Title: Here for the Drama
Author: Kate Bromley
Publication: June 21, 2022
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
It wouldn’t be the theater without a few theatrics…
Becoming a famous playwright is all Winnie ever dreamed about. For now, though, she’ll have to settle for assisting the celebrated, sharp-witted feminist playwright Juliette Brassard. When an experimental theater company in London, England, decides to stage Juliette’s most renowned play, The Lights of Trafalgar, Winnie and Juliette pack their bags and hop across the pond.
But the trip goes sideways faster than you can say “tea and crumpets.” Juliette stubbornly butts heads with the play’s director and Winnie is left stage-managing their relationship. Meanwhile, Winnie’s own work seems to have stalled, and though Juliette keeps promising to read it, she always has some vague reason why she can’t. Then, Juliette’s nephew, Liam, enters stage left. He’s handsome, he’s smart, he is devastatingly British…and his family ties to Juliette pose a serious problem, forcing Winnie to keep their burgeoning relationship on the down-low. What could go wrong?
Balancing a production seemingly headed for disaster, a secret romance and the sweetest, most rambunctious rescue dog, will Winnie save the play, make her own dreams come true and find love along the way—or will the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune get the best of her?
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
When this request came across my email as a review request, I jumped at the chance to read it. It was set in London which is always a big draw for me as well as being a romance novel, which is always a go-to for me as a comfort read. Things in my life currently require all the comfort reads I can get. I also realized after I started the book that I have read another one of her novels for review earlier and loved that one as well.
Winnie desperately wants to become a playwright, but she is stuck for the last five years as a personal assistant to one. She has become more family to the woman she works for and vice versa. They set off to London to do a pop-up production of one of her boss’s shows. Along the way, she meets her nephew Liam. Will Winnie figure out what she wants before it’s too late? I adored this book. I kept thinking to myself this would be an amazing movie that I would watch over and over again. It reminded me of a Meg Ryan rom/com. I didn’t want it to end. I totally fell in love with Winnie and all of her quirks. I love that she grew as the story went on and she grew to have faith in herself. Liam had his own issues and Winnie brought the best out of him and vice versa. They wanted to make each other better. I thought that for once Liam having the relationship and trust issues was refreshing. Usually, it’s the woman who has had the divorce and is unsure of what path she should take next.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Winnie’s boss at the beginning but the way she forced Winnie to grow as a person and do something for herself she began to grow on me. In the end, I didn’t think she was a terrible person. I thought the comic relief in the form of Ollie the dog was wonderful. His whole storyline was wonderful and the end with him honestly made me cry. My kids mocked me for once again crying during a book and this time I didn’t tell them it was because of a dog (don’t worry the dog doesn’t die). I literally squealed with delight at the end of the book. It was everything I could have hoped for and more in and ending…. It gave me a year out from the end and then 5 years out. Every book should do that. Sometimes epilogues just don’t cut it. Go out and get this book you won’t be sorry. I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by this author for sure.