I’m going to confess, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen You’ve Got Mail all the way through but of course I know the romcom’s iconic premise! So when Lauren Layne announced a retelling with a starting an ultra-romantic champagne shop owning heroine, I knew TO SIR, WITH LOVE was going to be a winner. And let me tell you, it absolutely was. I have a serious weakness for epistolary romances (love through writing!)
Our heroine, Gracie, put aside her own dreams to take the reins of her family champagne shop after the death of her father. While she has done her best, the shop is still floundering but she is determined to save it. So when a hot, yet arrogant businessman offers to buy out her shop, she doesn’t exactly welcome him with open arms.
To complicate matters, Gracie has been talking to a mysterious man on an online dating app for months. She has no idea who he is, or what he looks like, but he is quickly becoming her confidante.
This book is like a glass of champagne easy to sip, bubbly, with just the right amount of depth. Gracie, Sebastian, the mysterious Sir, a vibrant cast of secondary characters and the NYC backdrop create the perfect escape read. I found all the characters easy to root for and had an absolutely delightful time devouring this book.
My only complaint was the fact that the slow burn was SO slow it might as well have been molasses. I wanted to shake both main characters and say, “just figure it out!!” more than once. A little more steam and a little quicker pace would have made this book perfect.
If you haven’t read Lauren Layne yet, this is a great place to start! It’s a complete standalone, sweet romance with the slowest burn! I’ve been a huge LL fan for years and I’m so delighted to add another one of her fabulous books to my shelf!
**I received a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review**