Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake
Published: November 22, 2022
Paperback, 400 pages
(Thanks to Netgalley & Berkeley Publishing Group, I received an eARC)
GOODREADS RATING: 4/5 STARS
An interior designer learns to rebuild her love life from the ground up with zero blueprints 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’s just driven. When Pru Everwood asks her to be the designer for the Everwood Inn’s renovation that will be broadcasted on a popular home improvement show, Innside America, Astrid knows this is the answer to everything that is wrong with her life. It’ll be the perfect distraction from her failed love life, and her perpetually displeased mother might finally give her nod of approval.
However, Astrid never planned on Jordan Everwood, Pru’s granddaughter and lead carpenter for the inn’s 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 a little light sabotage, ruffling Astrid’s perfect little feathers, the showrunners ask them to play up the tension. But somewhere along the way, their dislike for each other turns 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 she wants?
This is the first adult book I’ve read by this author, I previously read one of their young adult novels and loved it. I read this one before the technical first in this series, and do see that I was spoiled with the previous relationship, but still feel like I got everything I needed. I love that they each could be read as a stand alone.
Astrid was one of the most determined character I’ve read about in a long time. I loved her go get ’em spirit and how she makes things work in her favor. I loved Jordan in every aspect, she was so relatable and fun to read about. I thought their relationship was pretty realistic and enjoyed the bit of a roller coaster ride we were taken on.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, but maybe I would suggest reading the first in the series first if you’d like to get the most out of it. I just thought this while book was so relatable and realistic.