“Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around” by Sarah Ready, Narrated by Erin Mallon #BookReview

Georgia Kostopoulou


I really loved the first book “Josh and Gemma make a baby” and I enjoyed getting to know these two. They had such a great chemistry! Reading that book first is a pre-requisite! Otherwise you won’t understand most of what happens here and why. So, when I saw there was a sequel coming out, I got so very excited and wanted to dive right into it!

This book picks up where the first book left us. Josh Lewenthal, the famous comic creator and Gemma Jacobs are expecting their baby and they are getting ready to get married. They have decided to plan and execute everything in Gemma’s parents’ house, so the whole family is working on it. It was supposed to be easy peasy lemon squeezy. Gemma’s mother has had several celebratory gatherings at her back yard, so she was an expert on event planning and executing. Everyone in the family was going to help anyway, so it was not a big deal. And it wasn’t. At least not until the actual ceremony started and Gemma’s life, and everyone else’s for that matter, took an unexpected turn.

This is the point where Josh and Gemma get separated. They didn’t want for this to happen, but it did. So now they have to find their way back to each other and this is so difficult and painful for both of them. They might make it or they might not, and this ‘not’ is what has Gemma worried. All the ‘what ifs’ that are summoned in her mind, have her second guessing her chances at a future with Josh.

And as if this was not enough, Ian Fortune is back in the picture. The most hated man in the country, the person that Gemma used to adore, until she saw the true him, is at her side every day. She get’s to see how people treat him on the street and she believes it’s unfair. Well, throwing food to someone on the street is not something you see everyday! Gemma even get’s to experience it as well, when she decides to walk with Ian in public. So, she starts to think of Ian as a friend that needs her support somehow. That doesn’t go well with Josh, or anyone else of Gemma’s friends and family, until he does something to redeem himself. Kind of..

This book might be a rom com, but it does deal with some heavy subjects. Family and relationships are key subjects here as well, but we get to see a bit more on health issues. Like some severe conditions that have the brain confused or recalibrated and the patient cannot feel real feelings anymore. Or cases where the patient has memory only up to a certain time period. None of this is easy, neither for the person suffering from it, or for the friends and family.

Just as I did with the first book, I got the audiobook for this one too. It felt really nice to listen to the same lovely voice that had introduced the characters to me. Erin Mallon is giving all her heart in this story. She brings the characters to life and adds to the whole experience.

Thanks to NetGalley and Swift & Lewis Publishing, LLC for the opportunity to listen and review this audiobook. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.


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