Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge: It's You by Jane Porter

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

This week's book is It's You by Jane Porter.

About the book:

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Brennan Sisters novels comes a heartwarming story about finding love and strength, even in the darkest moments…
In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.
What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.
As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.
Ali is lost.  Her fiance, Andrew, died six weeks before their wedding (and it's under awful circumstances).  She's been getting by for over a year, but just barely.  Her dad has had a small accident and travels to see him in Napa Valley (her mom passed away 6 months after Andrew).  He lives in an assisted living home in the area and is friends with a 90+ year old woman named Edie.  Edie is not a huge of Ali's but they soon both discover that they have loss of a loved one in common.  Edie and Ali develop of friendship (of sorts) and Edie entrusts Ali with the secrets of her younger life during WWII.  From here Ali goes on a quest to see Edie's world from the past and present and in the process learns to deal with her own grief to move forward.

This book has a lot of tragic heartbreak to it.  Both of the women in this story were completely shattered and heartbroken in their lives (and in Edie's case, more than once).  I enjoyed when Ali traveled in order to find herself, but also helping Edie in the process.  Ali learns to let go of the "why's" of Andrew's death and realizes that you have to forgive in order to have true love.  I also loved that Ali makes some decisions based on what she wants and not what is expected of her.  This book did not just wrap up everyone's storylines in a happy little bow, but instead there is a sense of hope and happiness about what is possible to come.  I thought that this made the book perfect and hopeful for Ali.

Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 47 romances and women's fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. Today, Jane has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear. 
Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband three sons, and two dogs. You can learn more about Jane at janeporter.com.

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