Pub Day: July 11
- road trip
- forced proximity
- one (pull-out) bed
- adversaries to lovers
- adorable grandpa
- old letters
Have you ever read a book that captivated you from the very beginning? That’s how I felt while reading You, With a View.
Here is a little background about me that informs how I felt while reading; I’ve always been very close with my grandma. In many ways, she’s my best friend. She’s always had my back, let me confide in her, and has the best one-liners of anyone I’ve ever met (well, aside from my mom). The past six months have been rough because my grandma has been sick, and I can’t communicate with her like I used to. I haven’t been able to have a “normal” conversation with her since the week before Christmas last year. It’s been challenging, and I’ve had many issues processing this new normal.
You might wonder how this background relates to You, With a View. In You, With a View, Noelle is dealing with the grief of losing her grandma, who she was extremely close to. She embarks on a road trip with Paul (her grandma’s secret former lover) and Theo (Paul’s grandson and someone who Noelle went to school with). When I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get through it. I worried I wasn’t in the best mental state, but I was wrong. Instead, it gave me peace, and I found it a beautiful read. I adored reading about Noelle learning about her grandma (Kathleen) and Paul’s love story through old letters. I equally loved reading about Noelle and Kathleen’s beautiful relationship. It was heartbreaking but a reminder to never take the simple moments or your relationships with family or friends for granted. It was also cool to see her, Paul, and Theo embark on a road trip that Kathleen and Paul had planned.
I loved You, With a You, for many other reasons too. The dual love stories were easy to follow and were beautiful. Kathleen and Paul’s story was heartbreaking because you know how the story ended. But it was also a great lesson that just because things don’t work out doesn’t mean it never meant something special or served a purpose. Every relationship is a learning experience in this chaotic journey of life. Noelle and Theo’s love story was equally beautiful. It was more of a slow burn, but it was full of tension, longing, sexy times, and sweet, quiet moments. Ugh, I’m smiling just thinking about it.
I adored the road trip aspect of this book! Seeing all the places they went and learning more about Noelle’s passion for photography was fun. Look no further if you’re looking for your next summer road trip read. You, With a View, gets an A+ from me. Check it out when it publishes on July 11th, 2023.
Thank you, Berkley Romance, for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review.