26 January 2024

dear henry, love edith | first line friday

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happy friday!

i've got another chill weekend ahead, and hopefully, i'll make time for one of my most anticipated reads of the month. this book was beloved by many last year, so i have high hopes of loving it, too.

first line: henry grimaced, not sure which irritated him more—the persistent ache in his knee or the relentless voice in his ear.

about the book

He thinks she’s an elderly widow. She’s convinced he’s a grumpy old man. Neither could be further from the truth.

After a short and difficult marriage, recently widowed Edith Sherman has learned her lesson. Forget love. Forget marriage. She plans to fill her thirties with adventure. As she awaits the final paperwork for a humanitarian trip to South Africa, she accepts a short-term nursing position in a small Midwestern town. The last thing she needs is a handsome local catching her eye. How inconvenient is that?

Henry Hobbes isn’t exactly thrilled to have Edith, who he assumes is an elderly widow, dumped on him as a houseguest for the summer. But he’d do almost anything for his niece, who is practically like a sister to him given how close they are in age. Especially since Edith will be working nights and Henry works most days. When he and Edith keep missing each other in person, they begin exchanging notes—short messages at first, then longer letters, sharing increasingly personal parts of their lives.

By the time Henry realizes his mistake—that Edith is actually the brown-eyed beauty he keeps bumping into around town—their hearts are so intertwined he hopes they never unravel. But with her departure date rapidly approaching, and Henry’s roots firmly planted at home, Edith must ultimately decide if the adventure of her dreams is the one right in front of her.

Reminiscent of the beloved classic You’ve Got Mail comes a delightful new romantic comedy about mistaken identities, second chances, and finding love in unexpected places.

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  1. Anonymous26/1/24 12:38

    I was one of the ones that LOVED this book last year!! It was great!! I hope you enjoy it as well. Cindy https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2024/01/first-line-friday-114-chicken-about-love.html

  2. I will add this book to my TBR. Thank you.

  3. This sounds so charming! I already like Henry and Edith and I've only read your excerpt and the blurb. I am adding this to my wish list. I hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently reading The Holiday Stand-In by Kortney Keisel. It's really cute so far!
    "I've never been in this position where doing the right thing feels wrong."
    I hope you have a great weekend full of fun reading. 🙂📚

  5. I've heard great things about this book. I'm looking forward to reading it soon. Hope you enjoy it! :)