Thursday, May 19, 2016

Close To You

GIVEAWAY

ISAAC, KARA
CLOSE TO YOU

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together -- and failing in love -- on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire is a former academic who is done with love. Her belief in 'happily ever after' ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide. Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then his girlfriend suddenly left him -- for his biggest business competitor -- and took his more guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing forclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he'll do whatever it takes in convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they're not looking for?

My Review:

Seriously, how can anyone resist a heroine with hobbit feet? I certainly can't! A delightful mix of comedy and drama in the exotic (to me) locale of New Zealand.

I'm not a huge Tolkien fan -- don't speak Elvish and wouldn't know how to outsmart a troll under the direst of circumstances. I read The Hobbit in my teens but never could get into the Lord of the Rings and...gasp...I haven't seen the movies! BUT I still loved this book. I think the media has played a huge role in keeping Tolkien's imaginative realm in our minds and hearts all these years. So I was never floundering during this read. Even if I didn't get the reference, I understood it in context. All that to say no worries if your aren't familiar with Tolkien's works or the movies. You'll still love this story.

Because of my lack of true Tolkien fervor I completely related to poor Jackson. His circumstances are already dire and then to be thrust into the midst of true Tolkien fan-atics...well, it's no wonder he's out of his element. Delightfully grumpy and disgruntled as a matter of fact. :-)

And then there's Allison -- a wee bit jaded, running from her own unhappy problems while dealing with the eccentricities of an eclectic tour group. She might just be a tad short on patience and quick to judge when Jackson steps off the plane. Jackson and Allison settle into a "mutually disdainful relationship" that works well for them until some tour hijinks begin to change their point of view. Sparks vie with pure hard-headedness and culminate in an incredibly funny and poignant (and at times infuriating) rollercoaster of a read. This is one book that I would really love to see made into a movie!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Close To You please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 22 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. Your review really makes me want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome Kate. Good luck.

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  2. Sounds cute! I'm guessing Tolkien fans will enjoy it too?

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Tolkien fans will be over the moon, no worries there. Good luck, Rachael.

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  3. I cannot wait to read this book!! I love Tolkien and this story sounds brilliantly amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. My favourite Tolkien book is The Father Christmas Letters. Yes, brilliantly amazing is a good descriptor. Good luck, Abbi.

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  4. New author for me. cheeththecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. If I'm not mistaken this is her debut novel. Good luck.

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  5. Sounds like one I can't miss! Thanks for your thoughtful review!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  6. I am not a Tolkien fan but I have to say that your review has peaked my interest in reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. I'm sure you'll love it, Tolkien fan or not. Good luck.

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  7. Oh I am wanting this so bad! LOL. I adore Tolkien and cannot wait to see how it is intwined with this story.
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. It's very cleverly done, Susan. Good luck.

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  8. LittlemisslydisATgmailDOTcom
    New Zealand has been on my bucket list for so long! A literary journey is a near enough substitute for now.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    - Lydia

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    1. LittlemisslydiaATgmailDOTcom can't spell my own name!

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    2. Yes! There's something quite captivating about that country, isn't there? And not just because of the Lord of the Rings movies. Good luck, Lydia.

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  9. I can't wait to read this novel!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's fantastic! Good luck, Caryl.

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  10. Great review! This story sounds so interesting. I loved 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy! (The movies that is, haven't conquered the books yet) : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You'll be in your element, Cathy. Good luck.

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  11. O, definitely!! CLOSE TO YOU, please come close to me! Thanks! justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Clever comment, Just Commonly! LOL Good luck.

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  12. Oh, this sounds fun and colorful... New Zealand is quite a backdrop! :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. It is -- we don't have enough variety in settings in Christian Fiction. Good luck, Merry.

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  13. I LOVE Tolkien'S work and when I first heard about this book, I immediately added it to my TBR list.
    But hey, I get you, LOTR books can be hard to read, but the movies are so wonderful, I would highly recommend you watch them at least once ;)
    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's funny, because the movies have been on TV but I always discover them when they are half way through. I'll make watching them my summer goal. Good luck, Samantha.

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  14. I've enjoyed JRR Tolkiens work (books and movies), my dad had the whole paperback collection I read as a teen. While not overly fanatical about it, I'd very much enjoy this story And someday hope to visit NZ where they filmed the movies :-) Then I'd just pop over to visit my my, she lives there (NZ that is)!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You'll love this book then, Trixi, because they tour all the movie places. I wonder if such a tour actually exists? Good luck.

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  15. I have been waiting so excitedly for this book. I'm thrilled about all of the amazing reviews. Although I had a feeling they were going to be good. I love when a new author comes out with guns blazing. I'm so happy for her. Her next book is up for pre-order already and it's an homage to C.S. Lewis this time!! I like J.R. Tolkien, but I LOVE C.S. Lewis! Nerds and Narnia unite! haha tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Ohhhh....C.S. Lewis I am all over. You are always such a font of knowledge, Terrill. Good luck.

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    2. I am a researcher by nature (not trade.) Although, it's usually trivial information that doesn't mean much to anyone else. haha

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  16. I would love to read your book! It sounds so good and can't wait to read it.
    pam1lunsfordATgmailDOTcom

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  17. New Zealand will be fun to read about!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Yes!!!!!! Good luck, rubynreba.

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