When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski is a fun rom-com that had me laughing, smiling, and just generally happy while reading! This is a debut work, and I was delighted with the quality of the story! I am excited to see what Dembowski writes next!
After college graduation, Hannah and Will created a marriage pact that when they were 30, if they were both unmarried, they would marry each other. Well, Hannah has turned thirty, and Will shows up to honor that promise after some pretty major work issues.
The characters were a highlight for me in this story! Hannah and Will felt so real. Dembowski wrote these characters with little additional details that really filled out who they were, and made them people that you get to know and want to continue to read about.
The romance between the two was another well-written part of the story. Because it’s a pact between the two of them, neither was looking for love, and so watching the two of them start to fall for each other was lovely.
Overall, I think this was a fun, light romance that readers will enjoy!
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Two friends. One pact. The performance of their lives.
Hannah Abbott is stuck in a dead-end relationship and at a job she loves but that barely pays the bills. The four walls of her tiny New York City apartment have never seemed so small. She’s barely toasted her thirtieth birthday when her old college friend Will knocks on her door with an unexpected proposal.
Will Thorne never forgot the marriage pact he made with Hannah, but he also never imagined he’d be the one to initiate it. One ex-fiancée and an almost-career-ending mistake later, however, he finds himself outside Hannah’s door, on bended knee, to collect on their graduation-night pinky promise.
With both of their futures at stake, Hannah and Will take a leap of faith.
Now, all they have to do is convince their friends and family that they’re madly in love. As long as they follow the list of rules they’ve drafted, everything should go smoothly. Except Will has never been good with rules, and Hannah can’t stop overthinking the sleeping arrangements. Turning thirty has never been so promising.
Just the Facts:
When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski
Page Count: 297 pages
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Pub Date: April 27, 2021
Casey Dembowski loves to write stories that focus on the intricacies of relationships–whether they be romantic, familial, or friendship. Her novels focus on the inner workings of women and how everything in their lives leads them to exactly where they are, whether they like it or not.
The first story Casey remembers writing was in the second grade, though it wasn’t until she turned twelve that she started carrying a battered composition notebook everywhere she went. Since then, there hasn’t been a time when she isn’t writing.
Casey lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and their two cats. She has an MFA in Fiction from Adelphi University, and currently works in corporate marketing communications. In her (limited) spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and watching her favorite television shows on repeat.
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.