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If You Ask Me

Women's Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Released MARCH 8, 2022 from Berkley | PEnguIn Random House

When an advice columnist’s picture-perfect life implodes, she opts to go rogue in this hilarious, heartwarming romance from the author of Meet Me in Paradise.


Violet Covington pens Dear Sweetie, the most popular advice column in the state of North Carolina. She has an answer for how to politely handle any difficult situation…until she discovers her husband, Sam, has been cheating on her. Furious and out of sensible solutions, Violet leaves her filter at the door and turns to her column to air her own frustrations. The new, brutally honest Dear Sweetie goes viral, sending more shock waves through Violet’s life. When she burns Sam’s belongings in a front-yard, late-night bonfire, a smoking-hot firefighter named Dez shows up to douse the flames, and an unexpected fling quickly shows potential to become something longer lasting.

A lot of people want to see the old polished Violet return—including her boss, who finds her unpredictability hard to manage, and Sam, who’s begging for another chance. But Dez appreciates Violet just the way she is—in fact, he can’t get enough of her. The right answers don’t come easily when Violet finds herself at her own personal crossroads. But maybe, by getting real, Violet can write her own happy ending.

“A gracefully crafted tribute to searching for the right answer—and to finally realizing that sometimes it doesn’t exist. If You Ask Me is a heart-mending tale about the importance of being our authentic selves, and the joys to be found in

embracing our vulnerability. Equal parts funny and moving, Violet’s messy, hopeful journey and her beautiful romance will resonate with everyone who struggles with the unexpected twists and turns of life. Libby Hubscher is a master at creating compelling, relatable characters and heartwarming, emotional stories. I cannot wait for her next book!”

—New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood

“I gasped, I ground my teeth, and I cheered along with Violet as she gathered the smashed pieces of her life and used them to build something better than before.”—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties
“Full of southern charm and self-discovery. Libby Hubscher brings a light touch to heavy emotions in this witty novel about starting over in life and in love.”—Virginia Kantra, author of Beth & Amy
“A funny, feminist, feel-good novel about making mistakes, asking for advice, and writing your own happy ending. I laughed and I cried—this novel is an absolute joy!”—Freya Sampson, author of The Last Chance Library

“Brimming with hilarious moments and heartwarming characters, this rom-com stars Violet Covington, the writer of an advice column called Dear Sweetie.”—Women’s World

“This is a fun romance novel that deals with serious issues, such as infidelity, bad relationships, and more and still keeps a hopeful tone of optimism as the readers follow Violet from her lows to highs.”—Parkersburg News and Sentinel

“If You Ask Me is a breezy, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny story of a woman learning to confront life’s messes, both the ones she inherits and the ones she chooses to make.”—Shelf Awareness

“Another well-written rom-com with characters you root for and want to be happy. If you’re a fan of the genre you will like this one.”—Red Carpet Crash

“Hubscher alternates hilarity with probing explorations of healing and self-acceptance. It’s an uplifting, insightful treat.“—Publishers Weekly

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