26 July 2014

Somewhere With You Tour Stop!

This is the tale of first and last loves. And those that come in between…
Jack Harrison is a relentless overachiever who leaves little in the way of compromise. A businessman to the core—he's hell-bent on being at the top of the food chain. After all, no one can trip you up if you’re on top, as he likes to say. The problem for Jack is there’s only one thing that continually trips him up—and that’s her.
Amelie Rose, with a name like poetry and a heart of gold, as her father always said, is a free-spirited photographer who has managed to land a job at one of the top travel magazines in the world. This is both a blessing and a curse since Amelie never stays in one place for long and has refused to commit to anything—ever.
It might seem to the casual observer that these two have almost nothing in common. But fate would disagree. The story chronicles Jack and Amelie’s lives from childhood into adulthood, beginning when they meet as then eight- and ten-year-olds at summer camp specifically designed for children who’ve lost too much.

As fate steps in, and that first summer seals the deal, they come to depend on each other in ways neither of them expected, with each summer bringing them closer than the last. As they come to terms with life and loss, with hanging on and letting go, they’ll teach each other that some bonds are meant to last. Together, they will travel the world, meeting in various places where they’ll come together, and fall apart, all the while struggling to discern if the other could possibly be the one.

This unlikely love story takes us on an adventure where two people come of age, fall in and out of love, and question the role timing plays in it all.
Their story is proof that neither time nor distance—perhaps not even death—can destroy what love creates.

So it seems the only question left to ask is whether love is enough?
*For mature audiences.

I just finished Somewhere With You and I liked it. It's one of those stories about love, forgiveness, and second chances. It's a heartfelt story that starts at a young friendship. Jack and Amelie experience loss. No one should have to go through that in life but that is exactly it....life. It's sad and tragic but it's comes with rewards if you look at it at a different angle.  You cherish the memories and learn from them of those you lose.  For Jack and Amelie it's hard for them because essentially they are alone in a world where it's not kind to them. But they have one another even if they do not want to acknowledge it. Once they do it becomes a beautiful love story.  You just have to read to understand. 
I really enjoyed this story. It was beautifully written. It was well thought out. It had some surprising moments for me that I wasn't expecting.  Normally I read a few reviews to get an understanding and yes it is getting 5 and 4 stars but it wasn't giving me a lot to go on so I was skeptical.   I thoroughly enjoyed it.  
Jack is a very serious guy. He had to grow up pretty quick and he was angry at the world. I get that. He loses his mom to cancer and his dad ships him of to camp (camp for kids that had lost someone) where he doesn't know anybody. There are bullies everywhere but here walks in Amelie. She sticks up for him but being as young as he is doesn't take her help lightly her being a girl and all.  But he cannot get her out of his mind.  So camp every year ends up being a place he can go to be himself and see Amelie.  She is such a free spirited girl. Total opposite from Jack. She lost her dad. The one person that made her feel special so I get why she acts the way she does.   Jack and Amelia bring out the best and worse in themselves but they cannot be apart from one another.  It always keep coming back to them. Never the right time. Will it ever be right?  
Seriously, after finishing it I was on the fence.  Things happened in the story that I wasn't happy with but at the end of the day when you think about all the good important things in the story, it made me realize that the things I didn't like didn't matter. It was still a beautifully written story that pulls at the heart strings in all different directions and to be honesty that's all that matters.  I enjoyed it and would recommend to my girls. 
As soon as Amelie and Jack checked into the hotel, they promptly had sex. Which should have made Jack happy but it didn’t. She seemed different in that regard. More confident. And definitely, less innocent. After they finished, he watched Amelie as she stood at the counter and reapplied her makeup. “I thought you weren’t seeing anyone,” Jack hissed.
She stopped mid application and eyed him in the mirror. “I’m not.”
“So you’re not fucking anyone else either then?” he demanded.
Amelie did a double take. “I never said that.”
He threw his hands up. “So you are then. I knew it.”
She turned and faced him. “Did I miss something? Did we have an agreement about that?"
Jack felt his face redden. “I didn’t think we needed to.”
Amelie turned back to the mirror and spoke slowly, matter of factly. “So you haven’t slept with anyone, Jack? That’s what you want me to believe? Because I don’t. Not for a second...”
“This isn’t about me.”
She smiled wryly and met his gaze head on. “Isn’t it?”
For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler Extraordinaire. That just about covers it…
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn’t driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it’s genetic. She is the author of three novels, Bedrock, Breaking Bedrock, and Somewhere With You, with plans to release fourth and fifth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to nearly 1000 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys–serving and running Austin Women’s Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.
In her free time, you might find Britney running, reading, or spending time utilizing the wonderful venues that make her city great.
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