All I needed to see when reading the synopsis for As Seen on TV was “fans of the Hallmark Channel and Gilmore Girls will adore this delightful rom-com” and I knew I needed to read this book. The Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows and I watch all of the Hallmark Christmas movies. Keep on reading to find out more about this book and what I thought!
Fans of the Hallmark Channel and Gilmore Girls will adore this delightful rom‑com about a city girl who goes in search of small-town happiness, only to discover life—and love—are nothing like the TV movies.
Emerging journalist Adina Gellar is done with dating in New York City. If she’s learned anything from made-for-TV romance movies, it’s that she’ll find love in a small town—the kind with harvest festivals, delightful but quirky characters, and scores of delectable single dudes. So when a big-city real estate magnate targets tiny Pleasant Hollow for development, Adi knows she’s found the perfect story—one that will earn her a position at a coveted online magazine, so she can finally start adulting for real . . . and maybe even find her dream man in the process.
Only Pleasant Hollow isn’t exactly “pleasant.” There’s no charming bakery, no quaint seasonal festivals, and the residents are more ambivalent than welcoming. The only upside is Finn Adams, who’s more mouthwatering than the homemade cherry pie Adi can’t seem to find—even if he does work for the company she’d hoped to bring down. Suddenly Adi has to wonder if maybe TV got it all wrong after all. But will following her heart mean losing her chance to break into the big time?
Adina hasn’t had much luck with love or with her writing career. That’s when she sees there’s a small town being targeted for development she starts thinking. How about she goes to this small town to find her happiness and maybe even help save the town? If she writes the article that can do this, she might be able to start her dream career as well.
I’m a big fan of the small town romances and movies/shows. Gilmore Girls has always made me want to live in Stars Hollow, so I was hoping Pleasant Hollow would be the same. Our main character finds out that not all small towns are what they seem and her dream article may not be what she wanted it to be. I do love that the author showed us that not all small towns are like what you see on TV. Even if we all want them to be.
I did love learning about the people who lived in town and Adina wanting to help them keep things cozy instead of turning into something its not. That’s where things got tricky, because Adina did get on my nerves at time. When the town wasn’t what she wanted she decides she should change it for her article. I mean you can’t force things to go a certain way.
The encounters with Finn were interesting and I loved him as a character. His life had him busy and certain things made relationships hard, but Adi started opening up those walls. Apparently you can find love in other places than expected. I enjoyed that their relationship wasn’t perfect from the start and they did have struggles. The article Adi ends up writing really made me smile and how it all ended as well.
If you’re looking for a fast and fun read with some Gilmore Girls references I definitely suggest picking up As Seen on TV!
So even though this didn’t live up to my expectations I did still think it was a fast and fun read. Sometimes you do find love in unexpected places. What is your favorite TV show? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.