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Britney King writes modern love stories for mature audiences. She also enjoys suspense and often finds her sweet spot penning a good mixture of the two.
She is the author of six novels and is currently at work on number seven.
She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.
She enjoys hearing from readers and would love it if you would connect with her via Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter or at www.britneyking.com
on May 29, 2015 :
Title: Somewhere With You
Author: Britney King
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars
***Received an ARC of this book from the author for an unbiased and honest review***
Somewhere With You is a standalone contemporary romance told in two parts, the first following the male lead Jack, and the second part, his love counterpart, Amelie.
The premise of this story drew me in immediately. The idea of two people from different walks of life, having experienced the loss of a parent at a young age coming together at a bereavement camp, each summer bringing with it a change in their relationship and then how they handled it all in the separations experienced after, a topic I feel was not something overdone.
You first meet Jack and Amelie at 10 and 8 years old respectively, and their first meeting was definitely not one for the ages, but definitely one that left behind an impression, and setting the stage for what I felt would be one hell of a love story. As they grew both physically and emotionally through their time together at this camp, eventually taking their friendship to the next level, it is hard for one not to become invested in these two having a happy ending.
Jack is the straighter laced of the two. He follows in his father’s footsteps and seems determined even from a young age to tow the line, but also not afraid to go after what he wants, even if it happens to be the complete opposite of the way he is.
Enter Amelie, who in the beginning seems to want to do right by him, even as young children. A girl who develops feelings toward Jack despite his complete lack of knowledge of it until the point is slammed home by others at the camp and long after she has shut down whatever it she thought she was feeling at the time. Moving on from him and becoming more of a free spirit than she may have already been.
After some back and forth, and some horrible situations that Amelie finds herself in, the two finally come together and for this reader, it just fits. Two people that in most instances shouldn’t work at all, for the most part just seem to and no matter what avenues their lives take from that moment on, they always manage to come back to each other, despite life throwing them curves and separating them.
This is where the book became quite a bit harder for me to get behind.
Life is messy and no life more so than young people that are dealing with loss and also with the feelings, sensations and all that comes with growing up. Maybe it’s because I became a mother at the ages of these characters that their choices seemed harder to take that I couldn’t get behind it, maybe it just didn’t feel right to me with the way I felt about them from the start, but I had a hard time with a good part of what came next in the story of their love.
What I couldn’t get behind most was the cheating. No they were not cheating on one another, at least Jack wasn’t. He stayed loyal to Amelie even in their times apart because he truly believed even at that age that he was in love with her, and even if all they could have is the somewhere together in the summer, it was enough as long as they kept in touch the way they had been. I can understand where Amelie came from since there had up until that point never been a moment where they sat down and defined their relationship, but it still hurt and felt unfair to Jack.
Which brings me to the marriage. While that alone didn’t seem to get to me nearly as much as it might normally have, Jack being engaged to another woman after all, the callous way he waited until after he had been with her romantically to tell her, along with the false promises and lies he made when he finally admitted that the right thing to do would be to end it with his fiancé, was a bitter pill to swallow.
They weren’t the people they were before, the love between them stopped feeling like love and it was hard after that to reconnect.
But what I did connect with the most, and what really resonates with me long after this book is done is the letters that Jack’s mom wrote to him before she died and the glimpses we as readers get to see of them. From a mother, reading another mother’s thoughts especially knowing that she wouldn’t be around to see him grow up, it touched me. The words were heavy and poignant and very, very moving. I like to think if his mother had lived she would be someone I would love to meet.
While there is a happy ending here, I just wasn’t feeling it as much as I wanted to, but what I did take away from my reading of this story is that love, while just as messy as life sometimes, wants what it wants and no matter how much you deny it, separate yourself from it, or try and build a life away from it because you think it’s what’s best, it will always come back around again, and this time last longer than a summer.
Also…one can find happiness love and light even if it starts in the most saddening of darkness.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2014 :
Unique story, likeable characters, couldn't put it down! Will look for the sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)