**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**
Title Keep My Heart in San Fransisco
Author Amelia Diane Coombs
Description from Amazon
Caroline “Chuck” Wilson has big plans for spring break—hit up estate sales to score vintage fashion finds and tour the fashion school she dreams of attending. But her dad wrecks those plans when he asks her to spend vacation working the counter at Bigmouth’s Bowl, her family’s failing bowling alley. Making things astronomically worse, Chuck finds out her dad is way behind on back rent—meaning they might be losing Bigmouth’s, the only thing keeping Chuck’s family in San Francisco.
And the one person other than Chuck who wants to do anything about it? Beckett Porter, her annoyingly attractive ex-best friend.
So when Beckett propositions Chuck with a plan to make serious cash infiltrating the Bay Area action bowling scene, she accepts. But she can’t shake the nagging feeling that she’s acting irrational—too much like her mother for comfort. Plus, despite her best efforts to keep things strictly business, Beckett’s charm is winning her back over…in ways that go beyond friendship.
If Chuck fails, Bigmouth’s Bowl and their San Francisco legacy are gone forever. But if she succeeds, she might just get everything she ever wanted.
Release Date July 14, 2020
I was super excited to grab an e-ARC of this book. I love bowling and it’s definitely a family sport for my relatives. The cover is super cute and I am really trying to read more contemporary books this year so this seemed like a win-win.
Some Things I Liked
- Enemies to lovers but also best friends to lovers tropes. I thought the blend of these two tropes was really well done. Beck and Chuck used to be best friends but after a rift forms between the two, they became enemies, at least they did in Chuck’s mind. I really enjoyed how these tropes flowed from one to the other.
- Mental health representation. I loved that this book had healthy conversations about mental health as a theme. As a person who has suffered with depression at a young age, this was a book that I really could have used back then. I am so glad to see the stigma of mental health issues is starting to lift and literature and characters that promote healthy actions and conversations are becoming more commonplace.
- Bowling as a theme. I also loved that a lesser known sport was featured in this book. Most people casually bowl around once or twice a year, if that, but for Chuck and her family, bowling was their whole life. It was such a cool concept and I really enjoyed it.
While I’d like to read more about Chuck and Beck, I think their story is complete. We really didn’t meet too many other characters that could hold their own in spin-off stories so this world and story feel complete for me.
However, I will be on the lookout for more of Amelia Diane Coombs’s books. This was a great debut and I can’t wait to see more.
I really loved this book. I would have read it all in one sitting if not for the fact that it was 1:30 AM when I was only halfway finished. I had to save the second half for the next day. This was a book I wish I had read 10 years ago, because I really could have used it. But, I’m so glad it’s around now.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – if you liked the themes of enemies to lovers and family businesses, try this stand alone by Emma Lord.
- More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn – if you liked the family business aspect as well as characters who want to break out on their own, try this new release (came out earlier this week).