Kelly Grace Pickens is an excited bride until she’s abandoned at the altar. Desperate, she accepts an offer to appear on a reality TV show, Count Down to Love. Her country ways are a stark contrast to the mysterious bachelor from New York. Wading through hurt and betrayal both on and off-screen, Kelly discovers that being true to yourself is essential to finding happiness and love.
Bubby: We haven’t done a Friday Favorite in some time, but when we rediscovered this gem from 2011, we had to feature it. Count Down to Love is full of tiny details that just make the book come alive. Take the name of our heroine – Kelly Grace Pickens. What an absolutely fantastic name for an aspiring country singer! I can just picture her in my mind, sitting on a fence in her fashionably ripped blue jeans and plaid shirt strumming her guitar. Can’t you?
Sissy: On the face of it, this seems like a very formulaic rom-com. You know that our heroine is going to end up with hunky bachelor Dillon. You can guess that the ex-fiance’ will turn up at some point and perform despicable acts of jerktasticness. You will think it probable that there might be snarky vixens populating the “Bachelor”-like show. But if you then surmise that Count Down to Love will be too predictable and boring to be worth the read, you would be wrong, my wrongly thinking readers–wrong!
Bubby: I completely agree. There are only so many ways to write a story and if one is going to end up in happily-ever-aftersville (which is what I want!) then there are only so many ways to go about it.
Sissy: Yes! When Sandra Bullock takes to the screen in a romantic comedy with “insert-favorite-leading-man-here”, you KNOW that it’s going to turn out well for them in the end. You just know! You also know that there’s going to be some kind of angsty wrench in the cogs to drive the story, but you don’t know what that’s going to be. And you don’t know when you’re going to have a laugh out loud moment or have your belly tingle and your toes curl up at some delicious romantic moment. The way that Julie N. Ford constructs the story is what makes it enjoyable. Plus, Kelly and Dillon are extremely likable.
Bubby: I must admit that I’ve watched my share of Bachelor/Bachelorette episodes. Shameful, I know, but I’m a sucker for romance. Count Down to Love is so much fun in the way it goes behind the scenes of a Bachelor-type show and lets us in on all the little juicy details. It’s like being an insider! A perfect weekend read.
Sissy: I hate the Bachelor/Bachelorette. I find them stupid and contrived. Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford shows us exactly what vile ratings trolls the producers of these shows really are. I read this book on a warm spring day in my comfiest chair whilst smelling my lilacs through the open window. Nobody was home and bugging me and I absolutely enjoyed it to the fullest.
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