Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches, reads from her newest novel: the rollicking tale of a young jewelry shop owner who accidentally leads her Instagram followers to believe that she’s engaged—and then decides to keep up the ruse. She will appear in-conversation with local author Samantha Matt.
Eliza Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. One night, after learning of an ex’s engagement, Eliza accidentally posts a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger to her Instagram account beloved by 100,000 followers. Sales skyrocket, press rolls in, and Eliza learns that her personal life is good for business. So she has a choice: continue the ruse or clear up the misunderstanding. With mounting financial pressure, Eliza sets off to find a fake fiancé.
Fellow entrepreneur Blake seems like the perfect match on paper. And in real life he shows promise, too. He would be perfect, if only Eliza didn’t feel also drawn to someone else. But Blake doesn’t know Eliza is “engaged”; Sophie asks Eliza for an impossible sum of money; and Eliza’s lies start to spiral out of control. She can either stay engaged online or fall in love in real life.
Written with singular charm and style, Love at First Like is for anyone growing up and settling down in the digital age.
Hannah Orenstein is the author of Playing with Matches and Love at First Like, as well as the senior dating editor at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Seventeen.com. She lives in Brooklyn.
Samantha Matt is the Director of Audience Development at Reviewed, a USA TODAY website, and author of the forthcoming Average is the New Awesome, which is being released in January 2020. She is the founder of ForeverTwentySomethings.com and runs the popular Instagram account @20somethingproblems. Her writing has appeared in Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, HuffPost, and more. Samantha lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.