Beverly sidesteps the need to interact with co-workers by working from home. When she must venture outside, she wears earphones so no one will bother her. Social niceties are designated to her best friend and flatmate, Ella.
Beverly would be jealous of Ella’s gregarious charm and high-life, if she didn’t have the security of her long-term boyfriend, Roland, who spared Beverly from the dating scene and gave her a future. Beverly won’t speak for herself because she has a stutter. This is how she carefully arranges her life, until Roland breaks up with her… to date Ella.
I absolutely hate writing this review. Why? Because Beverly is a well-written book and it’s clear that the author either has first-hand experience with the subject matter or has done a great amount of research into stuttering, anxiety, and programming. When we were offered the opportunity to review Beverly, I jumped at the chance. The blurb gave me just enough information to whet my appetite, and as I’ve worked with a client or two who stuttered, I was excited to see how it would play out in a romance. Unfortunately for me, I just didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I expected to. I found that the first third of the novel just dragged on and on, for me. And let me stress the “for me” as this is purely my reaction to the book. While I understood the need for spending so much time in Beverly’s head in the beginning of the book, I felt as though I was there too much and not getting to experience Beverly’s world enough. Later in the book, there were times when I would get caught up in the story, but it was too short-lived and occurred too infrequently to improve my overall enjoyment. It didn’t help any that when the interactions between Beverly and her world began to increase, that she became quite petty in her actions, in my opinion. I understood why she felt hurt and betrayed, but what she did in “retaliation” seemed out of character for the woman she’d been presented as to that point and more like she took a page out of the “What Would Ella Do?” playbook. I don’t know. In the end, as much as it pains me to say it, Beverly was a just okay read for me. Again, FOR ME. My recommendation is that you download the sample and check it out for yourself because it is an interesting book that I think many people will love, it just didn’t do it for me.