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Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite
In Beth Gildersleeve's debut novel, Love Rehired, we are introduced to funny perfectionist Emily. And to call Emily a workaholic is a bit of an understatement. She's given more of her time and devotion to Hart Hospitality than anyone could ever match. But it had its major downsides. Not only was her demanding job putting her health and sanity at risk, but she was finding it difficult to control her less than professional feelings toward her boss. So she left. Now, a year later, she is convinced to come back by the matriarch of the company. But is the promise of real lunch breaks and strictly confined working hours enough? Can she keep this going around Jackson?
For a debut novelist, Beth Gildersleeve has done an amazing job. This is one of those romantic stories that make you feel bubbly and warm, not passionate and hot. And I feel the romance genre has been taken over by the latter, so I'm glad to enjoy this sweet, sometimes funny story in Love Rehired. It's also a unique story in that Jackson attempts to help Emily find a new man in her life in order to defeat his own feelings for her. Of course we know how this goes. The writing is descriptive, but never drags too much. And there has clearly been attention to detail as the editing is spot on, a trait not found too often in first-time authors. If Gildersleeve can recreate the charm of Love Rehired in her next book, and the books after that, I think she will be a very successful author. So I highly recommend diving in and enjoying these two realistically flawed, yet relatable and likable characters that Beth has created.