That Forever Girl by Meghan Quinn is a sweet smalltown/second chance romance. Review

Synopsis

USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s second book in the Getting Lucky series brings heart, humor, and heat back to Port Snow.There are two little words every small-town man dreads:

She’s back.

Harper Sanders, the girl who was supposed to be my forever, has returned to Port Snow, Maine, for good—and she’s bringing back memories of our shared past.

We once had a bright future together, but when tragedy struck, I threw it all away and pushed her out of my life. People in our small town think I’m cursed, but I know better. I did it all to myself.

And now she’s creating a life of her own in the place where we first fell in love. I can’t fight my feelings for her—or the strong attraction that keeps pulling us together. But after all this time, can she forgive the past and fall in love with me all over again?

Everyone hopes to find that forever girl…I just hope I haven’t lost mine for good.

 

Review

 

3,75 « I will explain below » stars

 

There is one passage in this book that is just perfect to describe that story so I will use it: “It checks all the boxes. High school sweethearts, small-town romance with quirky side characters, a bit of a mystery, with a whole lot of heartache. Oh, and don’t forget a classic second-chance romance. Maybe a little enemies to lovers snuck in there.”

 

Meghan Quinn knows how to write that’s a given. I nearly peed my pants while reading The Virgin Romance Novelist because I laughed way too hard for my bladder.

When I saw the blurb for this new book I did not hesitate to one click.

 

It had so much of my favorite tropes!

-Small town feel;

-Childhood sweetheart;

-Second chance romance;

-Sexy but damaged hero;

…..

 

Did it deliver? Let’s see …

 

The small town feel was excellent!

I loved this little coastal town with its quirky citizens. The feel that everyone knows everyone and that you have kind of a big family. A meddling family but family nonetheless. You even have an old lighthouse (I don’t know why I love lighthouses so much but they feel so romantic).

Meghan described that charming town with all its nooks, gorgeous mansions and quaint fisher houses in such a way that I could see it and breathe the salted sea breeze.

 

The childhood sweetheart trope was good.

We alternate between present time and flashback and all the young romance is displayed in the flashbacks.

If I truly loved reading about the young Rogan and Harper till they went to college, the college flashback just diverted my attention from the main plot and I honestly wanted to resume with the present time. But that’s me and my personal taste as I often struggle with flashbacks in stories. I usually just want to get back to the main plot.

 

The second chance romance.

Well I loved in the beginning how Rogan was a jerk to Harper when she got back home. Not that I like a@holes in stories but it kept things interesting. The anger, the resentment and beneath it all the passion still burning.

Yet at the same time I just wanted Rogan to get his act together and stop acting so silly!

I was conflicted and later on, without giving any spoilers away, found it a little bit too easy.

 

The banter and family dynamics

I think the best part of this book is the banter between the Knightly brothers and the family quirk like the fudge trials!

“Those Knightly boys can be real morons, can’t they?” That makes me chuckle and stills the churning in my stomach. “They really can be.” “And they make it seem like they’re the most intelligent men, but when it comes to love, they are deaf, blind, and stupid.”

I laughed so hard when I read some of their text banter.

The brothers have an incredible dynamic and I really liked that Brigs seems a big romantic. I would love having brothers like these!

 

Harper is also one who will give Rogan a run for his money if he is insufferable with her. She will hold het ground and I had to admire her for that!

 

So why not a four or five stars truly? I would say that this book is the perfect beach read but it would be weird as it is happening around Thanksgiving!

It is one of these “Hallmark” books: sweet, enjoyable that will let you have a good time yet something was missing for me to give it a very high rating.

I don’t know what. A kick maybe? Some added drama or angst? Less flashbacks?

Honestly I don’t know.

What I do know is that this book gets many excellent reviews and this could be the perfect read for you! I have adored other books by Meghan Quinn so I would say: make up your own opinion!

Have you read Meghan Quinn’s books?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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5 Replies to “That Forever Girl by Meghan Quinn is a sweet smalltown/second chance romance. Review”

  1. I don’t know why I still haven’t read anything by Meghan Quinn! I see so many great reviews for her books but I just haven’t picked up anything by her yet. This one sounds good for when you’re in the mood for something on the lighter side.

  2. Great honest review, Sophie! I haven’t read the first book yet, but this sounds like a enjoyable read. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you hoped!

  3. Have put on my TBR

  4. Sounds like a pleasant, heartwarming read. Just perfect for a rainy day.

  5. Thanks for your thoughtful review, Sophie. I loved this line in the blurb: There are two little words every small-town man dreads:
    She’s back.
    Not a big fan of overuse of flashbacks either, but this sounds like a fun read 🙂

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