Monday, 26 January 2015

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino - Review


Kate Corbin has lost her spark. A year ago, she had a handsome boyfriend and a budding career as a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper. But after the woman who raised her passed away, leaving her lost and alone, she fell into a rut—and never got out. Now she’s stuck writing fluff pieces about lipstick and wine, and feeling trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere.

 Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, Kate’s boss and mentor gives her the opportunity to jump-start her career. The assignment: spend a week interviewing R. J. Lawson, a famously reclusive tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently re emerged as the owner of a well-respected Napa Valley winery.

 Kate jumps at the chance, but the trip begins in disaster, both personally and professionally. After alienating R.J., her only saving grace is Jamie, a charming vineyard hand who shows her the beauty of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. It doesn’t take long for Kate and Jamie to fall hard, and for Kate to rethink her life in the city. But the week ends with a heartbreaking journey back to Chicago that sends Kate reeling, wondering what went wrong in those four perfect days.


Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: April 2014.

I want to be honest here and say I received an arc in exchange for an honest review. You see a few months ago I started this blog, I thought I was fairly knowledgeable in terms of indie and traditionally published authors, because I read, a lot, on average a book a day, on a good day when those silly things like a job or your husband get in the way, I can read my way through two or three. So when I received a PM from Renee Carlino months ago, welcoming me to the blogging world, asking me if I was interested in reading and reviewing Sweet Thing for her I'm ashamed to say I had no idea who she was. I said yes not knowing a thing about Renee, and yet almost instantly I was spellbound. Renee is the pied piper of the author world, she lulls you in, and before you know it, she's grabbed hold of your mind, your heart, your soul and won't let go.

As you can see I gush about Renee, Sweet Thing and Sweet Little Thing will go down as two of my favourite books, hell Will and Mia are one of my time favourite couples, so in saying that Nowhere But Here was always going to have high expectations placed on it.

So what's it about, Kate has suffered a lot over the years, no abuse or anything dark in her past but death, abandonment, the loss of loved ones. She's lost that spark, that illusive thing that made her who she is, it's just gone, she knows it, everyone around her knows it, so when she is given the chance, one last opportunity to interview a reclusive millionaire RJ Lawson at his award winning winery she takes the leap, along with the advice to not come back until she's found what's missing, that part of her that seems lost, that light that once shone in her eyes.

Heading to the winery to meet with RJ Lawson and his staff, she is immediately taken with Jamie, the all rounder and jack of all trades, and he is equal smitten with Kate. What ensues are two people learning to let someone in, learning to take a chance, learning to give yourself a chance to heal from the darkness that dominated your past.

If you've read my reviews before you know I don't do spoilers, so that's as much as you'll get from me in terms of synopsis. But I will say this Renee Carlino, you leave me speechless, picking up one of your books is like coming home, there's a sense of warmth, of peace, of contentment I feel every time I read your words. Your talent, your ability to draw me in, to hold me there, to transport me to another place, another time, quite simply astounds me.  Congratulations on Nowhere But Here, once again have taken my breath away.


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Renee Carlino
Author of USA TODAY bestseller SWEET THING

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