Author: Ruthie Knox
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book. I loved, loved, loved About Last Night. While it’s not directly attached to the New York Trilogy, main character Winston Chamberlain is the brother of About Last Night’s Nev Chamberlain. Winston’s love interest Allie Fredericks is the sister of May Fredericks, from Truly, the first book in this trilogy.
Madly is an odd little read. It can be a stand-alone, but is complimented by About Last Night and Truly. Don’t get me wrong, I read it beginning to end in a day because it was compelling. It just didn’t fall neatly into a typical category. It’s definitely a romance, but unlike other offerings by Knox that I’ve read, it could almost be called “women’s fiction” as the characters work through significant emotional baggage. I like Knox too much to stick her with that label though.
The characters are completely mismatched by age and temperament—but they work. Winston is British and old enough to have a college-aged daughter, goes through as much self-discovery as Allie does. Allie is in her mid-twenties, an insecure mid-westerner, who’s as impulsive as Winston is restrained. That these two hook up and help each other through significant personal crises, is as unlikely as their continued relationship. But they do.
I adored Winston. He was Rupert Penry-Jones in every Hallmark and period BBC movie you’ve ever seen. Allie is likable because she always means well and is more perceptive than she thinks. Many parts of the book are introspective and Allie comes off as a bit of an old soul when she reassures Winston about his age, “You know you’re just whatever age you are, right? It doesn’t mean anything except that it’s taken you this many years to be the you who you are right now.” Think about it for a while. I liked the thought. Allie’s father was also an unexpected gem.
A lot of the book dealt with the idea of being authentic with yourself and others. Knox was inspired by an essay by Glendon Doyle Melton which you can READ HERE. It would never work as a movie, I think the self-examination that made it work in print wouldn’t translate to the screen, but I loved the movie in my head.
True to form, Knox comes up with a big ending. It wasn’t as surprising as some of her previous novels since we had a lot of information leading up to the big moment, but it was no less a production and as a fan of her work, I looked forward to getting there as I read. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait long for the third book, Completely, which is scheduled to come out in June.
Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.
Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Series: New York Trilogy Series #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Source: Publisher
Reviews in the Series:
Truly (New York Trilogy #1)