Michelle needs our book help! And I LOVE this kind of trope. Reminds me of Sweet Dreams and how the bar owner (Tate!) treated her and what she overheard him say about her. Remember that. ROAR!!!! But boy did that part hook me HARD. And I LOVED that book. P.S. Here’s my review.
Though I don’t think that’s the one she’s looking for, because the heroine in the book she’s looking for is young.
I read a book a few years ago, I can’t remember the name and it’s not in my bookstore app.