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Title: If You Ask Me
Author: Libby Hubscher
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
Page Count: 367
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
When an advice columnist’spicture-perfect life implodes, she opts to go rogue in this hilarious, heartwarming romance from the author of Meet Me in Paradise.
Violet Covington pens Dear Sweetie, the most popular advice column in the state of North Carolina. She has an answer for how to politely handle any difficult situation…until she discovers her husband, Sam, has been cheating on her. Furious and out of sensible solutions, Violet leaves her filter at the door and turns to her column to air her own frustrations. The new, brutally honest Dear Sweetie goes viral, sending more shock waves through Violet’s life. When she burns Sam’s belongings in a front-yard, late-night bonfire, a smoking-hot firefighter named Dez shows up to douse the flames, and an unexpected fling quickly shows potential to become something longer lasting.
A lot of people want to see the old polished Violet return—including her boss, who finds her unpredictability hard to manage, and Sam, who’s begging for another chance. But Dez appreciates Violet just the way she is—in fact, he can’t get enough of her. The right answers don’t come easily when Violet finds herself at her own personal crossroads. But maybe, by getting real, Violet can write her own happy ending.
If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher is a contemporary romance novel. While there is some humor in the story in If You Ask Me there is also some darker topics the author warns about with a trigger warning for infidelity, infertility, miscarriage, anxiety, and alcohol abuse.
Violet Covington has her own secret identity very few know about being the author of the popular advice column, Dear Sweetie. When Violet gets news that her column may get more exposure she can’t wait to share her news with her husband, Sam, and heads home in the middle of the day to see him.
Instead of Violet coming home to celebrate she arrives home to find her husband in bed with a neighbor and her marriage falling apart. Of course this revelation puts Violet in a not so good head space and the bonfire of Sam’s things may not have been such a great idea even though it brought a lovely firefighter, Dez, to her home and her life.
While a rebound relationship story isn’t always my favorite type of romance I took a chance with If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher and I was glad I did. While the story did tackle some darker subjects it still had it’s lighthearted side and it mixed well with the heartwarming nature of the romance. I think this one probably worked for me as it took it’s time and expanded the story over a longer period than most do so that made me get behind the relationship forming. After finishing I’d definitely return to this author again.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Libby Hubscher is an author and scientist. She studied biology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and holds a doctor of philosophy in molecular toxicology from North Carolina State University. Her work has appeared online and in textbooks, scientific journals, and literary journals. Her short story “The Unwelcome Guest” was long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 in 2018. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two young children, and a menagerie of pets.