A return to New Milton pleases me so! I adore the town and residents Malcolm has created here. Alfie is the sweet and sensitive mechanic who loves his audiobooks of the classics. Leo is the standoffish owner of the bookstore. The two unite online over their love of books, but clash spectacularly in person.
Malcolm is a master at conveying her characters’ emotions and feelings. It’s impossible to choose a side when both MCs are lovable, even with all their faults. The internal struggles are relatable in this age of technology and “meeting” people and developing relationships online.
I thoroughly enjoyed the literary references throughout and the adorably sweet book scavenger hunt. Alfie and Leo are the perfect couple, and I love them together.