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by Chelsie Edwards
Category: Contemporary Romance
A tender novel that had me believing in love at first sight and the power of friendship from a debut author that I cannot wait to read from again!
Can I just say that I love Smartypants Romance? Penny Reid had such a genius idea to expand her Pennyuniverse so that we could get more from her amazing characters. PLUS, it has brought my attention to amazing new authors, like Chelsie Edwards, who knock my socks off with their debut writing.
I loved reading Daisy Payton’s story in Upsy Daisy and hope to read many, many more books from Edwards. She can start with the rest of the characters in this book because I NEED THEM ALL! But I’m getting ahead of myself…
In Upsy Daisy, Daisy Payton is a freshman at college ready to start a new chapter in her life, on her own and away from the pressures associated with the family name Payton.
On move in day she meets Trevor Boone, a senior who’s biding his time until he graduates and can unload the burdens that have been weighing on him.
Neither Daisy or Trevor expected or anticipated their instant attraction but barriers ultimately arise that try to block their potential start at something more.
This book takes you back to the 1970s! I should have known this since we are reading about Daisy Payton in college after having already met her as a mom and business owner later in life in Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series, but it took me by surprise none the less when I first started reading.
It’s probably the first romance book that I’ve read set in this time period and it was glorious, especially due to the clothes references. Can I have Daisy wardrobe please? Amazing.
I fell in love with the clothes because Edwards writing was so descriptive that you felt like you were right there in the dorm room or outside the frat party or literally feeling all the feels that these characters were going through.
And boy were there feelings going on!
This book was not your “typical” romance book. It was really so much more. Yes, it centered around Daisy Payton and Trevor Boone and their instant attraction and growing fascination with one another, but this book really had so many engaging themes within it.
It delved into friendship, the bonds of family, the importance of loyalty, honesty, forgiveness and grace. It also peered into the different social stratas, familial expectations and grief.
Now that is A LOT to cover in one book but Edwards does it so brilliantly that I didn’t want the book to end.
There were just so many heart wrenching and heartwarming conversations between characters that I highlighted like mad because they all really spoke to me.
This book was ultimately about so many relationships in the book. Of course there was Daisy and Trevor and the attraction that jumped from the page just from them getting to know one another.
But there was also the friendships Daisy forged with her two best girlfriends, James and Odie, and the brotherhood Trevor had with his cousin Jules. I also loved what we learned about Daisy and her relationship with her older sister Dolly and her father.
I seriously need some follow ups to this book pronto. There are so many stories just simmering at the surface that I really, really need including James and Jules, Odie and Charlie and Dolly and the preacher.
It must be so daunting to put words to the page as a new author and then let them out in the world, but kudos and thanks to Edwards for taking the leap because this book brought me such joy. I cannot wait to read her next one!
Thank you to Smartypants Romance and Chelsie Edwards for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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