Just Do It
by Maxine Morrey
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Pub Date 18 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 18 Jan 2024
Her role at the London Museum is more than a job, it’s her safe place and her passion. So when Lizzie is passed over for a chance in a lifetime opportunity in favour of her ex-boyfriend and fellow Egypt nerd Friedrich Klein, her heartbreak over their relationship pales into insignificance compared to her sadness at losing the project.
Best friend Colette thinks an evening of cocktails is just the medicine for a broken heart, and meeting dashing, charming, but very much ‘not her type’ Finn Bryson at the bar puts a smile on Lizzie’s face too. But Lizzie isn’t used to spending time outside of her comfortable world of academia and doesn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure. So when Finn’s job brings him to the museum, she’s determined to put an end to any notion of romance between them.
But what if Lizzie’s comfort zone isn’t that comfortable any more? Is it time for Lizzie to take the chance on love that fate keeps bringing her way - even if it means changing the habits of a lifetime?
‘Read yourself happy’ with Maxine Morrey’s latest feel-good, unforgettable and utterly uplifting love story, guaranteed to make you smile. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Sophie Kinsella.
Praise for Maxine Morrey:
'I absolutely love Maxine’s books - it’s so much fun to be in her world.' Portia Macintosh
'An uplifting read that stops you in your tracks and makes you wonder "....but what if?" Absorbing, funny and oh-so-romantic, I loved every page!' Rachel Burton
'A super sweet read, guaranteed to warm any winter evening' Samantha Tonge
'A lovely story that kept me turning the pages' Jules Wake
‘A stunning, perfect novel – it literally took my breath away.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars
‘A warm hug of a book.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars
What readers say about Maxine Morrey:
‘I loved it from start to finish, favourite book by far this summer ☀️ looking forward to reading more from this author.’
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‘A beautiful and heart-warming read. The characters are so incredibly well written, their stories are so real and their emotional journeys of healing past hurt and trauma are so beautifully touching. For me, I think this story is one of the best I have read in a really long time, so much so that I re-read the last few chapters over again.’
‘I'm a huge fan of Maxine Morrey's books, so shockingly this won’t be an unbiased review, it’s going to be completely and unashamedly biased and gushing about her wonderful, poignant, thought provoking stories which make me emotional but always happy by the end when I read them.’
‘Another amazing story from Maxine Morrey. So beautifully written, lovely characters, the whole Book feels like a warm hug. I couldn’t put it down!’
‘Loved this book an easy read and found it hard to put down. From a sad start to her life and bad relationship choices Fleur finally meets the love of her life. Recommend this book to anyone who likes a true romance.’
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This cover is so cute and I loved getting to read this book. I really love Morrey's writing style and will be reading more of her in the future.
Just Do It by Maxine Morrey was a true delight. Elizabeth is an archaeologist in her 30s who is solely focused on her future in academia until her world is flipped upside down by a wild night out where she meets charming and kind Finn. She’s messy and chaotic. He is organized and calm. But then her one-night fling with Finn turns from personal to professional.
Just Do It was a lovely rom com that made me laugh out loud and didn’t want it to end! 5/5 stars!
"Just Do It" is a delightful contemporary romance novel that explores the themes of stepping outside one's comfort zone and taking a chance on love. The story revolves around the protagonist, Lizzie Rose, whose passion for her role at the London Museum is only surpassed by her love for familiarity and routine. However, when Lizzie is denied a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in favor of her ex-boyfriend Friedrich Klein, her disappointment is quickly overshadowed by her determination to excel in her work. Supported by her best friend Colette, Lizzie finds solace in a night of cocktails where she encounters Finn Bryson—a man who defies her usual type but manages to bring a smile to her face. Despite her reservations about mixing business with pleasure, Lizzie embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she navigates her feelings for Finn and confronts the boundaries of her comfort zone. Morrey skillfully develops Lizzie's character, portraying her as a strong-willed yet relatable woman who is torn between her deep-rooted routines and the allure of new experiences. The author highlights Lizzie's internal struggle, capturing her conflicting emotions with finesse and authenticity. As the story unfolds, readers are drawn into Lizzie's world, feeling her apprehension and excitement as she contemplates taking a leap of faith. The chemistry between Lizzie and Finn is palpable, and Morrey weaves their developing relationship with tenderness and warmth. Despite Lizzie's initial reservations, their connection deepens as they navigate the challenges that come with blending their personal and professional lives. Morrey's writing style is engaging, capturing the reader's attention from the first page and maintaining a steady pace throughout the story. "Just Do It" is not solely a love story; it also explores the themes of personal growth and the importance of embracing change. Lizzie's journey serves as an inspiring reminder that stepping outside one's comfort zone can lead to unexpected opportunities and personal fulfillment. Morrey's vivid descriptions of London and the museum setting add depth to the narrative, immersing readers in the vibrant backdrop of Lizzie's world. Overall, Maxine Morrey's "Just Do It" is a charming and heartwarming novel that blends romance, self-discovery, and the courage to take risks. Lizzie's relatable character and the engaging plot make this book a delightful read for fans of contemporary romance. Morrey's skillful storytelling and ability to capture the complexities of human emotions make "Just Do It" a standout addition to the genre.
This book is one of the most enjoyable, lighthearted and funny books I have read in the last few days! Morrey has created a delightful book revolving around the two characters of Finn & Lizzie who are absolute opposites of each other. Also, I loved Lizzie - or Elizabeth, Finn’s preference - simply because she is so relatable. There are numerous comments, thoughts & actions from her in the book that just kept me giggling all the time (very relatable comments, thoughts, & actions)!
Lizzie is an archeologist working for a museum as curator. She spends long hours working and having her head buried in books. Academia has been her whole world with a goal of becoming lead on a dig. At the moment her ex-fiance has managed to steal away the current chance of reaching the goal. This might appear unfortunate, however it leads to meeting Finn while out with her best friend, Colette (I loved the little drops of French, plus, Colette gets to meet Finn’s best friend Greg).
Finn is a projector manager who ends up working for the museum. The book only gets better and funnier from here - the Christmas scenes ALONE are not only funny but sweet. As the story progresses both attempt to maneuver a relationship when they are so different yet so drawn to one another. Lizzie over thinks pretty much everything while Finn is more relaxed. The more time Lizzie and Finn spend together she begins to see things differently, relax more and in some ways find a different sense of self-confidence.
There are so many situations throughout the book between Lizzie and Finn and as in all relationships both differences & struggles appear at times. The road to seeing if Lizzie and Finn can maneuver those differences and struggles is the best part of reading through the book!
I truly enjoyed this book by Morrey. Once I begun reading I found it difficult to put down. I was so drawn to it & it is now on my list of favorite books. Definitely give this book a read!!!