The Rebound by Catherine Walsh is an enjoyable rom-com, but not a memorable one. It had the fun banter I was expecting, but the storyline fell short; it lacked the funny and awkward situations I enjoy in those stories. It was basically not as fun and entertaining as I’d expected.
When Abby Reynolds found herself jobless and single in NYC, she decided a trip to her hometown in Ireland was in order. Her best option, she figured, was a stay with her sister and brother-in-law. You’d think she chose to stay there because of her strong bond with her sister, but that’s not the case. She and her sister have a broken relationship. What could make Abby’s visit to Ireland worse? Constantly running into her neighbor and childhood friend, Luke Bailey. Abby didn’t recognize him at first. She soon, however, realized that the handsome guy she met at the train station (and thought would make a great rebound), was the one and only Luke!
Based on that, I thought the story was off to a great start. Unfortunately, the trajectory changed and the story fell short. The characters didn’t change or grow, so the story felt repetitive and predictable. Instead of funny or awkward situations, the story relied on miscommunication and Abby’s lie about her engagement (which didn’t make sense to me). In addition, the story lacked focus at times, due to the various themes and storylines. Did I hate this story? No! Overall, this is an enjoyable story about family, love, and new beginnings.
What I enjoyed most about this story, was the setting. The rural town in Ireland was the perfect backdrop for this story. I loved the location, the small-town community, and their traditions. I truly enjoyed being transported to Ireland, for the duration of the story.
This is my second book by this author. The first one was Holiday Romance, which I loved. While I didn’t enjoy The Rebound as much, I’m definitely looking forward to more of Catherine Walsh’s stories. The next one I’m going to try is One Night Only.
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