Love, Just In by Natalie Murray

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Author: Natalie Murray

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin


RRP: $22.99

Oh my, what a roller-coaster. This book just about has it all: medical drama, best friends to lovers trope, missed chances and a gorgeous Aussie beach town setting.

The story follows Josie Larsen, a Sydney TV news reporter who is approaching 30 and coming dangerously close to failing at life. After an unfortunate incident at work, she is sent to fill a six-month position in Newcastle, where her childhood best friend, Zac Jameson, lives. 

This should be a happy turn of events, but Zac has barely spoken to Josie for the past two years. Now thrown back into each other’s lives, Josie and Zac must navigate their neglected friendship and secret attraction to each other while struggling with their careers and mental health. Both Zac and Josie are such endearing characters, I loved being able to read about their journey together with flashes of the past mixed with the story of today.

I love this story for the no-nonsense way it discusses mental health and feeling lost in life. A very similar reading style for lovers of Emily Henry. Love, Just In will be one of this year’s reads of the summer, best enjoyed with a cool drink by the ocean.

Reviewed by Sophie Bowe


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Natalie Murray authorNatalie Murray has been writing to make people smile ever since her short story A Dog Story With a Happy Ending won first prize in a writing competition. She was eight (she didn’t quite understand titles and spoilers then!).

Now slightly *cough* older, Natalie is irreversibly committed to writing romance novels. Especially with all the tension, heart flutters, and ‘it hurts so good’ angst. Natalie’s adult contemporary romance, Love, Just In, is her debut. She also co-writes contemporary romance with US author Jenny Hickman (writing as Jenny Fyfe).

Also a self-confessed Tudorphile, Natalie is the award-winning author of ‘Emmie and the Tudor King’ series. This has received acclaim. The complete trilogy is currently in development for a television adaptation by Ambience Entertainment.

Natalie grew up in Sydney, Australia, and is the daughter of cookbook author Eva Stovern (‘The Caravan Chef’) and the late Australian football icon Les Murray. When she’s not writing books, you can find Natalie clinging to her family (literally; she’s super affectionate). Also packing or unpacking a suitcase and making lists of things she’ll never have time for because she’s too busy making lists.

Visit Natalie Murray’s website

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