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Title: The Rebound
Author: Catherine Walsh
Publication Date: February 14, 2022
Page Count: 334
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A newly single girl. A tall dark handsome stranger. What could go wrong?
It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday morning and Abby Reynolds isn’t where she wants to be. She wants to be in her beautiful loft apartment in Manhattan, drinking a coffee with her fiancé.
Instead, she’s heading back to the childhood home in rural Ireland she swore she’d never return to, with some big old secrets. Namely that she’s suddenly found herself unemployed, homeless, and absolutely 100% single.
She’s feeling all out of luck. Until the first person she meets after she touches down is an absurdly hot guy called Luke, who offers her a lift home. Gazing deep into his sparkling emerald-green eyes, Abby knows instantly that he’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off everything. The perfect rebound.
It’s a flawless plan. Until the next day, when Abby realizes who he actually is. Not just a stranger. He is, in fact, Luke Bailey, aka the boy next door. Luke Bailey who—so help her God—she’s pretty sure she once shared baths with, back when they were kids. Not that she can allow herself to imagine him in a bath now, not without blushing from head to foot.
And judging by the smirk on his face, the same Luke Bailey who’s known exactly who she was the whole time… And who, like everyone in the village, still thinks she’s a high-flying New Yorker… who’s getting married next year.
Abby is certain getting under Luke will help her get over her ex. But the truth is stopping her. Can she admit to everyone back home that she’s single and has lost everything? Because, if she wants the boy next door, she may just have to…
The perfect feel-good romantic comedy that will make you laugh until you cry and fall completely in love. Fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, and Emily Henry won’t be able to put this down!
The Rebound by Catherine Walsh is romantic comedy novel. This is one book that is definitely aptly named as the main character is coming off an engagement and is now beginning something new.
Abby Reynolds grew up in rural Ireland but left home the first chance she had to head to New York. Abby’s life in New York had been wonderful, a thriving career and a fiance, that is until it wasn’t. Abby’s fiance broke it off and a few short weeks later she was out of a job.
Now Abby finds herself in a run down station waiting for a ride to her small town in Ireland when a stranger offers to take her after finding Abby read the schedule wrong. After arriving Abby finds out that handsome man giving her a lift was her old childhood friend, Luke Bailey and boy did he sure grow up.
The Rebound by Catherine Walsh was certainly a fun story to read as it did have me laughing over and over again. The characters were likable and the setting a very charming rural town with more wonderful people to get to know along the way. I loved that Abby’s relationship with her sister was also one involved and watching as Abby and Luke got to know one another all over again. Definitely an author that I will keep an eye on in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Catherine Walsh was born and raised in Ireland.
She lived in London for a few years before returning to Dublin where she now lives between the mountains and the sea. When not writing she is trying and failing to not kill her houseplants.