Romantic reads: Fall in love with Rachel Winters’ ‘Would Like to Meet’

The British writer’s debut novel, ‘Would Like to Meet’ is a young-adult rom-com that will charm you this Valentine’s Day.

romantic reads fall in love with rachel winters would like to meet - Romantic reads: Fall in love with Rachel Winters’ ‘Would Like to Meet’

Having taken the book world by storm, English author Rachel Winters’ Would Like to Meet is the ideal story to fall in love with this February.

You name it, this book has it — funny characters, quick and witty dialogue, and wonderfully clichéd moments which no rom-com tale should be without.

‘Would Like to Meet’ a book to fall in love with

Winters’ debut novel is filled to the brim with romance, hilarious characters and no shortage of cheesy moments. That is what makes the book so enjoyable: It rides on clichés and does not try to hide them. Think Bridget Jones’s Diary, but made modern.

So, if you are not a fan of somewhat unrealistic romance stories filled with on-the-nose humour, this book is probably not for you. It also leans more towards the “young” side of the “young adult” genre.

But since it is the month of love, and we are surrounded by love and romance, no matter how cheesy, we must indulge in a good old romance read.

‘Would Like to Meet’: A synopsis

Evie, 29, is more than ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she works for in deep trouble.

Evie will lose her job and her promotion unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most difficult client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood rom-com.

The catch? Ezra has writer’s block and will only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like in the movies.

She embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry and Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts. Only, Evie encounters one humiliating situation after another before she can truly establish whether you can fall in love like in the rom-coms.

Favourite quotes from ‘Would Like to Meet’

I took a shorter route which meant squeezing past the cabal of perfectly turned-out mothers. Two neatly dressed, wide-eyed children were blocking my path, one white-blonde, the other with straight dark hair, both looking like they’d answered a casting call for ‘children that could haunt your nightmares’.

The truth was that Ezra Chester — Academy Award winner, charitable heartthrob, and industry darling — was an arrogant, insufferable [man].

He placed a kiss on my forehead. “It’s funny to think we’re watching the moment I first started to fall in love with you.” He pointed to the actor playing him […]. “Actually it was when you came and sat back down with us. That’s when I knew: This woman will make me brave.”

More about author Rachel Winters

Rachel Winters has lived and worked in London since graduating with a degree in creative writing and a masters in publishing.

Her first role in the publishing industry involved writing a newspaper column for cat breeders even though she has never owned a cat.

Since then, she has become a commissioning editor for a major publisher by day while writing her debut novel by night. 

Would like to Meet is published from the Penguin Random House stable.

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