I will be the first to admit that I am a little late to the Renee Carlino bandwagon. I only read Sweet Thing about three months ago. But after reading that, the follow-up novella, Sweet Little Thing, and now Nowhere But Here, it is safe to say that I am firmly ensconced in Renee Carlino fandom. She has become an auto-read author for me.
Will it sound weird if I told you that reading this story felt like a warm, wonderful hug to me? **looks around nervously**
Nowhere But Here was a wonderfully sweet and engaging love story. Not only is this a love story, but this is a story about finding yourself, and who you are meant to be. It’s also a story about relationships. Not just the romantic relationship between the lead characters, but about the relationships with those surrounding them. Family, friends, co-workers, they all play an important role in who Kate and Jamie are, and who they become.
Even though Kate and Jamie’s romance is the very definition of “whirlwind”, it feels so natural to the reader that it’s hard to remember that they’ve only known each other a short time.
This book was really refreshing to me in that the story is focused on the characters, on their story, on their love. There’s no “hook” , no “novelty” that the author tried to fashion a story around. This is a love story in it’s truest, purest form. Yes, there is drama, heartache, and anger, but these emotions aren’t forced, and for good or for bad, you can sense the true passion behind the angst.
Renee Carlino writes a lyrical story about finding your worth, loving yourself, and the game-changer that is finding your soulmate.
After finishing this story, my grin was all sortsa cheesy, this story made me so happy, it really did feel like a hug!!
Oh, oh, OH! Did I mention the little cameo from (my)Will and Mia?? LOVED.