Title: Happy Singles Day
Author: Ann Marie Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Single and proud of it! Oh, oops…
As a Certified Professional Organizer, everything in Paige Parker’s world is as it should be. Perfect apartment, perfect office, perfect life. And now, the perfect vacation planned to honor Singles Day. After all, what’s better than celebrating her pride in being single? Because who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks. Her life is fine just the way it is.
As the owner of a now-dormant bed & breakfast, Lucas Croft’s life is simple and quiet. It’s only him and his five-year-old daughter, which is just the way he likes it. Because who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is cooked. No thanks. His life is fine just the way it is.
But when Paige books a room that Lucas’ well-intentioned sister listed without his knowledge, their two worlds collide. If they can survive the week together, they just might discover exactly what they’ve both been missing.
Happy Singles Day is a Nicholas Sparks reminiscent love story on an island in North Carolina. A grumpy, widowed innkeeper meets a type A, perky woman looking to celebrate ‘Singles Day’, by taking her first relaxation vacation. Neither of them are looking for love, but when the right person comes along, it changes your perspective on everything.
I really enjoyed this book, though I believe it could have been better if it was longer. It has a bit of an insta-love feel to it because of it’s shortness. They spend just a week together in the main portions of the book, without even liking each other the first few days. Normally I don’t enjoy this trope, but I love the grumpy/sunshine trope so much that it made up for the insta-love. I appreciate that Lucas has a daughter because it created an additional dynamic to the relationship.
I very much appreciate the ending and epilogue of Happy Singles Day. It fully wrapped up the story, brought everything full circle, and was satisfactory. If you’re a fan of the setting and characters of Nicholas Sparks book (without the devastation and tears) then definitely check this one out.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!