This charming story of an unlikely small-town romance will have you swooning and firmly reassured love can conquer all.
Good to know
After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?
Part of Your World
Moths fluttered in my headlights over the long grass of the ditch. I was still clutching the wheel, my heart pounding.
I’d swerved to miss a raccoon in the fog and careened into a shallow embankment on the side of the road. I was okay. Shaken, but okay.
I tried putting the car in reverse, and my tires spun uselessly. Probably mud. Ugh. I should have bought the SUV instead of the sedan.
I turned off the engine, put on the hazards, and called roadside assistance. They told me it’d be an hour wait.
Perfect. Just perfect.
I was still a two-hour drive from home, stuck on some lonely stretch between the funeral home I’d just left in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and my house in Minneapolis. I was starving, I had to use the bathroom, and I was in shapewear. Basically the grand finale to the worst week ever.
I called my best friend, Bri. She answered on the first ring. “So? How was hell week?”
“Well, I can tell you how it ended,” I said, reclining my seat. “I just drove my car into a ditch.”
“Ouch. Are you okay?”
“Did you call a tow truck?”
“I did. An hour wait. And I’m in Spanx.”
She sucked air through her teeth. “Satan’s underwear? You didn’t change before you left? You must have run out of there like you were being chased. Where are you?” she asked.
I peered out the windshield. “I have no idea. Literally the middle of nowhere. I don’t even see streetlamps.”
“Did you mess up your car?”
“I don’t know,” I said. “I haven’t had a chance to get out to check. I don’t think so.” I shifted uncomfortably in my seat. “You know what? Hold on. I’m taking these off.”
Why I love it
Author, Love on the Brain
Sometimes, fate is a raccoon. Not something I ever thought I’d say, but Abby Jimenez’s beautiful writing has me believing it. I’ve loved this author ever since her debut, but Part of Your World is her best book yet.
Maybe it’s because of the relatable characters: Alexis, the big-city physician who swerves to avoid fate (i.e., our beloved raccoon), and Daniel, the small-town carpenter/innkeeper/mayor who tows her out of a ditch. Maybe it’s the magical, whimsical setting of Wakan, a fictional place that feels like the delightful combination of a Disney amusement park and Schitt’s Creek. Maybe it’s the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching, always scene-stealing extended cast that has me hoping for lots and lots of sequels. Or perhaps it’s just Abby Jimenez’s talent for layering complex, realistic themes with the sweetest of romances. Because at its core, Part of Your World is the perfect love story that made me swoon, sigh, cheer, and even cry a little. Yes, Daniel and Alexis come from drastically different backgrounds, live in opposite worlds, and on paper, they shouldn’t work out. But between spaghetti dinners and dragonflies, night feedings of baby goats, and nods to fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast and The Princess Bride, my heart exploded with joy that these two found each other (thanks, raccoon)!
Abby Jimenez’s words are like fairy dust, and in the two days I spent reading this book they sprinkled humor and warmth all over my life. Pick up Part of Your World if you’re looking for an uplifting, feel-good, romantic read—and for a beautiful reminder that we should always try to live the life that makes us the happiest.
Member ratings (30,426)
I can’t give it enough stars! I laughed so hard I cried. I got so sad I cried. The supporting characters are ???? & there are some sexy steamy scenes. Think Hallmark movie on steriods! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
New Braunfels, TX
Ugh Abby Jimenez does it again!! I absolutely adore her storytelling. I always get so wrapped up with the characters and stories, my heart breaks where theirs do and elates when it turns around❤️❤️❤️
Such a great read! Not my usual genre but I would read another one by Abby Jimenez in a heartbeat. I loved Daniel and Alexis! Both characters were perfectly written. I did not want it to end! ❤️❤️❤️
❤️ this book! Alexis and Daniel are so likable! From their first meeting, it's magnetic and magical. Both have family legacies to consider and navigate. Great growth and secondary characters! ✨️❤️
Read in a day, could not put this down. The ultimate love story- 2 ppl who are destined to be together & make each other better people. The abuse narrative is desperately needed in books too. ????????????????