Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review: "She's Got a Way" by Maggie McGinnis (Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, Romantic Comedy)

She's Got a Way
by Maggie McGinnis

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Chick Lit, Womens Fiction,
Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Series: Echo Lake

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Description from Publisher:

Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy—even when their bad behavior earns them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order…right?

Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping troubled boys. When four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother show up for the summer, it’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them tackle the great outdoors. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion he sees in Gabi — especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?

My Rating:
Heat Rating:
My Musings:
So, this is sort of silly to say, and very meta, but the rom-com feel of this was so great! It had "awesome chick movie" all over it. It started out a little slowly, but, before you know it, it sucks you in.

The setting of a camp in the middle of nowhere Vermont is great and it was so well-described that I feel like I just spent a few weeks at Camp Echo. Complete with a tent, dining hall, and ice-cold lake. Not to mention, racoons, bears, and a couple of adorable fluffs (of thr dog variety).

The characters are as rich as the setting, with a "housemother", Gabi, who is a bit lost, over-analyzes things too much, is a fish out of water not-so-rich girl, and very likable. She learns and grows as much as the 4 boarding schoolgirls she brings with her. And those girls, and the way they bond and build character, definitely grow and change from beginning to end.

Then, there is handyman Luke. I loved his character the most. He was so well-adjusted, despite his rough past (which only sort of haunts him). I loved his humor, and the way that he was able to help all of the Briarwood girls. His style of help was exactly what you would hope for with someone in a role like his.

One thing I will say, though, is that it is more Chick Lit than Romance, genre-wise. It is "closed-door" romance with a little tension, but not much in the steam department.

This has more depth than a typical Rom-Com, along the lines of a Nicholas Sparks romance, but also keeps you laughing (fulfilling the "com" promise). It was a pleasure to read!
I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

About Maggie McGinnis
Maggie McGinnis is a USA Today bestselling author and Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She writes sweet romances set in Montana and Vermont, and feels extremely fortunate that through her books, she gets to fall in love every single day. She's a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn't an author, she'd totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It's probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots?
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