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The Nearness of You Book Review

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source:  Library

Synopsis : New York City. The hustle and bustle. The people and the excitement. It’s all Lily Denton dreams about. But ever since her mother died, her overprotective father won’t ease up on her. So she spends her days working at the library and her nights hoping life doesn’t pass her by . . . until the Fall Festival. As tourists fill the streets, the crisp autumn air sneaks in-as does the thrill of a far more dangerous kind.

Some men have a gift for avoiding trouble. Professional photographer Boone Tatum isn’t one of them. In fact, that penchant for trouble is exactly what landed Boone in this small town in the middle of nowhere in the first place. Yet the moment he meets beautiful Lily Denton and snaps her photograph, everything changes. Suddenly leaving is the furthest thing from Boone’s mind-or his heart.

But danger has slipped silently into this sleepy town, marking Lily as its own. And Lily and Boone’s dream of a life together is thrown into peril-unless Lily finds the courage to stand up for herself and a man she only just met . . . and can’t live without.

Personal Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve read a Dorothy Garlock book but I always look forward to them and enjoy reading her work. This one is no different. It starts with two girls trying to leave their small town in the middle of nowhere USA. For whatever reason, one of the girls, Lily, has a change of heart and bails at the last minute. From there starts a journey that proves that Lily made the right decision to stay behind.

A few days after her decision, she meets Boone, a photographer that works for Life Magazine, taking a photograph of her and her world tilts on its axis. As each day passes and he cover the festival that happens every year, Boone gets to know Lily and a relationship starts to bloom, but not without trouble lurking in the background.

Overall a great read with wonderful characters that pull you into the story and keeps you entertained. Definitely worth the read.

Rating : 4/5 Stars

Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares  by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Published: October 26, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

It all started with just one thing… a red notebook in a bookstore called The Strand. A stranger finds a red notebook in a bookstore and opens it. Within its pages lies a dare:

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t put the book back on the shelf, please.”

Lily has left a notebook at her favorite bookstore full of challenges for the right guy to come and do them. Is Dash the right guy? Or are they just playing a game of cat and chase, sending the other to another mysterious location with a clue.  Can their in person encounter be anything like the characters on the written page? Let us find out.

Personal Thoughts:

I found this book to be written uniquely. The various clues that were left for either Dash or Lily and the clever way that each found their respective clues made me admire them. I don’t think I would have done as well as them had I been put in their shoes. Although, who knows how well or how poorly I would do unless I did it myself?

I loved how Dash was all moody and mysterious and full of hate for Christmas, while Lily was the exact opposite. She made him go and sit on Santa’s lap! A 16 year old boy on Santa’s lap! I was laughing when I read that part. 🙂 This book was a great scavenger hunt at a time and place where it’s easy to get lost. I’ve been to New York around Christmas time and I know exactly how crowded and chaotic it can get around Christmas time.

Lily and Dash are a pair of characters. One thing that the authors did that I really liked was how they made the secondary characters be as active as the protagonists. In doing that, it felt like I knew each and every one of them by the end of  the book. Some more, and some less.