Somewhere With You by Britney King **Book Blitz, Excerpt & Review**
Title: Somewhere With You Author: Britney King Book Blitz: May 27-29 Hosted by: SBB Promotions
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?
4.5 travelling stars
Jack Harrison is a successful competitive businessman, but he wasn't always like that. When he was a little boy he used to be carefree and kind spirited. But the change began when he was 10 and met the love of his life, Amelie, who was 8, at Camp Hope, a camp for children who had lost a parent.
"Roses are red.
Violets are blue.My dad is dead.If you're here...Yours probably is, too."
Amelie is a free spirit who has always loved photography. Ever since she remembered herself she would be looking through a lens. She is a little bit crazy and adventurous and she dreams of traveling around and capturing the beauty of the world with her camera.
They start a friendship that lasts for years and they meet every summer at the camp, until the year that Jack turns seventeen and Amelie fifteen, when an incident changes everything for them. They go through a lot together, as years are rolling, wrapping them with love and loss, distance between them and other issues that they fight to overcome, but sometimes love may not be enough and fate may have other plans for them. The question is are they ready to fight with fate and overcome every obstacle in the way? Is their love going to be enough in the end?
"Where is it you want to go?"
"I was thinking... Somewhere with you."
I really really enjoyed this journey! I love friends to lovers and this certainly belongs on my top list. It had everything that I adore in this type of stories. Flashbacks, past & present, light and funny, but with some angst and drama as well. I didn't always agree with the actions that took place in the book, I didn't always support the decisions these characters took (view spoiler), but I didn't love the book any less.
It was a really sweet read that progressed in time, watching the hero & the heroine going through age stages, kids, teenagers, students, adults. I really really loved that and I appreciated the character development. It was a wonderful, fun and emotional journey and I'm looking forward to reading more about them in the future.
Copy was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
My Dearest Jack,
If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably just had your heartbroken for the first time. Or at least it feels that way, anyway. But I want you to remember, son, that this isn’t the first time (nor will it likely be the last) that you’ve felt this way. You’ve been through so much already, and if you’re reading my letter, then obviously, you’ve survived thus far. And while it may not feel like it just now, you’ll survive this, too.
There are so many things I want to tell you about love, Jack. Oh, how I wish I were there to tell you this in person, to hug you, and hold your hand. Though,I’m guessing at this age, you might not like hand holding so much anymore. I try to picture you, what you look like now, where you are as you’re reading this, and it brings me so much joy to think of you all grown up. I looked in on you tonight as I’ve done every night since the day you were born, and as I watched you sleep, I pictured the man you’ll become. It’s hard not to feel a little bit bitter knowing I won’t be there to see it all. Oddly enough, though, it is with that sentiment that I want to tell you about love. If you are reading this and your heart is broken, you are lucky, Jack. I want you to pause a moment and let that really sink in. You are so damned lucky. Feeling this way, it means that you are living and more importantly—that you are loving. You cannot know how lucky you are to love until you’ve felt the immense pain of having to let that love go. It is a part of life. And as I am learning, it is also a part of death. Do not waste it. Do not play small. Lick your wounds, but then get back out there. Love harder next time. Most people don’t do that, you see. They get hurt once, and they hide behind it. They use it to excuse themselves into living guarded lives, never quite feeling the passion, the love that they are capable of. But not you, son. Don’t make that mistake. And I hope that if you consider taking that route, you’ll think of me and you’ll feel my love and know that even though I may have lost my battle, that I didn’t go down without a fight.
Neither will you, my love.
Neither will you.
I love you always,
P.S. Tips for healing a broken heart: time, above all else (don’t worry, you won’t feel this way forever), ice cream, and meaningful work. Now is the time to start a new project, Jack. Try something new, throw yourself into it, and let yourself get lost in it. You’ll come out all right in the end. You always have.
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 two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 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.