Mattie Ross is in serious debt, overweight, and unhappy as she lives a fake life in order to keep a newspaper job she doesn’t like in False Start by Barbara Valentin. Her idea of dinner is chocolate bar followed by chocolate gelato. The publisher of her newspaper, for which she writes an advice column pretending to be a married working mother, offers her a big bonus if she spends the next year training to be able to run a marathon. Only after she accepts does she learn that the world-class coach is the identical twin brother of the man who jilted her at the altar whom she punched unconscious when he delivered the news that his brother wasn’t coming. And Nick has secretly been in love with Mattie for years. Mattie finds training really difficult, but she keeps going. The pair seems to draw closer, but that fictitious husband keeps standing between them.
This book is a sweet romantic comedy. It was enjoyable to read about the give and take of the relationship between Mattie and Nick, as they go through the steps of their complicated courtship ritual. No good rom-com can be a success without plenty of adversity for the couple. So it comes as no surprise that Mattie and Nick don’t have an easy journey.
Wendy Rich Stetson reads the audio version of this book. She really gripped me in the quality of her narration. She does a great job of expressing the high and low emotions that both Mattie and Nick experience, making me really empathise with them.
False Start kept me fascinated, and even though you know as a reader that romantic comedies end happily, you feel desperate for the characters to work things out and see how they did it. I give this book five stars!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, but that in no way influenced my review.
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