Title: A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1)
Author: Talia Hibbert
Rating: 3/5 stars
“She’s the town pariah. He doesn’t give a damn.
In Ruth Kabbah’s world, comic books are king, silence is golden, and human contact is a pesky distraction. She doesn’t like people, which works out just fine, because the people in this small town don’t like her. The exception to that rule? Evan Miller, her way-too-charming next-door neighbour…
Ex-military man Evan is all tattooed muscle on the outside—and a big, cuddly teddy bear beneath. He’s used to coaxing prickly people from their shells, but he’s never met a woman quite like Ruth. Blunt, sarcastic, and secretly sad, she’s his exact opposite. She’s also his deepest desire.
Soon, Evan’s steady patience and smouldering smiles are melting Ruth’s reserve. But when small-town gossip from her past begins to poison her future, she’s forced to make a choice. Should she trust Evan completely? Or is her heart safest alone?
Please be aware: this book contains mentions of intimate partner violence that could trigger certain audiences.” (description from Goodreads)
Anyone who’s read my reviews before probably knows that I’m a sucker for small-town romance. But I’ve never read a small-town romance set outside of the United States. A Girl Like Her is a first for me for that, as it’s set in England. It’s also my first Talia Hibbert book, mainly because I’ve been slacking. It won’t be my last Hibbert book though. I want to continue reading this series.
What was great about this book was the diverse representation Hibbert wrote into it. The heroine, Ruth, is a woman of color who has autism. The town thinks she’s weird, she keeps to herself, and the hero doesn’t care. He’s new to town and is falling for Ruth. But is autism in your face, over-mentioned, and drilled into the reader’s head? No. Ruth is Ruth and she’s just like any other heroine. I always enjoy books where the author will write underrepresented characters, but not make a big deal about it. That’s how I feel it should be because there are many types of people out there and everyone has a story.
As for the small-town setting in England, that left me wanting a little more. While it didn’t need to be the focus in this particular book, I felt that it was lacking a little bit of the normal feel of a small-town setting. The town itself isn’t really explored until the last quarter of the book, even when the townspeople are cause for conflict throughout. It’s more in the background. That’s part of why I know I’ll be reading the other books in this series. 1) To see more of the characters introduced here, and 2) to explore this town more. It wasn’t a bad start to it, but I crave more.
This was a good book to check out. And a good start to a series. If the buzz around Hibbert is anything to go by, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed moving forward.
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About the Author:
Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people ofmarginalised identities need honest and positive representation. She also rambles intermittently about the romance genre over at Frolic Media. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.
Talia self-publishes via Nixon House and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.
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