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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
We are introduced to the heroine, Anna-Kate, on possibly the worst day of her young life. After receiving a brief but to the point text ending a four-year relationship, Anna-Kate feels dejected, even though she knew Jared wasn’t the man for her. Sarahbeth Caplin describes the borderline abusive relationship she shared with Jared, making one wonder why on earth would you waste so many tears and heartache on scum like that. Nevertheless, as Public Displays of Convention gets going, Anna-Kate does pick herself up and wipes the proverbial dust from her person, taking a job at a book store with more staff than business warrants, but how else can we gather all of these great characters in one convenient location?
At first glance, it’s easy to chalk Public Displays of Convention up to your typical romance with a codependent female, but Sarahbeth Caplin’s story is more than that. Sure, Anna-Kate, or AK-47 as Collin calls her after an unfortunate bull-dozing incident, was devastated over the end of an unhealthy relationship, but she learned that being single isn’t a death sentence. Without the crutch of her best friend Tess and scumbag ex, Anna-Kate is forced to live her life as she wants, which requires her to actually figure out what it is she wants. I loved that AK actually grew as a woman and acknowledged some hard truths about herself and her role in her relationship with Jared. It is true that we must all tread our own paths to happiness and it was refreshing and witty to see the gang at the Book Nook stumble through different paths until finding the one with the fewest potholes.
Caplin’s story was witty and fun and the cast of characters to help Anna-Kate on her journey were fantastic. Whether you’re going through a breakup or in your own happily ever after, this is a story that will touch your heart!