Review: Somewhere With You by Britney King

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Title: Somewhere With You
Author: Britney King
Release Date: April 10, 2014
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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.

Falls Review 
4.5 Glasses

This is the first book that I have had to pleasure of reviewing of Britney Kings. Somewhere With You reminded me a lot of the book One Day (I actually loved the movie). I loved this book and the only reason I did not five it a 5 glass review was because of the ending. I started Somewhere With you around 2pm and finished it around 1am. It was one of those books that grabs your attention and you can't wait to find out what happens next. 

Amelie Rose is a free spirit. She has one rule and that is there are no rules. She's a risk taker and a fly by the seat of your pants kind of kid. She loves her camera and takes it with her wherever she goes. When she looses her dad in a fatal car accident her mom thinks it would be a good idea to send her to Camp Hope. A bereavement camp for children who have lost loved ones. She quickly falls head over heels for Jack Harrison the older boy with a chip on his shoulder. As hard as Amelie tries Jack only sees her as a little sister or a "kid" as he has so graciously nicknamed her. Watching him from afar and wanting him to be her own Amelie must learn to accept the fact that she might never be what Jack wants. She is just not so sure she is ok with that. 

Jack Harrison is stubborn, driven and carries a chip on his shoulder. He lost his mom to cancer when he was 9 and his dad, forever a business man, has always taught Jack that men don't show weakness. He hates Camp Hope and knows his dad only sends him there to get him out of the way. When he meets Amelie his life changes no matter how hard he tries to stop it from happening. He doesn't understand her yet there is something about her that draws him to her. The way she smiles at him reminds him so much of the way his mom used to look at him. Forced together year after year Jack finally starts to bend and slowly lets Amelie in. It isn't until much later that he realizes just how "in" Amelie really is. 

This is a book about love1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is a popular verse about love. However Love is not always patient and it is most definitely not always kind. Love is jealous and it is weak. Love is easily angered and not always easily forgiven. Love is a journey and a test and is never stagnant but always moving, always changing. It grows and expands, shrinks and contracts. It beats strong and true and weak and thready. Love will make you feel like you can walk on water and in the next beat squeeze the life out of your soul. Love is beautiful and ugly.......if you find this kind of Love, this true brilliant, tortuous love then hold onto to it and don't let it get away. Fight for it and savor it and tell that love everyday how much it means to you. 

I loved (no pun intended) this book. This book chronicles Amelie and Jacks life from when they meet at Camp Hope until they are Adults. How they come together and fall apart time after time. I fell hard and fast for Amelie and her tortured free spirit and Jack and his negativity on life and love. I honestly believe that you will learn something about yourself by reading this book. My only disappointment was the end. I have no idea if this story plans to continue. I really hope it does because the story did just that.......end. I give Somewhere With You 4.5 glasses of Pinot and a box of kleenex. If you are looking for a good read that has a little bit of everything then I highly recommend this book. When you go and buy it come back and leave me a comment about what you thought and tell Britney as well. The greatest gift an Author can receive is reviews of her work. Cheers!

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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