“I want to be the one to protect you, Gabrielle. Those ghosts from your past, they still haunt you. I want to be the one to banish them altogether. I want to show you that the woman you’ve become, out of necessity in part, is indeed perfect in every way. I love that girl, Gabby. I want that girl. You…just the way you are.”
Amy Gregory has done it again: she’s taken a small-town backdrop; added charming — and a few not-so-charming — characters; blended them with a storyline that is simultaneously funny, thought-provoking, and heart-warming; tossed in equal parts of sass, smarts, and simmering sexual attraction; and produced a wonderful book that is nothing less than endearing. Revealing Gabby is, in short, “practically perfect in every way”.
This is the second book in the ‘Finding Perfect’ series, and part of its appeal is that while it weaves characters from the first book gently into the second, it is a complete stand-alone story that builds on the foundation established in Mike’s Way Back. Revealing Gabby enriches the series by adding depth to characters introduced in the first book and introducing new ones, all the while maintaining a sense of comfort and familiarity with some of the sweet, busy-body, stereotypical inhabitants of rural Renlend, Kansas. It also hints at the characters whose lives will no doubt be turned upside-down in book #3.
Revealing Gabby is a perfectly titled, because when we meet Gabrielle James in Mike’s Way Back, she is a snarky, reclusive bookstore owner who is only memorable because she is such an obnoxious enigma. Readers are given hints that she has a past from which she is desperate to escape, and just enough of an introduction to entice us to come back and read book two, where we fully understand why and how Gabby became who she is today.
There are only two people in the world who know Gabby’s deepest secret ~ that her youthful love of writing, and a desperate need to retreat into her beloved bookstore and the literary world it represents have turned her into a best-selling author who is a “ghost” to the rest of the reading world. One of them is John, an elderly patron of the store and her closest confidante. The other is Shane Compton, her New York editor. Her snarky bitterness and mistrust of mainstream society is a challenge to Shane, and one he can’t resist. Over the years that he’s represented her, he has also fallen in love with her, sight unseen. When they finally meet – against Gabby’s strident objections – they ultimately find they are a ‘perfect’ match. Their relationship, with all of its obstacles, is the focal point of the story. It is an entertaining journey in every way: funny, frustrating, heartwarming, a little steamy, and ultimately fulfilling enough to make readers loyal fans of Amy Gregory.
I highly recommend this book as a standalone or as a follow-up to Mike’s Way Back. I venture to say that first-time readers who fall in love with Gabby, Shane, John and the other characters in Gabby Revealed will want to go back and read the equally beautiful story of Mike and Taryn (Mike’s Way Back), and look forward to meeting another “almost perfect” couple from Renlend as the series continues. Hopefully, the beautiful characters from books 1 and 2 will carry over, because it was hard to leave them each time to move on to another story.
If you enjoy getting lost a good, honest love story, gently conveyed with humor, passion, and charm, featuring characters that you grow to love, add “Mike’s Way Back” and “Gabby Revealed” to your must-read list. You will not be disappointed.
About the Author
When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.
She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!
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