Synopsis from Goodreads
In Green Valley, Tennessee everybody knows everybody, but nobody knows Sabrina Logan.
Sabrina has been hiding in plain sight for years. Living her life inside of books, dutifully helping her family, and hoping no one will notice her. So far? Mission accomplished!
Yet when sexy—and distrustful—sheriff, Wyatt Monroe returns to town with his daughters, he definitely notices the quiet librarian everyone else overlooks. The single dad can’t seem to shake thoughts of shy Sabrina. Without quite understanding the impulse, Wyatt makes his mission finding her again, so he can . . . well, he’ll just have to reckon with that later.
What Wyatt discovers is a woman who trusts too easily, but who’s afraid to live. Trust doesn’t come easily to Wyatt. But living? That’s never been a problem.
And he’d sure like to show her how.
‘Crime and Periodicals’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #2 in the Green Valley Library series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
I adored Crime and Periodicals, the story focuses on character development and not being afraid to chase your dreams. Everything happens for a reason and the lessons we take from events in our lives shape our identity leading us to become the person we were meant to be.
While Wyatt plays an integral part in the story and aids in Sabrina’s metamorphosis, Crime and Periodicals is essentially Sabrina’s story.
Sabrina has been struggling with social anxiety for a long time but it was exasperated by her older sisters untimely death. Falling into an ever-deepening spiral of isolation and anxiety, Sabrina has lost herself, barely going through the motions of living while attempting to care for her late sister’s children.
Nora Everly is a new to me author, her writing was a delight to read, three-dimensional characters alongside contemporary issues dealt with sensitivity and empathy.
I particularly liked the way in which Nora dealt with the subject of Autism within the narrative. Although every individual with autism will be different, Crime and Periodicals illustrated how accepting children are of one another. Intolerance and bias are learnt behaviour and a poor reflection of today’s society.
Both Wyatt and Sabrina have emotional issues concerning relationships due to their previous experiences. However, the connection between them is one which strengthens each of them as individuals by providing a strong foundation with which they are able to build each other up atop.
I loved the cameo appearances from the Pennyverse within Crime and Periodicals especially Sabrina’s niece, Ruby’s connection to Cletus 😂😍