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Book Review: The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth.

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Publication Date: June 9th 2020


Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.

But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms. Read More. 


My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The bookish Gods heard my prayers and sent me the f/f romcom book of my dreams in the shape of The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth and I am eternally grateful.

Saoirse doesn’t believe in true love or soulmates, especially since her mother was diagnosed with early on set dementia, a condition she herself could one day inherit. Then she meets Ruby who somehow convinces Saoirse to break her own rules and re-create the perfect rom-com moments from her favourite movies.

I loved this book so much!!

The romcom elements were so much fun. Seeing the author dissect the plots of classics and even mention newer films such as Love, Simon and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and have Ruby and Saoirse act them out and recreate them was an aspect I really liked.

Ruby and Saoirse themselves had a great romance. Saoirse was so sarcastic and blunt. Ruby was an adorable ball of mischief. They worked really well together and I shipped.

I also really liked the other relationship dynamics throughout this. There’s a budding bromance between Saoirse and Oliver, Ruby’s cousin. They were total frenemies who always ended up drinking together at parties and watched rom-coms together. I adored their friendship and the chapters between these two were fun to read.

And the dynamic between Saoirse and her new soon-to-be stepmother was really interesting. I love reading about stepparent/stepchildren dynamics and relationships and this was no different.

I feel like some people may be disappointed with the ending of this book. Things aren’t exactly tied up into neat and tiny bows but the progression of the story felt real and natural.

Overall I loved this book with my whole heart. I’ve been wanting to read more fun and light-hearted f/f books for along time and this was everything I wanted and more.

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