I have been craving a really character-rich novel lately and this new book review of Come November by Scott Lord definitely delivered! Though, admittedly, I do enjoy a good smutty romance with a flat story line, sometimes I just need more. With this book’s multiple narration and nonlinear timeline, it held my interest and kept me reading, easily without getting bored.
It’s 2003, and at 73 years old, Jeanne receives an email from her first love, John. Weary about responding to his message because of the hurt John had brought onto her in the past, she lets the email sit in her inbox while she considers. Meanwhile, Jeanne receives unfortunate news from the doctor, which she takes to mean she needs to live her life to the fullest while she still has the ability. Jeanne travels with her family to Italy, where John resides, to discuss their past and a potential book deal regarding a fateful night they both experienced while visiting New York City as young journalists.
In 1948, John and Jeanne met while Jeanne was on a field trip during her senior year of high school. John was a young journalist who joined the seniors on their journey to New York City to witness a vote within the United Nations. Before the UN assembly, John caught wind of a headline story he knew he had to land to launch his journalism career. With John’s career his priority, Jeanne ultimately became second, and life continued.
Now, Jeanne and John are reunited in Italy and are working through their misunderstandings. Their story is one of heartache and redemption, and it is up to only them to see if they can work beyond the past and make the most of the life they have left.
Come November by Scott Lord is a great book! From the complex characters to the detailed storyline, I felt like I was alongside John and Jeanne throughout their journey in NYC. The dual timelines and dual POV kept me hanging on throughout their story.
I will say I was a bit disappointed with this book’s “mystery/thriller” aspect, as advertised. It was historical fiction, but there needed to be more action or twists and turns to consider it a thriller. Of the book as a whole, I enjoyed the 1948 story line much more than the 2003 story. The 1948 story was full of hope and desire and left us wanting more. The 2003 story seemed disconnected and needed a strong protagonist.
This book was such a touching story with so many beautiful moments. Though the climax fell flat for me, I adored this book overall. Ultimately, the message is one of love, and that’s what life is all about.
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC of Come November by Scott Lord. I accepted this ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased book review.
This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.