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Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn

Georgie, All Along

by Kate Clayborn

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A love letter to anyone who’s struggled to find their way, this is a swoon-worthy reminder to always bet on yourself.

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Longtime personal assistant Georgie Mulcahy has made a career out of putting others before herself. When an unexpected upheaval sends her away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, Georgie must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page.

But then Georgie comes across a forgotten artifact—a “friendfic” diary she wrote as a teenager, filled with possibilities she once imagined. To an overwhelmed Georgie, the diary’s simple, small-scale ideas are a lifeline—a guidebook for getting started on a new path.

Georgie’s plans hit a snag when she comes face to face with an unexpected roommate—Levi Fanning, onetime town troublemaker and current town hermit. But this quiet, grouchy man is more than just his reputation, and he offers to help Georgie with her quest. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side—if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back.

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Georgie, All Along

Chapter 1


Well, well, well.

If it isn’t yet another reinvention.

From the sweat-damp bucket seat of my old Prius, I stare in disbelief out my windshield at a storefront I hardly recognize. The last time I came to Nickel’s Market and Deli, the red-orange sign above the door had read “N el’s M et & D i” and the front window had been haphazardly adorned with white posterboard signs, each crookedly hung rectangle bearing a red-markered message about the week’s sales on six-packs or pork rinds or paper towels.

In fact, that isn’t just what it looked like the last time I came here.

That’s what it looked like every time I came here. All throughout my childhood, all throughout my adolescence.

But Nickel’s now is a different story, clearly—its once-dingy brick façade charmingly whitewashed, its new sign artfully vintage-looking and hung perfectly straight above the sparkling-clean front window. Instead of posterboard signs, there’s an Instagram-worthy display of seagrass baskets, each filled with fresh produce and rustic-looking loaves of bread, Mason jars full of jewel-toned preserves and jams.

“What the heck,” I mutter to myself, even though I shouldn’t be surprised. For months, it’s exactly this sort of thing that Bel has been banging on about—the various transformations in our once-unremarkable, slightly shabby hometown of Darentville, Virginia. The shops, the tourism, the redevelopment of land along the river—they’ve all drawn my best friend back here for her own brand of reinvention: city to small town, childfree to mom-to-be, in-the-office workaholic to remote-work part-time consultant.

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Why I love it

As a Kate Clayborn mega fan, I found myself in the enviable position of reading Georgie, All Along as it was being crafted. Kate is a preternaturally gifted writer who strings together some of the most beautiful sentences in romance today, and this is her most playful, ambitious book yet. I have been waiting impatiently for over a year to sing its praises!

When Georgie Mulcahy finds herself suddenly unemployed, she is a mess. And while she might finally have an opportunity to chase her dreams, she doesn’t know what those are, exactly. Back in her hometown she’s met with constant reminders of her childhood reputation as a flaky ne’er-do-well, which she fears, deep down, she really is.

Then Georgie finds her old ‘friendfic’ notebook full of dreams drafted with her childhood best friend. She hopes to find direction by retracing her teenage steps to remember what once inspired her. Georgie recruits an unlikely ally in town hermit and unexpected hot roomie, Levi Fanning (strong contender for Best Book Boyfriend of 2023). In fact, every character rises vibrantly from these pages, inviting readers into this charming but complicated town, where Georgie, with Levi at her side, discovers the grit and love she’s carried inside all along.

This book perfectly captures what I love about romance—the heat, humor, wisdom, friendships, and sweet satisfaction of “happily ever after”—and it’s hard to find words to do it justice. But one thing is for certain: Georgie, All Along is the book I’ll recommend above all others in 2023.

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Member ratings (19,874)

  • Tina P.

    Canonsburg , PA

    This is the perfect love story book! The characters are relatable and you are definitely cheering them on. Fairly predictable but great overall story. Would make the best Hallmark movie! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Meagan M.

    Davenport, IA

    I loved everything about this book. Georgie, Levi and Hank I love you all. ✨ I absolutely loved reading Georgie find her way and Levi and she are such a sweet story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ would recommend!

  • Emily A.

    Everett, WA

    A grown-up romcom. It didn’t deal with the typical “this wouldn’t actually be a problem if you were real adults who knew how to communicate” which I appreciated immensely. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Gina O.

    Jackson, CA

    I loved this book❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. The plot of this story is probably in a 1000 books but this one really touched my heart. Tears were shed. There is something so special about Georgie and Levi.

  • Ghelie T.

    Honokaa, HI

    I love Georgie and Levi’s chemistry. The romance makes the reader fall in love with the character every turn of the page. And their support and their encouragement for each other, 10/10!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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