The Rebound – Catherine Walsh

Published By: Bookouture
Pages: 334
Released On: 14/02/2022

It’s 7am on a Monday morning and Abby Reynolds isn’t where she wants to be. She wants to be in her beautiful loft apartment in Manhattan, drinking a coffee with her fiancé. Instead, she’s heading back to the childhood home in rural Ireland she swore she’s never return to, with some big old secrets. Namely that she’s suddenly found herself unemployed, homeless, and absolutely 100% single.

She’s feeling all out of luck. Until the first person she meets after she touches down is an absurdly hot guy called Luke, who offers her a lift home. Gazing deep into his sparkling emerald-green eyes, Abby knows instantly that he is exactly what she needs to take her mind off everything. It’s a perfect plan. Until the next day, when Abby realises who he actually is. Not just a stranger. He is, in fact, Luke Bailey, aka the boy next door. Luke Bailey who she’s pretty sure she once shared baths with, back when they were kids. And judging by the smirk on his face, the same Luke Bailey who’s known exactly who she was the whole time.

Abby is certain getting under Luke will help her get over her ex. But the truth is stopping her. Can she admit to everyone back home that she’s single and lost everything? Because, if she wants the boy next door, she may just have to.

*****

*Contains minor spoilers*

Thanks to Bookouture for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

This was everything I wanted and needed and expected. A tad predictable yes, but so-called (by me) happily-ever-after type books always are, and that’s exactly what I want. I want something calming and enjoyable to read, full of love and laughter and friendship, and you know it’ll end on a positive note and that’s what keeps you reading.

I love how strong Abby is when faced with difficult times. Yes she stumbles and puts her foot in it on more than one occasion, but she stands up for what she wants in the end. The small supporting cast make her shine in their own way, and the small community feel made me feel like I was a part of it – like these were my friends too.

Ireland isn’t described too much in the book, but what is there sounds idyllic to me. To shut yourself away with loved ones in a quiet, rural village is perfect – especially if it comes with its own Luke.

Having finished it, I’m not 100% sure of the title – I’m not convinced a “rebound” really conveys the plot in my opinion, but that’s easily brushed aside. I’m not sure it warrants a sequel but I’d definitely be interested in reading more in this line of Catherine’s writing. She makes you believe in love again. She gives you permission to hope.

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