City Lights & Country Nights: Part of Your World Review

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Last updated on February 29th, 2024

In this Part of Your World review, we’ll explore the first book of the series by Abby Jimenez. This novel is a heartwarming and touching story between two people who could not be more different. 

Using Jimenez’s classic triad of quirky animals, authentic characters, and irresistible chemistry, she pens a beautiful story that balances serious issues such as domestic abuse and depression with funny and adorable moments, proving once again why her books are always worth reading. 

If you’re wondering whether you need to read this series in order, you definitely don’t. I read Jacob’s story before Daniel’s, and it didn’t ruin anything for me.

Part Of Your World – Abby Jimenez

5 out of 5
illustrated book cover of Part Of Your World by Abby Jimenez featuring a man with a baby goat against a village backdrop and a woman against a city background

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUB DATE: April 19, 2022
TROPE: opposites attract, older woman
TWs: domestic/emotional abuse, depression

Using Jimenez’s classic triad of quirky animals, authentic characters, and irresistible chemistry, she pens a beautiful story that balances serious issues with funny and adorable moments, proving once again why her books are always worth reading. 

Characters
5 out of 5
Plot
5 out of 5
Writing
5 out of 5
Overall Enjoyment
5 out of 5
Narration
5 out of 5
Table of contents

Synopsis

After a wild bet, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, and cuddling with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.

While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important.

Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.

Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him, either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?

Characters

Alexis comes from a world of privilege, while Daniel comes from a world of hard work and manual labor. He prefers plaid and denim, and she favors Dolce & Gabbana. He runs a local B&B that’s always in need of repairs, while she grew up in a mansion run by employees.

But the one thing they have in common is their obligation to their family’s legacies. I loved seeing them navigate each other’s differences to be together.

Their meet-cute was such a charming and funny introduction to their story, and it reminded me of a similar start in When in Rome by Sarah Adams. Their chemistry was undeniable, and I appreciated how their relationship progressed in such an organic and genuine way.

Daniel

Jimenez is famous for her sweet and endearing golden retriever heroes. Daniel is thoughtful, charming, and refreshingly vulnerable. I adore male characters who challenge toxic masculinity and are open about their emotions, and Daniel does just that.

“When she left, the only proof I ever had that she’d been here, or that she even existed at all, was the ache I was starting to feel when she was gone.”

You can feel Daniel’s honesty and emotions through the pages as the story progresses. From his desire to be good enough for Alexis to his desperation to keep her in his life, his efforts have earned him a spot at the top of my list of favorite book boyfriends.

Alexis

Alex is a 37-year-old ER doctor who was born in a world of privilege, where she was groomed to continue her family’s legacy of pioneering medical advancements. However, as she spends time with Daniel and realizes that life is about more than just accomplishments, her perspective shifts.

I enjoyed following her on her journey as she discovered her voice and began to prioritize her own needs. By the end, I wanted to give her a big ol’ high 5! 

I found a few moments a little hard to believe, such as her not knowing how to use a broom. However, these were quickly redeemed by Daniel’s character and how the author handled Alexis’ efforts to be self-sufficient.

I had a soft spot for Alexis because I used to work in the ER, and listening to her describe the funny cases she encountered made me miss my time there.

Side Characters

From comedic best friends to quirky townsfolk, the side characters in Part of Your World are a delight to read about. They complimented the story in the sweetest of ways. BRIANNA, Alexis’ best friend, was hilarious and exactly the kind of friend that everyone needs.

And Daniel’s best friend, DOUG, is hilarious! There was a scene where he helped Daniel send a naked picture to Alexis that had me laughing so hard while I was driving that I had to slow down just to finish laughing.

“Just keep her laughing,” Doug said. “When a woman laughs, her eyes are closed more. She won’t notice how ugly you are.”

A common thread in Jimenez’s books is trouble-making, fun-loving DOGS. I found it particularly endearing how she humanizes them by giving each one a unique disability, from hearing impairment to missing limbs.

Yet she shows how beautifully these disabilities don’t slow down life at all but instead add a layer of wonderment and humor.

Plot

Part of Your World portrays abusive relationships, including both physical and emotional abuse. Jimenez approached this sensitive topic with great sensitivity, which made the book even more memorable and validating for those who have experienced such situations.

She effectively highlighted the struggles from the victim’s perspective while also acknowledging the helplessness felt by those who love them enough to want them to get out of it. 

Depression was briefly shown towards the end, after the third act conflict, and the heartbreak between the characters was palpable. It was frustrating to see how much they loved each other but could not make it work because of societal barriers.

There was also the component of an age gap between them being an obstacle, with Alexis being 37 and Daniel being 28.

Although the story had a bit of an insta-love feel initially, I couldn’t help but smile as Daniel and Alexis built on their physical attraction.

The angst was paced well, and I found myself looking for excuses to keep listening to the audiobook, eagerly anticipating when they would finally give in (even though I had already listened to this audiobook before).

The ending was such a satisfying conclusion after such an emotionally heavy read. By the time I reached the epilogue, I didn’t want the story to end. It left me wanting more of Wakan and its adorable townsfolk.

As with Brianna and Jacob’s story, Jimenez does an amazing job balancing the serious issues of the book with sweet, tender moments that will surely capture your heart.

Writing

This audiobook is one that I’ve listened to more than once, thanks to Jimenez’s writing and Zachary Webber’s narration. She writes the types of stories that you could read over and over again without losing their enjoyment.

Dual POVs are my favorite way to experience a romance book. Often, knowing only one side of the story gives a biased opinion and only provides part of the picture. Daniel’s POV added so much emotional impact with his vulnerability, and Alexis’ POV added an intimate look at emotional abuse that the story would have been missing something without it. 

I enjoyed how the author took me through different settings in Part of Your World. The contrast between Alexis’ experiences in the city and the country was effectively conveyed through the tone of the writing.

The witty and funny dialogues in the scenes set in Wakan were especially engaging and showed Jimenez’s skill in crafting entertaining conversations. At the same time, the tense discussions in the city scenes reflected the challenges Alexis faced in her urban life. The tonal shifts were evident and added more depth to the book.

Narration

I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again – Zachary Webber is one of my favorite audiobook narrators! I’m always excited to listen to a story when he’s reading it. His voice was perfect for Jacob in the sequel to Part Of Your World, and he was equally perfect for Daniel.

I adore how he can make his characters come alive by infusing them with emotions. When I listened to the chapter where Daniel’s heart breaks, I almost cried along with him because of Webber’s convincing narration.

I was introduced to Julia Whelan’s voice in The Measure and instantly loved her. They couldn’t have chosen a better narrator for Alexis.

The way she embodied the maturity of an older woman through her voice and seamlessly transitioned between accents for each character drew me into the story and made it an incredibly enjoyable listen.

Best Quotes

  • Love follows you. It goes where you go. It doesn’t know about social divides or distance or common sense. It doesn’t even stop when the person you love dies. It does what it wants. Even if what you want is to not be in love.
  • Grace costs you nothing.
  • I’m not an asshole. It’s my favorite thing about myself.
  • Sometimes what you have to give is enough. Even if it’s a rock instead of a diamond

Conclusion

Part of Your World will give you all the warm and fuzzy feelings reminiscent of a well-written contemporary romance.

I have enjoyed this book multiple times and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for an emotionally rewarding, feel-good read.

Enjoyed this review? Then be sure to add ‘Part Of Your World’ to your TBR. And if you have already read this book and have some thoughts to share, drop them in the comments below. I would love to hear them!

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