Time for a change of pace. Today’s post is about a recently released romantic comedy – Love Literary Style – by Karin Gillespie.
They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary writer falling in love with a self-published romance writer?
Meet novelist Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a combative bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her.
Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. He likes to quote the essayist, Arthur Krystal, who claims literary fiction “melts the frozen sea inside of us.” Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that, despite his lofty literary aspirations, he’s emotionally frozen, due, in part, to a childhood tragedy. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him. In the tradition of the Rosie Project, Love Literary Style is a sparkling romantic comedy which pokes fun at the divide between so-called low and high brow fiction.
This was a fun read. Both main characters were well-developed and quirky – but in extremely different ways. Their meeting is founded in a case of mistaken identity. The attraction between them is immediate and strong, with humorous ups and downs as the story progresses.
I enjoyed the writer’s treatment of the issue of genre fiction vs. literature and the preconceived notions some people have about the different types of work and their authors. Laurie’s enthusiasm for writing and her determination to become a published author shines through, making her an appealing character. Aaron is not as likeable, at least not at first. He kind of grows on you. His backstory is the root behind many of his hang-ups and is only gradually revealed to Laurie and the reader as the plot progresses and reaches its satisfying finish.
I expect that readers who enjoy romance novels with a bit of humor will enjoy this book.
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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About The Author
Karin Gillespie is the national-bestselling novelist and has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Writer Magazine. She has an MFA from Converse College and lives in Augusta, Georgia and was recently awarded a Georgia Author of the Year award. Visit her on her web site, her FB page or on Twitter. She is also on Good Reads. A book excerpt can be found here.