This book was my May Book of the Month pick. I had seen it had fairly good reviews on Goodreads, and it seemed pretty popular on bookstagram, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve never read any books by Jimenez, but I appreciated her style of writing, and of course, her Disney references.
“Part of Your World” begins with Alexis Montgomery’s point of view. Alexis is considered a princess in the long line of Montgomery surgeons. Because she is pursuing emergency medicine, her emotionally abusive father is disappointed in the path she has chosen, despite her brilliance in the field.
The book begins when Alexis is stuck in her car after swerving off-road to avoid an animal in a sleepy, forest-surrounded village. She is on the phone with her best friend Briana when a handsome stranger stops to help her. Enter Daniel Grant, a sensitive, ruggedly handsome man who just so happens to be the town mayor. The only problem is he is nearly 10 years younger than Alexis. Actually, there is more than one problem with this relationship (in Alexis’s mind). With how uppity her family is, she knows that Daniel can’t be part of her life, yet she can’t stay away from him.
My Verdict: “Part of Your World” – 4 Stars
This book touches on domestic violence and psychological abuse, but such hard-hitting topics are balanced out with the magic of the town and the growing love between Alexis and Daniel. I’ve got to say, I was disappointed that they decided to sleep together the first night they met. Their banter was so cute, and Alexis told Daniel they weren’t going to have sex. However, Daniel really grew on me, and I actually liked him much more than Alexis. I liked how the author described their easy way of talking to each other, and how they shared the same humor. Towards the last quarter of the book, things really started picking up, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished.
The only reason I am not giving a 5 star rating for this novel is because I thought Alexis’s thought process on why she couldn’t be with Daniel was downright annoying. It was the same thing over and over again, and it got to a point where I preferred reading Daniel’s side of things. I also thought because Alexis is an ER doctor, it seemed a bit unrealistic for her to have weekends totally free. Other than that, I thought this book was really cute with a satisfying ending.
If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought of it. If you’re still on the fence, here are some books that might be similar: Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult and People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.
As always, thanks so much for reading!