To Sir, With Love
To Sir, With Love
by Lauren Layne
Published June 29, 2021
by Gallery Books
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
From The Publisher:
Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.
Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.
But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.
I was looking for something light to read and this was a great option! To Sir, With Love is yet another take on the classic theme which Nora Ephron used for You’ve Got Mail (and which popped up in earlier books and films too) and it works really well. Loved the Manhattan setting. I’m enough of a native New Yorker (grew up in Brooklyn) that I hate the new super-skinny skyscrapers going up in Manhattan, so I was all set to sympathize with the main female character, Gracie, in her dislike of Sebastian, the real estate developer who wants to buy her out of the long-term lease of her family’s wine store (specifically a champagne store!). Along with the main story, the author included some wonderful secondary characters with their own side stories, from her brother and sister, to her upstairs neighbor, to her childhood best friend. This was my first book by Lauren Layne but I’m sure it won’t be my last.
To Sir, With Love was chosen by Amazon editors as one of the Best Romance Books of July.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.