An Unexpected Love Story by Ellie Hall ~ Book Review

August 10, 2021


About the Book

Book: An Unexpected Love Story
Author: Ellie Hall
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Series: Falling into Happily Ever After, Book 1
Release Date: January 15, 2021

Catherine played it safe with book boyfriends—until Kellan, her nemesis, writes himself into her story.

Let’s not talk about how I was let go from my job and had to take a position as coffee-girl at a publicity firm. We definitely won't discuss their newest client and how he was the former love of my life. However, it’s fair to mention that Kellan Connelly is now my fiercest adversary.

I’ve spent the last decade playing it safe with book boyfriends—avoiding frustratingly attractive and three-dimensional guys like him.

When my roommate finds the Boyfriend Book, a silly relic leftover from my teens, it prompts a dare; go on five dates and pick one to be my Valentine. I can't say no, especially if it means proving to myself and Kellan that I’ve moved on.

Despite braving the dating jungle, none of the guys comes close to being my one true love. Except Kellan. He’s infuriating, confusing, catnip…and it turns out he has a secret.

With a love letter and a plane ticket in hand, can I leave my baggage behind and decide between love, hate, and the lies I told to protect my fragile heart?

My Thoughts

This was such a cute story. Definitely one of those perfect books that allows you to escape for a while into a romantic scene like you are inside the movies. This was my first time reading a book by this author and it certainly won't be my last. 

I loved the character of Catherine. I mean we were like her once upon a time. In love with our bookish boyfriends praying for that guy to become a reality. The difference for Cat is that she has met that guy. In fact they were best friends until something happens and he leaves. Kellan returns to make ammends because Cat is the woman he has been in love with for a long time. He is so sweet and his persistence to get Cat was completely swoony! 

I love how her roommate Hazel becomes Kellan champion and unbeknownst to him helps both Cat and Kellan get together by making up this Valentine's Day challenge to get Catherine out there and realize what she truly wants in a man is standing right in front of him all she has to do is forgive him. 

Despite my love for Catherine she drove me a bit batty when she just wouldn't let go of her anger towards Kellan completely and truly forgive him. She goes back and forth and it's frustrating to experience this along with her. But in the end it all worked out and for the better. 

Ellie Hall definitely has won me over as a reader and I will be reading more from her! I really enjoy her style of writing. She gives both narratives and switches back and forth between them.  I want to find out what happens to Hazel in the next book! This is definitely a clean and wholesome read. There is no faith element that I encountered in the story. It was enjoyable and somewhat quick read. If you want to be swept away in a romantic comedy then I recommend you grab this one! 

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really Liked it!

I received a copy of this book through Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All view expressed are only my honest opinion.

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About the Author

Ellie Hall is a USA Today bestselling author. If only that meant she could wear a tiara and get away with it. ;) She loves puppies, books, and the ocean. Writing sweet romance with lots of firsts and fizzy feels gives her joy. Oh, and chocolate chip cookies are her fave. Ellie believes in dreaming big, working hard, and lazy Sunday afternoons spent with her family and dog in gratitude for God’s grace.

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