Monday, July 22, 2013

Blog Tour: This Time Around by Ellie Grace

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for This Time Around by Ellie Grace.  This is an absolutely gorgeous story about a second chance at love.

Title: This Time Around
Author: Ellie Grace
Release date: July 15, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart.  It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on.

Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew.  If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again.

They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?

If you're looking for a sweet, uncomplicated love story then This Time Around is a perfect choice.  

The book tells the story of Nora and Jake, high school sweethearts who broke up just before Nora left to got to college.  For four years the two lived their lives apart, but never really recovered from the break up or moved on from their feelings for each other.  As best friends Susie and Ethan are set to wed, Nora returns to her hometown of Beaufort and must prepare herself for seeing Jake again for the first time in four years.  What follows is a beautiful story about finding love that both Nora and Jake had thought lost and discovering the courage to follow dreams that really matter.

Nora is a bright young woman, talented song writer and singer and four years into her law degree.  With a loving family and a father who has very high expectations, Nora has never seriously considered a future other than becoming a lawyer in her fathers firm - apart from a brief time when she was re-evaluating her plans to go to college which would take her away from Jake.  But the break up shook those thoughts from her mind and she followed the path expected of her. 

Jake on the other hand is a bit of a rough diamond, who has not been able to shake his reputation as a 'bad kid'.  The break up with Nora hit him hard and he had a rough patch for a while, but managed to pull himself together and finish a degree in architecture.  Working for his father's construction company he is exploring options to pursue his career, but is clearly not complete.

As the two re-connect their feelings are still evident and they must work through issues associated with their break up so they can build a future together.  This presents more of a challenge for Nora than Jake as she struggles with meeting her father's expectations and doing what she wants to do.  Unlike many books, there is a not mountain of drama in this story.  It is a very realistic scenario that plays out and it is written well.  This approach was a refreshing change for me and I really enjoyed reading This Time Around as a consequence.

Written from both Nora and Jake's point of view we get to see things from each perspective.  I've said before that I am a big fan of this style as it always helps me to connect with both characters.  This Time Around is a short, sweet read that left me feeling good at the end of it.  I think it is definitely worth picking up.

4 out of 5 stars

Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.

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(3) eBook copies of This Time Around (Gifted by the author from Amazon - Open to countries that can accept gifted eBooks from these stores)
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