Author: Meg Cabot
Narrator: Piper Goodeve
Audiobook Length: 8 hours 57 minutes
Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys.
Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there.
Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival.
Even though arrogant Will is the last person Jo wants to see, she could really use the festival’s more-than-generous speaking fee. She’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block on the next installment of her bestselling children’s series, and her father needs financial help as well.
Then Jo hears that Will is off-island on the set of the film of his next book. Hallelujah!
But when she arrives on Little Bridge, Jo is in for a shock: Will is not only at the book festival, but seems genuinely sorry for his past actions—and more than willing not only to make amends but prove to Jo that he’s a changed man.
Things seem to be looking up—until disaster strikes, causing Jo to wonder: Do any of us ever really know anyone?
No Words is the final novel in the Little Bridge Island series. I went into this novel with lower expectations as the previous stories were not quite for me. I was pleasantly surprised by this story as I liked it a lot, especially compared to the others. Readers return to Little Bridge Island in the Florida Keys where two rival writers come together for the island’s first annual book festival. The story follows Jo Wright, who is the bestselling author of the children’s series, Kitty Katz. She is experiencing writer’s block for the 27th novel in the series and is need of funds. When the opportunity to attend the festival comes up with a generous stipend, she is excited to attend; however, fellow author Will Price, her nemesis, is also invited. When Jo gets word that Will is away, she jumps at the chance to attend.
Will Price is best-selling author of adult novels that feature tragic tales of love and loss. After an unfortunately interview where Will did not speak kindly about Jo’s novels, the two have been at odds. As it turns out Will is heavily involved in the festival, which means that Jo will be forced to finally confront Will about his actions. Jo and Will have a lot of chemistry and have an interesting enemies to lovers story. As the two are attending the same festival where all the authors are in constant contact, there are many opportunities for them to interact. Since the reader experiences the story through Jo’s eyes, they are along for the ride in trying to fully figure out Will. According to Will, there are reasons for his past actions and he is remorseful, but Jo has a difficult time believing that his new attitude towards her is sincere.
As this story takes place at a book festival, there are many secondary characters including the fellow authors and the attendees. They added a nice bit of quirkiness and enthusiasm to the story, and I loved how all of the characters played off each other. It takes place over a weekend, so everything in this story moves at a faster pace. While I loved this pacing in terms of giving the reading an experience a sense of ease, the romance itself seemed too rushed. The amount of time the characters spend together give them some nice moments to explore a relationship, yet I wish that there was more. They did work well together, though, so I enjoyed them as a potential couple. Jo is a little negative at times, but she was still likable for the most part. Will was a sweet and good-natured character, and I loved his scenes. Some characters from the past novels do make small appearances, but the main story features new characters, which mean that readers could read this as a standalone. Overall, this was a cute escape read that one can finish easily in a single sitting. There are some elements that I wish were explored in greater detail, but it was still an enjoyable read as a whole.
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