Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I should encourage you to read Louise Bay’s newest romance, Mr. Smithfield because its central message is one that seems relevant and necessary for our world today: that life is best lived when we accept that the good times in life are made better through our trials.
You should read it because her hero, Gabriel’s message about wanting to correct the wrongs of his upbringing through a carefully constructed life that doesn’t quite match reality is a profound idea.
You should also read it because her heroine, Autumn’s journey entails expecting the worst from life and being surprised when she finds the blessings of it.
I should also say that Bay’s intricate weaving of the rain with the sunshine metaphor throughout her story manifests her overall message beautifully, reminding you that she is an expert storyteller who keenly attaches her story to your feelings.
I should also recommend you read Mr. Smithfield because Bay writes some steamy romance in general, but add in an older, broody hero and a younger, insightful heroine together, and you’ll find some explosive chemistry as Gabriel and Autumn fight their attraction before falling prey to its hold.
I should be telling you that you should read this book because the coven of male friends (coined by Beck’s wife, Stella) provides the backbone of Mr. Smithfield and its predecessors. As they jibe and joke with each other, they also provide each other with the seminal wisdom that allows them to fall deeply in love with their heroines. I adore Tristan, Joshua, Andrew, Beck, Gabriel, and Dex together. Through three books, I’ve loved the community of these men as they encourage and support each other through their work and romantic challenges. Bay also allows their group to be the levity of her stories.
But, honestly, beyond the romantic journey of Gabriel and Autumn, which is quite lovely, what I loved the most, what attached itself distinctly to me as I read Mr. Smithfield, is my craving for travel. It’s such a small portion of Autumn’s story, but this book makes me want to travel again. Having traveled to Europe for the first time two summers ago, on reading this book, I found myself back in London, back in Paris, back in Rome, and I missed it deeply. Feeling those feelings along with the developed attachment to Gabriel and Autumn’s story made this book of the three my favorite. That nostalgia coupled with the spirit of Bay’s hero and heroine reminds you why you can’t help but read her stories.
Every time I think she can’t outdo herself, Louise Bay does it every time. Mr. Smithfield is another example of why you should have read her booklist, joined her Facebook group, and downloaded Mr. Smithfield today. Gabriel and Autumn’s journey is a special one because it’s a reminder that the trials of today will only make the sun shine brighter tomorrow.
In love and romance,