|Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino|
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"The pretty ones are always a little cray-cray." - JamieKate Corbin, a 26-years-old, who lost her ambition in life. After a death of a loved one left her numb to the outside world, the young journalist finds herself writing meaningless articles. Her editor gave her a chance in a life time to interview mysterious tech genius R.J. Lawson, whose wine yard has acquired numerous acknowledgements. Determined this assignment would change her career, Kate packed her bags to travel to Napa Valley, where she will find more answers she could ever bargain for.
In a mood to read romance, I picked up this book and after this I became a bigger fan of Renee Carlino. It made me enthusiastic to read again since I was in a reading slump. Nowhere But Here contained uplifting story line that kept simple as possible without overdoing it. Adorable characters that got me squealing in my seat. Through all of this, the author delivered a meaningful message at the end.
A story of not giving up on love. Love comes and goes; it comes when Kate least expected to find it. When she found the love of her life, she pulled through to hold onto him. A beautiful tale of holding onto love when one find it.
There is something about Renee Carlino's female protagonist that makes me feel very connected to her. In this case, Kate lost the ability to see the optimist part in life after the death of dear loved one:
"There's no one to take care of me, no matter how many people surround me. I'm all I've got."She's at a point in her life, where she thinks it's her against the world; no one could save her, but herself. This brought so much feels since I sometime would think like her. It all changed once she step foot into Napa Valley. Jamie crushed her walls, letting her know that it was okay for someone to take of her. She does not have to stand alone to face the world, if she let, they will face it together. Rather than fearing oblivion, she embraced what life throws at her, especially love.
Mentioning of Jamie, a heartthrob, who stole Kate's heart and my heart at the same time. Not only is he a tech genius, he's handsome and a totally sweetheart. He has been through so much, yet that does not stopped him from wanting to give back by helping others.
This book could have easily been a cliche story about two people falling for each other, but it's so much more. The author's hidden message of embracing life:
"...'Leave your life. Leave everyone you love, every care, every stress, every commitment. Live alone. Understand what if feels like to know that if you go into cardiac arrest, chock on a piece of hot dog, or get electrocuted, no one will find you. You'll rot. No one will mourn you. Imagine this feeling haunting your thoughts for the rest of your life. You'll wither and vanish, and some stranger will take care of your things...Imagine that, live it, and let yourself believe that you should be alone, and then go back to the people who love you'...Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and the readiness to show appreciation in return...To live is to be grateful."People immersed themselves to busy themselves that they fail to count their blessings. If all the materialistic aspects in life taken away, one would be left with their loved one. People have to be happy for individuals in their lives; rather than taking them for granted. At the end of the day, the individuals who are in one's life are there for a purpose.
I cannot express how much I adore this book. The down to earth characters made them so very relatable. I rooted Kate on throughout all the struggles thrown at her. It makes me want to find a love that they have for each other.
To all the Sweet Thing's fans, Will and Mia make a guest appearance.
End note: I highly recommend Nowhere But Here. It's a wonderful book to read about love and being grateful for the people in our lives.
Rating: 5/5 stars!