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Astrid Parker Doesn't Fail

By Ashley Herring Blake
Astrid Parker Doesn't Fail by Ashley Herring Blake digital book - Fable

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An interior designer who is never without the perfect plan learns to renovate her love life without one in this new romantic comedy by Ashley Herring Blake, author of Delilah Green Doesn’t Care.
 
For Astrid Parker, failure is unacceptable. Ever since she broke up with her fiancé a year ago, she’s been focused on her career—her friends might say she’s obsessed, but she knows she’s just driven. When Pru Everwood asks her to be the designer for the Everwood Inn’s renovation, which will be featured on a popular HGTV show, Innside America, Astrid is thrilled. Not only will the project distract her from her failed engagement and help her struggling business, but her perpetually displeased mother might finally give her a nod of approval.
 
However, Astrid never planned on Jordan Everwood, Pru’s granddaughter and the lead carpenter for the renovation, who despises every modern design decision Astrid makes. Jordan is determined to preserve the history of her family’s inn, particularly as the rest of her life is in shambles. When that determination turns into some light sabotage to ruffle Astrid’s perfect little feathers, the showrunners ask them to play up the tension. But somewhere along the way, their dislike for each other evolves into something quite different, and Astrid must decide what success truly means. Is she going to pursue the life that she’s expected to lead or the one that she wants?

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1138 Reviews

4.0
Slightly Smiling Face
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readRealistic settingFeel goodRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Unofrtuantely, this book had the same issues that Delilah's book did, in that it felt unfinished and rushed. Once again, I actually loved the story and the characters but the writing itself could have used more editing at least. There were some extra words, at least one actual typo and still the phrase "the other woman", though not nearly as much as in the first book. I loved Astrid and Jordan's relationship and how Astrid finally found who she is and not who her mother made her to be. Speaking of, I couldn't really connect with Astrid and her mother trying to talk things through, it didn't feel authentic. 30 years of guiding and manipulating her daughter to do and be what she wants, after one speech from her, she suddenly realises the error of her ways? That sounds insulting to her intelligence because I assure you, she was very aware of what she was doing. Also, I didn't like how Astrid didn't forgive Josh or at least try to. If Claire and Ruby can, why can't she? Why not resolve things between them? All of this said, it is lovely, funny piece of queer literature and you should absolutely read it.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersEasy to readFeel goodRomanticBad writing
Slightly Smiling Face“I honestly loved this sequel to the previous book, and I love that it’s a book you can pick up and read without having to read the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the characters were well written and had substance, it’s a coming of age, fast paced, cute romance, which I was looking forward to.”

About Ashley Herring Blake

Ashley Herring Blake is an award-winning author. She holds a master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and cold weather. She is the author of the romance novel Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, the young adult novels Suffer Love, How to Make a Wish, and Girl Made of Stars, and the middle grade novels Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, andHazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea. She’s also a coeditor on the young adult romance anthology Fools in Love. She lives on a very tiny island off the coast of Georgia with her family.
 

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