Text in Show

Romance - Comedy
278 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

When a veterinarian gets the wrong idea about a charming sociologist, everything goes to the dogs in the romantic comedy, Text In Show by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers. Autumn Jones has been going to college for almost a decade, but she has finally decided what she wants to do with her life. She wants to be a professor of sociology. However, that requires that she go to school a little longer. When her sister Helen offers her a place in her Manhattan home in return for coordinating a prestigious dog show, Autumn accepts. Having free rent in New York City while attending Columbia University will make Autumn's life much easier. Fending for herself on her first night in Helen's home, Autumn inadvertently poisons Helen's poodle. Rushing the dog to the nearest veterinarian office, Autumn makes an impression on the gorgeous, desirable, and single Dr. Jack Campbell. Unfortunately, when Autumn learns he believes she is essentially a high-paid prostitute, she is furious. Helen insists Autumn obtain Jack's services for the Show, and things become complicated for Autumn. Helen's marriage is in trouble, and Jack is giving her mixed signals. Can they all put their differences aside and finish the dog show?

Funny and romantic, Text In Show by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers is a brilliant chick-lit novel. With engaging characters, an absorbing plot, and a humorous storyline, reading it is a most delightful way to spend a sunny afternoon. Not only is it an amusing story that has laugh-out-loud moments, but it also contains an element of empowerment. I appreciated how Autumn, her parents, and Jack dealt with Helen and her heartrending situation. It is a captivating story that promises to charm and entertain everyone who loves romantic comedy with a slice of reality.

Debjani Ghosh

After spending seven years at college, Autumn is unemployed. She can either work in her father’s store or stay with her sister, Helen, in New York to help her manage a crazy dog show. In turn, Helen will help her meet a professor from Columbia University where she wants to pursue her doctoral studies. Sounds like an easy choice? Nope, because Autumn can barely recognize her sister. She is now a snooty, rich woman who must uphold her status at all costs. Enter Jack Campbell, the veterinarian whom the women in Manhattan’s elite club love to visit (and ogle at). But Jack has eyes only for their over-pampered, spoilt four-legged companions. When he meets Autumn, he assumes she is one of those women. Can Autumn pull off a successful dog show, achieve her dreams, and find love in the process? Read Text in Show by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers to find out.

I found Text in Show to be a sweet, clean romance. It was a hilarious ride throughout, and I had a great time reading it. I loved both Jack and Autumn. Their sizzling chemistry jumped off the pages and their witty banter had me in stitches most of the time. A series of misunderstandings threaten to destroy the budding romance between Autumn and Jack. It was fun reading how they persevered to clear them. I liked how the authors portray the situations which forced Helen to sacrifice her dreams and eventually her identity. I liked her metamorphosis from a successful surgeon's social-ladder-climbing wife to a woman who is not afraid to go after her dreams. I
also loved Autumn's parents who want the best for their daughters but are a little overbearing. Their dialogs too add humor to the story. Moreover, Text in Show is full of haughty characters (cue the rich wives of the Manhattan elite). You can't help but roll your eyes at them. Overall, Text in Show is engaging from start till finish. Highly recommended for lovers of contemporary romance.

Jennifer Ibiam

Text in Show by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers is a rom-com novel that will appeal to everyone. Small town girl Autumn needed to put her life in order. She moved to her sister’s place in New York. The reality of New York hit her hard because she was exposed to a life she couldn’t fathom. Her sister, Helen, was even alien to her. A chance meeting with Dr. Jack moved her life into another dimension. Jack was the veterinary doctor for the spoilt pets of the city, owned by bored wives and arm candies. He had sworn not to have any romantic relations with these women. But Autumn showed up, there was a case of mistaken identity, and rules and family bonds were threatened. They will all realize that no man is an island.

Text in Show by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers was fun to read and loaded with lessons. The plot was thorough and had depth, approaching the story from three dimensions–-family, perceptions, and self-discovery. All the characters were properly developed and relatable. Their antics were our reality, where many of us hide our pain behind smiles and luxuries that we probably struggle to afford. In other situations, we judge people by our experiences or uninformed perceptions, making us lose great relationships. Also, how much will we sacrifice for the sake of love, and where do we draw the line? This was a well-rounded novel with free-flowing dialogues and a beautiful writing style. I loved it and I hope Whitney and Melanie write more.