prior angst and turmoil is realistically resolved in this series conclusion.  The little bit of snobbishness adds just the right amount of conflict to the story. Additionally, Ms. Merlin provides readers with some delicious details about theater, the fashion industry, and Queen Elizabeth 1.  I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written contemporary romance.

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About the author: Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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