I have received an ARC of the book “On the Same Page” by Penelope Janu from NetGalley and I was very excited to read it. The plot sounded really interesting and it’s the first book that I read that has taken place in Australia! It was really interesting to see the lingo because obviously it’s an English speaking country but they may or may not have words of phrases that are different from those of the US.
What drew me to the book, was the cover. I thought the cover was super cute and the description sounded interesting to me because it was an author who was hiding behind a persona for her books. When I was coming out with my book, I debated on whether to use my name or go by Lola Dasher. I understood where she was coming from with that aspect.
Did “On the Same Page” live up to my expectations? Read on to find out! Just be warned, there will be some spoilers but be aware!
By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. By night, in secret, she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When ‘Emma’s’ novels win one of Australia’s biggest literary awards, Miles’s perfectly ordered life begins to unthread at the bindings. Especially when Lars Kristensen, CEO of the publishing company contracted to publish the prize-winning books, insists on meeting the author. Besides mutual antipathy and sexual attraction, socially anxious Miles and supremely confident Lars have nothing in common. Nothing. But the more time they spend together, the more blurred the lines between fact and fiction and love and hate become. Miles is determined to both protect her privacy and to keep writing-even if it means mastering pole dancing, choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage, and confronting the prejudices of her parents and publishers. Like the heroines in her books, Miles has the grit to stand her ground. But Lars has the smouldering looks, arrogance and pride of all her romantic heroes rolled into one. And he is good at reading between the lines. Who is going win this battle of wills? Can Miles and Lars ever be on the same page?
I’ve never wanted a book to end more than this one. I think I should talk about the positives with this book. The first thing I loved was something super small but it was cute personally to me…my grandma’s name was in the book. In the book there’s a character named Grandma Myrtle and that’s my grandma’s name so I was like aww. I liked how Miles wanted “to be loved by someone who loves me as I am”, which was frustrating because she was inside her head so much that she was rude and unprofessional and was letting herself as well as others down.
I love how she fought for her characters as far as looks went. They wanted the women in her novels to be gorgeous and really conventually attractive and the editors and the people at the publishing companies didn’t understand how a woman with fair looks and an average body could get these really handsome men. Like that’s what’s wrong with society right there. They try to make average women feel like they can’t get the guy or measure up to society’s standards of beauty (rant over!). One of the men working with her asked “why would he fall in love with someone who is poorly connected, penniless and plain?”
I did love how she stood up to her parents who talked down to her and about her books (unbeknownst to them). I’m glad she finally gets the balls to say who she is but omg it was hell to get her there. I also liked how she gave you glimpse into her book and it was a cool aspect. In addition, I liked how some of her characters in her book had elements of herself, which is something I need to keep in mind when I’m writing my novels.
Miles was awful. She was just an awful character and I didn’t buy the romance between her and Lars. I did predict that something “big” would happen by chapter 45 because that’s what all her characters did in her books. Which brings me to another point. The sex scenes seemed very lackluster however, the writer seemed to give descriptive details in other parts of the book except for the actual sex scenes. What was up with that? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all sex crazy when it comes to books but I do need her to be consistent. I’m mad it took me until the middle of the book to realize Pippy didn’t know about her being Emma. I’m not sure if I overlooked it or I just assumed she knew but I guess it does make sense that she submitted her name to the contest because I was confused. This book was not a good time.
I give this book 2.5/5 stars. I do not recommend this book at all. I will say though, if you’re a fan of Historical Fiction, you may like it. The book comes out April 1st, which is ironic because this book was one big joke to me.
Title: On the Same Page
Author: Penelope Janu
Publication Date: April 1, 2022
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Buy it here: Amazon
What’s one book from overseas do you enjoy?