I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review.
Lucie Yi has tried love – it didn’t work.
She’s decided that finding Mr Right is a myth, and that finding Mr Right-enough-to-have-children-with is the next best option. So when she meets easy-going Collin Read on a platonic co-parenting website, it finally feels like she has found her version of happily ever after.
But things take a turn for the worse when they move back home to Singapore where her very traditional family and remorseful ex-fiancé await.
With pressure mounting on all sides and her perfect plan unravelling, Lucie has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for a chance at happiness – and maybe, just maybe, love.
After reading (and loving) her debut, Last Tang Standing what feels like an age ago, I was excited to read Lauren Ho’s sophomore novel, Lucie Yi Is Not a Romantic.
If you’ve been reading my dating journey posts (more coming soon, once I convince myself to actually “get back out there”), you’d think I too was not a romantic. However, despite the fact I have yet to experience my own spectacular love story, I love reading about love. Thankfully, Ho doesn’t just rehash a tale as old as time in her latest book, which made it a joy to read.
We begin this story with Lucie Yi having a very poorly timed and very public emotional breakdown in a baby clothing store. Not your usual opening but this allows the reader to begin to unpick a character that, like Andrea in Ho’s previous book, is full of depth and emotion as well as a wonderful, slightly spiky sense of humour. What follows is a series of bizarre swipes on what can only be described as Tinder for coparenting and a love story with plenty of twists and turns.
I won’t spoil too much about this one but I loved the characters in this one and how they drove the narrative on. It’s not always the easiest read, as pregnancy and raising children isn’t the easiest process for everyone, but — if you love a slow burn romance with a bit of substance — you should definitely get adding this book to your summer reads.
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