This was a lucky find! Currently free on Amazon, Lovestruck in London by Rachel Schurig is a gateway book into the rest of her series. [goodreads review]
Lizzie Medina has always wanted to go to London, so when an opportunity to study Literature there comes up, she takes it. Her and her best friend fly the miles, eat the food, and live in a quaint apartment over an Italian restaurant. Lizzie is a good girl, following her parent’s wishes, studying hard, and even though they didn’t want her venturing off to London she stands strong. But when Lizzie meets Thomas her family starts to worry. Who is the actor, how serious is their relationship, and they begin to count down the time until her session is over and she’s back home. Lizzie must decide what she’d rather have, her quiet Michigan life as a teacher, or something more… perhaps in London?
Lovestruck in London is well written, with fluid writing and believable characters. Lizzie is the classic good girl who quickly gets swept up and lost in a new romance. Thomas is an actor and the spotlight on his relationship with Lizzie could be their downfall, but Thomas isn’t like other actors and fame is not why he’s in the business. Their romance was real and enjoyable to read with ups and downs, and even a few sideways steps. I found myself laughing with them and then crying with them minutes later. Their interaction with each other and their friends and family helped to further their character growth and very little of the book was fluff, everything had a purpose.
The history about London and the description of the multiple landmarks that Lizzie visited gave the book another step toward believability and grounded the romance in reality. Even when Lizzie and Thomas had their romantic struggles they were over real issues. The supporting characters were all accounted for, the witty best friend, the catty vixen, and even the jealous classmates. If you could think it, Lizzie encountered it, but not in a way that had the reader all over the place trying to keep minute details straight, it all flowed together into one enjoyable package.