Thank you to Gallery Books and Valentine PR for the gifted copy of To Sir, With Love
You’ve Got Mail is one of my all-time favorite movies – when Valentine PR reached out to me about To Sir, With Love and described it as a mix of Love is Blind and You’ve Got Mail, I was sold. Let me tell you: this was my first Lauren Layne book, and it certainly won’t be my last.
Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.
Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.
But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.
I can’t get over how freaking cute this book was. It was a really lovely take on the concept from You’ve Got Mail – it was clear that the author revered the movie and wanted to do it justice. She brought the story into the modern day by using an anonymous dating app in lieu of emails. The samples of dating app messages balanced nicely with the rest of the story – there was just enough of them to establish Sebastian and Gracie’s online relationship and contrast it with their real life one. Overall, this was a quick read, and it would definitely be hard to not get hooked and read in a single setting.
I really enjoyed the in-person relationship between Gracie and Sebastian – even though they were business rivals, they were never over the top antagonistic towards each other – they had their spats but they both were fairly emotionally mature. Online, however, they had sparks flying right off the bat. I loved how slow burn their relationship was – by the time they finally got together / had their happily ever after, their chemistry was off the charts, and it felt like they had really earned their happy ending.
If you love enemies to lovers, you should be picking up a copy of To Sir, With Love ASAP. It’s adorable and sweet and wonderfully written – best paired with a good champagne. You should check out if you enjoyed You’ve Got Mail, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, or Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey. 5/5