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  • Reanne Powell

Famous for a Living by Melissa Ferguson

This book was wonderful. Melissa Ferguson has been a fan favorite for the past few years, so I was excited to get an advanced copy of her upcoming book. (Releasing May 2023)

Cat Cranwall is a famous influencer who finds herself needing to get away from the city, and takes a temporary job with her uncle in Montana. She ends up as the social media coordinator for a small, backwoods national park that desperately needs a boost in numbers. With a handsome, bearded park ranger and a loveable cast of side-characters, Cat is forced to reconsider what her priorities are and how to do what she loves without letting it consume her.

This book reminds me why fiction is important. A good story has the ability to present hard truths in a way that breaks down our defences and allows us to see our own struggles in a new light. Melissa Ferguson tackles the tough subject of social media, and presents it's joys and pitfalls in a very real and authentic way.

It definitely leans more towards the women's fiction genre, as the romance is light and not the main focus.

If you're looking for a clean read with humor and depth, you won't want to miss this one. (Also, the cover is adorable 😍)

Preorder this one through your favourite bookstore or online:

Canada: Paperback - Kindle - Audio


Overall: 4.5/5

Age: 15+

Romance level: 1.5/5


From the back cover:

She’s Insta-famous. He uses a flip phone.

When her business partner is accused of serious financial crimes, superstar influencer Cat Cranwell—an engineered marvel of beauty, energy, and fun—falls from her penthouse perch. Des­perate to get away from the online trolls and paparazzi docu­menting her disgrace, Cat accepts her uncle’s offer to work with him in Kannery National Park, Montana. About as far as possible from life as she’s known it.

Cat’s world shifts from the swirling haze of likes and comments to lit­eral blizzards of frostbite temperatures and waist-deep snow. In place of negotiating brand deals, she finds herself negotiating at the ledge of a frozen lake with her die-hard Polar Bear Plunge coworkers. Instead of padding through the marble kitchen of her Manhattan loft, she’s sharing a tent-sized cabin with a roommate eager to bond like characters in sitcoms. But something curious is also happening in this overwhelming breath of fresh air as she reacquaints with the most honest parts of her­self and begins to ask the hard questions. Can Cat love herself with, and without, the world watching?

Then there’s that other tiny problem—she’s falling for Zaiah, the ruggedly handsome park ranger—and he hates anything remotely connected to social media, quite possibly her included.

Written with bestselling author Melissa Ferguson’s signature wit and charm, this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of opposites attract is full of hilarious romp and a romance that will melt listeners’ hearts.


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