The Rebound – ARC Book Review

The Rebound: An absolutely hilarious romantic comedy set in Ireland by [Catherine Walsh]

Title:- The Rebound

Author:- Catherine Walsh

No. of pages:- 334 pages

Publisher:- Bookouture

Date published:- will be published on February 14th 2022

Genre:- Romance

Rating:- 3.5/5 stars

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!

After reading her debut book, One Night Only and really enjoying reading it, I decided to try out her newest book, The Rebound, which will be released on the Valentine’s Day itself!

Abby was laid off from her work, and returned back to her childhood town, Clonard in Ireland. As she is trying to start her new life in Ireland, after living in Manhattan for so long, she is trying to adjust her life–and she meets her childhood friend Luke, who has grown into a tall dark handsome man. The story is mainly tells about the developing romance between Abby and Luke, and how Abby adjusts to her new life in Clonard.

OK, this was actually a funny read and I felt like I was watching a cheesy Hallmark romance movie on the TV when I was reading this book. The first part of the story was slightly boring but gradually it got slightly interesting. However, unlike One Night Only, this was not as good as her debut book, but nonetheless I actually enjoyed reading the book and the slow developing romance between Abby and Luke.

If you want a Happily Ever after stories, then this book is one for you–worth 3.5 stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Catherine Walsh

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.

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